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One question we sometimes hear from potential new customers is "do I really need China Checkup?" Of course, we’d love to just answer “yes!” and leave at that, but that wouldn’t be very helpful for readers here. Instead, we’ll make it fairer and more general by looking at the question: how important is due diligence in China?
First, a few quotes from some experts in the field:
“One of our recurring themes is the need for due diligence when working on any business matters in China.”
“I frequently lament about the number of importers who take high risks by not doing any quality control. But the most under-rated tool to reduce risks in China is certainly running a background check on potential suppliers.”
“The vast majority of problems that foreign companies encounter when engaging in business transactions in China could have been avoided by carrying out some due diligence at the start of proceedings.”
– China Britain Business Council
“…compare the business license of the Chinese company to the information you’ve been told about them. Such data is useful as the license determines the legal limited liability of the company, in addition to confirming other useful details such as registered legal person, registered address and their permitted scope of activity.”
Due diligence is an essential first step for (Canadian) companies doing business in China. You may find a local partner on alibaba.com, elsewhere on the internet, or through referrals by friends but the fact remains that due diligence is required to reduce the risk to your business.
"Multinationals from Europe and America are not even doing the things they do back at home to protect themselves. They're not screening their employees, they're not screening vendors. I think a lot of times they assume that all their business partners will do these things for them, and it's just not the case in China."
It’s clear from the above that due diligence is especially important when doing business with Chinese companies.
This due diligence can take place in many forms, ranging from initial background checks to deeper, more extensive assessment later in the process. Let’s have a look at where exactly China Checkup fits into this process:
Always remember that none of the above steps can ever guarantee the success of your deal or partnership. It is important to have a comprehensive risk management program in place.
But that’s not to say that they’re not worth investing time and effort in, though: they’re an increasingly narrow funnel for reducing risk in your business with Chinese companies. Not filtering companies in this way, or not continuing the filtering as far as possible, can create massive unnecessary risk in your business.
Even the initial steps of this process can be very difficult for companies outside of China who have little access to China knowledge and expertise. China Checkup bridges this gap. We give you convenient, affordable access to background checks on Chinese companies, letting you make an informed decision about a Chinese company before you proceed.
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.
Chinese lab accreditation is managed by different accreditation bodies depending on whether the laboratory is located in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
When you are importing products from China, requesting test reports to demonstrate that the product meets necessary standards can often be critical, and it is important for compliance purposes that these test reports are issued by accredited labs.
In this article we introduce the different bodies responsible for managing Chinese lab accreditation and show you where you can search for a Chinese lab.
Last year we ran a simple experiment on our website to find out whether or not our audience trust Alibaba suppliers.
Thousands of visitors to our blog received the automated message from our live chat software "Just a quick question, do you feel that you can trust an Alibaba supplier?".
The 109 replies we received gave us some fascinating insights into the difficulties buyers face when deciding if they can trust Alibaba suppliers or not.