Opinions, knowledge and resources from China Checkup's expert contributors

China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate - An Introduction

by Matt Slater February 26, 2016

China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate - An Introduction

For a Chinese company to engage in the import and export of goods on their own, one critical document they need is the “China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate”.

This article provides some background information on this certificate and an overview of why it is so important to Chinese exporters.

What is a China 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.

Click image to view our verification service

What Information is Contained in a China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate?

From top to bottom and left to right, the fields are as follows:

  • Registration Certificate Number (备案登记表编号)
  • Import and Export Enterprise Code (进出口企业代码)
  • Business Operator Chinese Name (经营者中文名称)
  • Business Operator English Name (经营者英文名称)
  • Organization Code (组织机构代码)
  • Business Type as filed by the Registration Bureau (经营者类型(由备案登记机关填写))
  • Address (住所)
  • Business Address in Chinese (经营场所(中文))
  • Business Address in English (经营场所(英文))
  • Phone Number (联系电话)
  • Fax Number (联系传真)
  • Postcode (邮政编码)
  • E-mail (电子邮箱)
  • Industrial and commercial registration Date (工商登记注册日期)
  • Industrial and commercial registration Number (工商登记注册号)
  • Legal Representative (企业法定代表人姓名)
  • ID Number (有效证件号)
  • Registered Capital in USD (注册资金(折美元))
  • Legal Representative / Individual Responsible Person (企业法定代表人/个体工商负责人姓名)
  • Enterprise Assets / Personal Assets in USD (企业资产/个人资产(折美元))

Who Issues a China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate?

A China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate is issued to a company through the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) or an alternate authority appointed by MOFCOM.

Who Uses the China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate?

The China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate is not required for all Chinese companies; only for those engaged in importing and exporting.

When doing business with a Chinese company, be sure to check they have a legitimate China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate as well as a China Customs Registration Certificate. If a foreign trade operator fails to hold this documentation, customs will not carry out the procedures for declaration, inspection and release of the imported or exported goods.

We have previously explained how to distinguish between different Chinese Trade and Customs documents.

How to Verify a China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate?

If a company provides you with a foreign trade registration certificate or even just their registration number, it may be possible to verify this with records in the official government database.

For a more convenient service China Checkup can quickly verify any China foreign trade registration certificate, check out our service today!

Our Other Introductions




Matt Slater
Matt Slater

Author

Hi there, I'm a British-Australian Engineer and Entrepreneur, based in Brisbane, Australia.

Frustrated by the scarcity of concise, high-quality and timely information about Chinese companies, I founded China Checkup whilst living in Shanghai in 2013.
My team are proud that China Checkup's company verification reports have now helped thousands of clients from all corners of the world to do business in China safely.

Connect with me:
info@chinacheckup.com | LinkedIn profile

 


Related Articles

China ISO 14001 Certificate - An Introduction
China ISO 14001 Certificate - An Introduction

In certain industries with tight environmental demands, possessing a China ISO 14001 certificate may be an essential requirement for Chinese companies. Holding this certificate indicates that the company’s environmental management system has been ...

China ISO 9001 Certificate - An Introduction
China ISO 9001 Certificate - An Introduction

The China ISO 9001 certificate is a commonly received document when dealing with Chinese companies, which if verified, indicates that the organisation’s quality management system has been certified. With more certifications in China than any other...

China Trademark Registration Certificate - An Introduction
China Trademark Registration Certificate - An Introduction

If your Chinese supplier has a trademark on their products, this implies that they should have China Trademark Registration and in turn a China Trademark Registration Certificate. With more and more Chinese companies becoming aware of the importan...



Also in Safer, Better Business in China

Alibaba Ecommerce Platforms - An Overview
Alibaba Ecommerce Platforms - An Overview

by Matt Slater July 18, 2017

Apart from the ubiquitous sourcing b2b platform alibaba.com, do you know any of the other Alibaba ecommerce platforms?

This article gives an overview of the Alibaba ecommerce platforms, most of which are aimed squarely at China's domestic market - notably the country's largest online marketplace Taobao.

Continue Reading

6 Data Sources for China Market Research
6 Data Sources for China Market Research

by Matt Slater July 11, 2017

Conducting China market research can be very challenging for foreign companies, due to the shortage of reliable information available in the English language.

From researching many topics for our articles, we have however found some websites which we go back to time and again, and decided it would be a good idea to share these with our readers.

Continue Reading

China Laboratory Accreditation Certificate - An Introduction
China Laboratory Accreditation Certificate - An Introduction

by Matt Slater March 09, 2017

Although many factory's have their own laboratories, few of these are independently certified so requesting testing by external testing body is a wise move in many circumstances.

These testing bodies should be accredited and you can make sure of this by requesting a copy of their China laboratory accreditation certificate.

Continue Reading