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by Matt Slater
20 January 2016
A China bank account certificate is a permit which allows a Mainland China-registered company do open a corporate bank account and conduct financial business in China.
When doing business with a Chinese company, asking them to provide you with a copy of this certificate allows you to ensure they have a bank account in China and you can even insist on making payments to this account.
This article provides some background on the China bank account certificate and gives an explanation of how it is used.
The official name of the China bank account certificate is "开户许可证", which roughly translates directly into English as “Open Bank Account Permit”.
The certificate is issued to newly registered Mainland China companies when they first register for a corporate bank account with a Chinese bank. In most cases this account is the company’s basic Renminbi (Chinese yuan) account.
This is what the certificate looks like if you have received a scan or photo of the original document:
From top to bottom the fields on the China bank account certificate are as follows:
The only organization which can issue a China bank account certificate is the People’s Bank of China, although other banks can apply for it on behalf of a newly-registered Chinese company when they first apply for a corporate bank account. In any case, the certificate still needs to be stamped approved by the People’s Bank of China.
The People’s Bank of China is the central bank of the People’s Republic of China.
Every Mainland China-registered company is required to obtain this certificate when they first sign-up for a basic account at a Chinese bank.
Possession of this certificate is then subsequently a precondition for the opening of other bank accounts, such as foreign currency accounts, either at the same or at another bank.
One method for foreign companies to protect themselves when doing business in China is to request that payments are only made to the bank account number specified on the China bank account certificate.
Hi there, I'm Matt, the Founder & CEO of China Checkup. Originally from the UK, I am now based in Brisbane, Australia.
Frustrated by the scarcity of concise, high-quality and timely information about Chinese companies, I setup China Checkup whilst living in Shanghai in 2013.
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Read this guide if you want to understand the difference between China city types, including municipalities, prefecture-level cities, county-level cities and more.
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