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15-Digit China Business Registration Number

The 15-Digit China Business Registration Number

by Matt Slater 17 February 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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China Business License

China Business License - An Introduction

by Matt Slater 22 January 2014

All Mainland China companies should be registered and have a China business license, so there is a good chance you will have seen or received a copy of this certificate.

But what does the license represent and what information does it contain? This article explains all.

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Chinese Company Registration Number

Why Check a Chinese Company Registration Number

by Matt Slater 06 November 2013

Checking a Chinese company registration number is a common preliminary task when doing business with Chinese companies. The registration number of a company appears on its business license, and there’s a procedure you can go through to confirm the registration details.

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Check the Registration of Your JV

How to Check the Registration of Your JV / WFOE / RO in China

by Matt Slater 30 October 2013

Foreign companies wishing to do business in China do not necessarily need to establish any kind of organisation in China. If they do want to set up a ‘China arm’, it can be one of the following types of entity:

1. JV (joint venture)
2. WFOE (wholly foreign owned entity)
3. RO (representative office)

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Verify a China Company Address

How to Verify a China Company Address

by Matt Slater 08 October 2013

Checking a China company address is a basic but important part of your due diligence process.

Finding out where the company is official registered can help identify any red flags, such as the company being located in a totally different location to the one they told you.

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Where a Chinese Company is Located

How to Find Out Where a Chinese Company is Located?

by Matt Slater 08 October 2013

You should find out where a Chinese company is located and assess the implications of this before doing business with them. Climate, economy and transport options will all be significant. We would advise you to try and independently verify the location of a Chinese company, rather than accepting their claimed location at face value.

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Chinese Company Located in an Urban or Rural Area

Is the Chinese Company You’re Doing Business with Located in an Urban or Rural Area?

by Matt Slater 08 October 2013

Without knowing if the Chinese company you’re dealing with is located in a first-tier city, second-tier city or even a rural area, you won’t be able to include any of these issues in your considerations. Because of that, it’s a good idea to confirm where a Chinese company is located and do a little research.

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Incorporation Form of a Chinese Business

What is the Incorporation Form of a Chinese Business?

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

If you check the business license of a Chinese company, you will see there is a field called “Incorporation Form”. Note that we’re talking about a Chinese term here (公司类型 – Gōngsī Lèixíng) – you could translate it into English in various ways, including “company category” or “business type”.

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China Company Legal Representative

What is the Role of a China Company Legal Representative?

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

Understanding the role of a China company legal representative and finding out who holds the position in the business you are working with can be very important when dealing with Chinese companies.

This article will tell you how to find out the name of a Chinese company's legal representative, but before we get to that it is important to be clear on what exactly a China company legal representative does and is responsible for.

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Verify When & Where a Chinese Company Registered

How to Verify When & Where a Chinese Company Registered

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

Finding out when and where a Chinese company registered is a basic step in checking that they’re a legitimate company you want to do business with. This simple check can be a very easy way to raise red flags in situations.

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Chinese Company’s Business License Expires

How to Find Out When a Chinese Company’s Business License Expires

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

When you’re considering doing business with a Chinese company, it’s important to check when their business license expires. This is stated on the business license as the ‘period of operation’ with a start and end date.

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Find a China Company’s Registered Capital

How to Find a China Company’s Registered Capital

by Matt Slater 27 September 2013

One of the basic checks you may make about a Chinese company is to look up how much capital it was registered with. Proving a substantial amount of allocated capital is a requirement for registering a business in China, with the aim of ensuring that the company will be adequately funded and able to operate as described.

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