From 1 July 2006, holding companies that are duly designated as "regional headquarters" may:

  • engage in "commercial leasing" or "financial leasing" upon MOFCOM approval;
  • engage in contract processing trade in which all products are to be exported; and
  • centralise foreign exchange management for its affiliated companies upon State Administration of Foreign Exchange approval.

These activities expand upon a range of other permitted business activities for regional headquarters.