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The 8 Busiest China Shipping Ports

The 8 Busiest China Shipping Ports

December 22, 2016

With so many products being made in China it comes as no surprise that China shipping ports are among the busiest in the world.

We've looked up the figures, and in this article present the 8 China shipping ports which handle the most shipping containers.

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How to Find and Assess China Manufacturers

How to Find and Assess China Manufacturers

December 09, 2016

Finding and assessing a China manufacturer is a necessary process for more and more companies, as increasing numbers of businesses choose to source products in China.

This research process can pose difficulties for companies so here we look at common methods for finding manufacturers in China and gathering a short-list of potential suppliers.

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Why it is Vital to Know a Chinese Business Name in Chinese

Why it is Vital to Know a Chinese Business Name in Chinese

October 25, 2016

As a foreigner, when you read a Chinese business name in English you naturally assume that the name you are reading is the name of the company.

Difficult as it may be to comprehend, in Mainland China and Taiwan, the only official Chinese business name is the company’s name as written in Chinese characters, so the English name in usually just a translation.

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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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5 Key Features of Chinese Company Names

5 Key Features of Chinese Company Names

May 06, 2016

Nearly all Chinese company names follow standard patterns and by just reading a company’s name and understanding these 5 key features you can already learn quite a lot about them.

For example, where they are registered, what they do (in a broad sense), whether or not they are foreign-owned and their general incorporation form.

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How to Identify a China Certificate Without Knowing Chinese

How to Identify a China Certificate Without Knowing Chinese

March 04, 2016

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.

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China Company Relationships - Branch, Subsidiary and More

China Company Relationships - Branch, Subsidiary and More

June 02, 2015

The subject of China company relationships is a recurring theme at China Checkup.

Many clients contact us because they thought they were doing business with Company A, but were then asked to make a payment to Company B.

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6 Common Types of Company Registration in China

6 Common Types of Company Registration in China

February 09, 2015

If you are considering starting a company in China, or doing business with a company in China, it is important to first learn a little about how the system of company registration in China works. The more you educate yourself about Chinese laws and business procedures, the more success you will have conducting business in the country.

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China Company Check in Just 3 Simple Steps

China Company Check in Just 3 Simple Steps

November 07, 2014

Before doing business with a company in mainland China, it is essential to learn more about them first through a China company check. When entering into any business arrangement, it is always a good idea to understand who you are working with, including their reputation and previous working history.

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Why Inspecting the Test Lab is Critical on a China Factory Audit

Why Inspecting the Test Lab is Critical on a China Factory Audit

May 28, 2014

When carrying out a China factory audit your potential supplier will be more than willing to show you their ISO 9001 certificate, but a better option to gauge their attitude to quality may be to take a look at their testing facilities.

Many factories in China – especially in state promoted industries – have well equipped and modern testing facilities, containing test equipment which companies are mandated to purchase.

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China Foreign Trade, Customs Registration & Export License

China Foreign Trade, Customs Registration & Export License

May 27, 2014

The requirements and vocabulary regarding China foreign trade documentation can be more than a little confusing. This is because in many cases Chinese companies exporting products require three different types of documentation - Foreign Trade Registration, China Customs Registration and an Export License - and unfortunately many people mix these terms up or use them interchangeably.

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The Smart Way to Use the Scope of Certification on an ISO 9001 Certificate

The Smart Way to Use the Scope of Certification on an ISO 9001 Certificate

March 24, 2014

A very useful feature of a Chinese company’s official registration record is the business scope. This describes in detail what products and services the company is legally permitted to offer.

Some people may not be aware, though, that an ISO 9001 certificate can contain similarly revealing information in its Scope of Certification.

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