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Verify China Company - 9 Useful Documents

Verify China Company - 9 Useful Documents

by Matt Slater May 26, 2014

Before doing business in China it is important to make sure you are dealing with a legitimately registered business, but how exactly can you do that?

Travelling across the world to visit Chinese factories is a hugely time consuming and expensive process, so asking suppliers to provide, and then checking documentation is a better option.

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Can You Trust the Registered Capital on a Chinese Business License?

Can You Trust the Registered Capital on a Chinese Business License?

by Matt Slater April 28, 2014

The Registered Capital field on a Chinese business license is often used to make a quickfire assessment of the size of the company, or how much it has grown since its founding. It can also be used as a crude indicator of whether a company is a trading company or a supplier with the physical means to offer the products it claims to.

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Why the 'Legal Representative' Isn’t the Person You Want to Speak To

Why the 'Legal Representative' Isn’t the Person You Want to Speak To

by Matt Slater March 07, 2014

We’ve previously written about how to find out the name of the legal representative of a Chinese company via their business license. 

We’ve noticed that some other company verification providers claim in their reports that anyone who isn’t the legal representative "is not authorised to represent" the company in question.

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Changes to China’s Business Registration System in March 2014

Changes to China’s Business Registration System in March 2014

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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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China Business License - An Introduction

China Business License - An Introduction

by Matt Slater January 22, 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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Why Check a Chinese Company Registration Number

Why Check a Chinese Company Registration Number

by Matt Slater November 06, 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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How to Check the Registration of Your JV / WFOE / RO in China

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

by Matt Slater October 30, 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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