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What is the Unified Social Credit Code?

What is the Unified Social Credit Code?

August 27, 2018

If you've dealt with Chinese companies in recent years there is a good chance you will have come across the term "Unified Social Credit Code".

This unique 18-digit number is issued to all companies and organizations in Mainland China and serves a variety of purposes.

In this article we provide practical information about the Unified Social Credit Code and explain how you can find each Chinese company's number.

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What Information is Available from a Chinese Annual Return?

What Information is Available from a Chinese Annual Return?

July 06, 2018

Viewing information declared on a Chinese annual return is a useful method to learn more about a company from China.

As in other countries, Chinese companies are required to make an annual return to the tax authorities to report their business performance and financials, alongside other key details.

In this article we look at what information from a Chinese annual return is made publicly available by the authorities.

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What are China Abnormal Business Operations?

What are China Abnormal Business Operations?

October 17, 2017

China Abnormal Business Operations is a status given to Chinese companies by the Administration of Industry and Commerce.

As the name indicates it is issued when the company's operations are irregular and they are not meeting their reporting duties.

The presence of abnormal business operations status may indicate that a Chinese company is experiencing financial difficulties or is poorly managed.

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The New 18-Digit Chinese Business Registration Number

The New 18-Digit Chinese Business Registration Number

August 22, 2016

Introduced in October 2015, the new 18-digit Chinese business registration number is being quickly adopted by companies across Mainland China.

Appearing on the Chinese business license, this new number is the most clear manifestation of the huge overhaul of the company registration system, carried out by authorities in their impressive modernization drive.

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China Company Register - The AIC System

China Company Register - The AIC System

March 14, 2014

Nearly all countries operate a company register and China is no exception. The China company register records all of the companies that have been officially registered for business in Mainland China and is managed by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC).

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Changes to China’s Business Registration System in March 2014

Changes to China’s Business Registration System in March 2014

March 03, 2014

Today is the first working day with the new Chinese business registration system in effect. We’ve translated a Chinese news piece about the changes below.

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The 15-Digit China Business Registration Number

The 15-Digit China Business Registration Number

February 17, 2014

If you’ve been given a 15-digit China business registration number, you may be wondering how you can go about verifying it.

That’s certainly possible, but you might not be aware that you can also get quite a lot of information from a China business registration number simply by knowing how to break it down.

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Is There a China Company Registration Search Website?

Is There a China Company Registration Search Website?

February 17, 2014

We regularly get asked about the existence of a China company registration search website, or whether we offer such functionality ourselves.

These sorts of services are quite common in other countries (such as Companies House in the UK) and the good news is that China now also has a nationwide system, which we will introduce in this article.

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What is a China AIC?

What is a China AIC?

December 09, 2013

We talk about AICs quite a lot here at China Checkup, so here’s a heads-up on what exactly a China AIC is and why they’re important for anyone interested in China’s business world.

AIC stands for Administration for Industry and Commerce.

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How to Make a China Company Registration Check

How to Make a China Company Registration Check

November 01, 2013

Carrying out a China company registration check is very doable but requires some knowledge of both the Chinese company registration system and the Chinese language. We’ve put together this useful guide on making such checks to help you through the process.

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Is there a China Companies House?

Is there a China Companies House?

October 24, 2013

You may know that companies registering in the UK register with “Companies House”, well the closest equivalent to a China Companies House is the Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC).

There are significant differences, however, between how the UK’s Companies House and China’s AIC operates and this article aims to shed some light on this subject.

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List of Chinese AIC Websites

List of Chinese AIC Websites

October 15, 2013

We’ve put together this list of the various Chinese AIC company search websites (National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System) and Chinese AIC branch websites (工商行政管理局 or just 工商局) for each province / administrative region in China.

If any of the links are broken or out of date, or we’re missing any, please leave a comment to let us know!

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Chinese Company Verification