Safer, Better Business in China

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How to Identify a China Certificate Without Knowing Chinese

How to Identify a China Certificate Without Knowing Chinese

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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

by Matt Slater 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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China Company Register - The AIC System

China Company Register - The AIC System

by Matt Slater 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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Verifying a Chinese Company’s Foreign Trade Registration (Import / Export)

Verifying a Chinese Company’s Foreign Trade Registration (Import / Export)

by Matt Slater March 13, 2014

As well as verifying a Chinese company’s business license, it’s also possible to verify that they are registered to do foreign trade. This registration is necessary for them to legally engage directly in import / export operations.

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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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7 China Factory Audit Mistakes That Make You Look Inexperienced

7 China Factory Audit Mistakes That Make You Look Inexperienced

by Matt Slater February 25, 2014

Carrying out a China factory audit is an essential part of sourcing safely from China, but it can be easy to waste the opportunities they offer by making some common blunders.

A factory visit, audit or inspection is your chance as a buyer to gain much deeper insight into a potential supplier, so it’s important not to waste it.

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