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Chinese Company Registration Status Terms Glossary

Chinese Company Registration Status Terms Glossary

by Matt Slater March 27, 2019

This glossary identifies the different Chinese company registration status terms that appear on official Mainland China company records.

If you are trying to find out if a Chinese company's registration has been revoked, cancelled or rescinded we hope the terms in this glossary will be useful to you.

Keep reading to find out about the various Chinese terms used to describe a company's registration status and get our English translations.

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Make These 4 Checks Before Sending a China T/T Payment

Make These 4 Checks Before Sending a China T/T Payment

by Matt Slater March 20, 2019

One of the most common ways to pay a Chinese supplier is to make a China T/T Payment, but it is not a method that comes without risk.

We regularly see cases where Chinese suppliers request payments to individual accounts, third parties, offshore accounts and offshore entities, rather than to their own Mainland Chinese corporate bank accounts.

Before sending a China T/T payment, pause and take a moment to make these 4 simple checks - they will help you ensure your payment is really going to the correct Mainland China entity.

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List of Countries with Freight Trains from China

List of Countries with Freight Trains from China

by Matt Slater February 25, 2019

In recent years freight trains from China have been capturing newspaper headlines by arriving in more and more countries.

Perhaps there is no more striking example of this then when the first China to Spain cargo train returned to Yiwu having covered a world record 16,156-mile round trip in 2015.

Read this article to learn about China's push for international rail cargo and find our which countries have already received freight trains from China.

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China Phone Codes - An Introduction

China Phone Codes - An Introduction

by Matt Slater January 24, 2019

With multiple international codes, hundreds of area codes and numbers of different lengths, making sense of China phone codes can be challenging.

Determining if a Chinese phone number is a mobile or a landline, and knowing where in the country it is located can be a useful way to better understand who you are dealing with.

If you want to learn more about China phone codes, including international codes, area codes (both 2-digit and 3-digit) and mobile codes, then this article is for you.

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Which Bodies Manage Chinese Lab Accreditation?

Which Bodies Manage Chinese Lab Accreditation?

by Matt Slater December 11, 2018

Chinese lab accreditation is managed by different accreditation bodies depending on whether the laboratory is located in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.

When you are importing products from China, requesting test reports to demonstrate that the product meets necessary standards can often be critical, and it is important for compliance purposes that these test reports are issued by accredited labs.

In this article we introduce the different bodies responsible for managing Chinese lab accreditation and show you where you can search for a Chinese lab.

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Can You Trust Alibaba Suppliers?

Can You Trust Alibaba Suppliers?

by Matt Slater November 29, 2018

Last year we ran a simple experiment on our website to find out whether or not our audience trust Alibaba suppliers. 

Thousands of visitors to our blog received the automated message from our live chat software "Just a quick question, do you feel that you can trust an Alibaba supplier?".

The 109 replies we received gave us some fascinating insights into the difficulties buyers face when deciding if they can trust Alibaba suppliers or not.

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5 Ways to Check Chinese Certificates are Legitimate

5 Ways to Check Chinese Certificates are Legitimate

by Matt Slater November 21, 2018

Has your business ever needed to check Chinese certificates for fakes or forgeries? If so, you are not alone.

Regrettably, it is quite common for some unscrupulous Chinese companies to use fake or altered certificates, unfairly tarnishing the reputation of the majority of companies that do the right thing.

In this article we introduce 5 techniques you can use to check Chinese certificates are legitimate, so you can steer clear of the companies that hand out fakes.

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China Stock Exchanges - An Overview

China Stock Exchanges - An Overview

by Matt Slater November 14, 2018

With China stock exchanges occupying 3 places amongst the world's top 8 it is no wonder the world is noticing China's economic might.

Stop to consider for a moment that the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen are each home to stock exchanges with market caps rivalling Europe's biggest. 

In addition to these 2 Mainland China stock exchanges, this article also takes a look at the Chinese stock exchanges operating in Hong Kong and Taipei.

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What are the 7 Regions of China?

What are the 7 Regions of China?

by Matt Slater November 08, 2018

Did you know that there are 7 different regions of China which are often cited in official sources when describing China's geography, climate, economy and governance?

Each of these regions are comprised of several Chinese provinces which are in close proximity and share certain geographical and cultural similarities.

Keep reading to view a map and learn more about the 7 regions of China.

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China ID Card - An Introduction

China ID Card - An Introduction

by Matt Slater October 31, 2018

If you have done business with a Chinese company there is a good chance that their staff have provided you with a scan or photo of their China ID Card.

This ID Card, also known as the Resident Identity Card, is compulsory for all Chinese citizens and contains much information about the holder.

Each China ID Card has a unique 18-digit Citizen Identity Number and knowing this number alone can tell you the holder's date of birth, place of birth and gender.

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Top 9 China Provinces Where Foreign Companies Do Business

Top 9 China Provinces Where Foreign Companies Do Business

by Matt Slater October 25, 2018

Foreign companies are doing business in China for a wide range of different reasons - including importing, exporting, setting up joint ventures, investing, developing new markets, developing new partnerships & more - but in which Chinese provinces are these efforts focused?

Is most business done in China's gateway municipalities of Shanghai and Beijing, or do foreign companies flock to the manufacturing powerhouse provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang?

Read this article to learn what are, according to our research, the 9 China provinces where foreign companies do business the most.

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10 Popular Chinese Business Gifts (+ A Few To Avoid)

10 Popular Chinese Business Gifts (+ A Few To Avoid)

by Matt Slater September 27, 2018

Here we introduce some Chinese business gifts which are commonly presented to customers, guests and employees by companies in China.

Like elsewhere in the world, giving gifts is a good way of communicating and to build relationships, but the traditions in China are likely to be a bit different to in your country. 

Exchanging gifts is an important part of Chinese business culture and giving the wrong gift can lead to embarrassment and misunderstandings, so we have covered some of the Chinese business gifts to avoid in this article too.

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