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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.
China Checkup offers verification of the China Customs Registration Certificate, you can click the webpage to view our service.
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.
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.
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.