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by Matt Slater
25 February 2016
When doing business with a Chinese company you will often be supplied with a China Customs Registration Certificate.
This article provides some background information on this certificate and gives an explanation of its relationship with the Foreign Trade Registration Certificate.
This is what the certificate looks like if you have ever received a scan or photo of the original document before.
On the left-hand side of the certificate the information presented is:
On the right-hand side of the certificate from top to bottom the fields are as follows:
A China Customs Registration Certificate is issued to a company through their local Customs Branch who also give the company an Enterprise Classification.
Chinese Customs are also responsible for issuing Import and Export Licenses which are additionally required for many types of restricted goods.
This certificate is not required for all Chinese companies; only for those engaged in importing and exporting.
If you are importing products from a Chinese company be sure to check that they have a legitimate China Customs Registration Certificate. Manufacturers not holding this certificate may be using a trading company to export goods.
Note that companies engaging in international trade must also hold a Foreign Trade Registration Certificate. This document is issued by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.
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by Matt Slater
11 December 2020
View this comprehensive list of cities in China from Ankang to Zunyi!
We have included all cities in China that are either at, or above, prefecture-level and they are listed both alphabetically and grouped by province.
by Matt Slater
16 November 2020
This list of Chinese AMR websites includes links to the AMR branch website for each province/administrative region in China.
In case you're wondering, the acronym "AMR" stands for "Administration for Market Regulation", which is a newly-launched Chinese government agency created by the merger of many previous agencies, including the AIC and AQSIQ.
This super regulator is now responsible for a wide range of regulatory matters in Mainland China, so if you need to get in touch with them you should find this list of Chinese AMR websites useful.
by Matt Slater
10 November 2020
The China AEO Certificate is a document held by companies in China engaged in import and export activities.
Issued by China Customs, the certificate specifies the company's enterprise classification, which determines their level of inspections and more.
Requesting and verifying a supplier's China AEO certificate can be a sensible measure to understand if they are registered with China Customs as an "Authorized Economic Operator" and to check their AEO type.
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