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Doing business in China can be a very complex and overwhelming process, especially when you receive what you are told is a critical China certificate but are unable to read Chinese.
Most of the really important certificates you should understand and verify are only available in Chinese, so unless you can read the language, or know someone who does, it can be difficult to determine what each China certificate is for and what vital information it contains.
This is where this article comes in handy – we have prepared this guide to help non-Chinese speakers identify and understand the important China certificates that they receive from Chinese companies.
This page aims to provide a quick and easy guide to help you identify between the different China certificate types and to then help you understand the information they contain – even if you don’t know Chinese.
We introduce 2 methods that can help you achieve this.
Usually the quickest and easiest method is to compare the China certificate your supplier has sent you with standard images of certificates in our gallery below.
However, because the appearance of certificates often changes over time as new versions are produced (this is especially true of the China business license) this process can be a little hit-and-miss.
Another factor adding to the difficulty is that the appearance of some certificates can vary depending on the province or authority that issued them.
Although reading the text on a China certificate may not be possible (unless you read Chinese), it is still easy to make out the certificate number as these are nearly always written using just letters and numbers.
Various China certificate types contain one or more registration/license/certificate numbers which range from as few as seven to as many as twenty digits, all representing different things. At the end of this guide we list and explain the most common numbers so you can identify which China certificate they come from.
If a Chinese supplier has just told you their business registration number(s) without providing any certification, this method is also useful to you.
Fortunately, there are some common certificates which include English text so there is no need for us to include photos of these in this guide. Here are some China certificate examples which you may have come across:
View our China certificate gallery below and compare with the documents provided by your Chinese supplier.
If your Chinese supplier has provided you with a registration or license number but you aren’t sure what it is for, then hopefully the below guide will help.
Here we identify different China certificate numbers based on their length. Certificate numbers which are not of a standard length or form have not been included.
Merely identifying which China certificate you have received doesn’t prove that the document is either current or genuine. China Checkup frequently verifies China certificates that are found to have been either adjusted or completely faked.
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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.
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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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.