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Branch office

Similar to a liaison office the branch office of a foreign company in India must be set up with the prior consent of the RBI, for sectors under which 100% FDI is permissible under automatic route, with approval under other sectors accorded after consultation with Ministry of Finance. It can represent the foreign parent company in India and act as its buying or selling agent in India. However, a branch office cannot carry out any retail, manufacturing or processing activities. The branch office is permitted to remit surplus revenues to its foreign parent company subject to the taxes applicable. Operations of a branch office are restricted due to limitation on the activities that it can undertake.

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