Safer, Better Business in China

Opinions, knowledge and resources from China Checkup's expert contributors

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.

Continue Reading


How to Source From China Without Putting Your Money at Risk

How to Source From China Without Putting Your Money at Risk

by Matt Slater February 25, 2014

If you’re looking to source from China, one of the first things on your mind will be the risk involved. Sourcing from any location carries some risk of the deal going bad and money being lost, but this risk can be especially high in China.

The good news is that there are many well-established ways to reduce your risk when sourcing products from China.

Continue Reading



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.

Continue Reading


China Supplier Verification in 3 Steps

China Supplier Verification in 3 Steps

by Matt Slater February 11, 2014

As an ever increasing number of companies look to source from Chinese companies, the issue of China supplier verification is becoming an increasingly important consideration.

Verification of Chinese companies is exactly what we do here at China Checkup, so we thought we’d share some of our knowledge on how exactly this type of verification is carried out.

Continue Reading



Evaluating the Different Ways to Pay Your Chinese Supplier

Evaluating the Different Ways to Pay Your Chinese Supplier

by Matt Slater December 11, 2013

In this article we take a look at the various methods to make payments to your Chinese supplier and evaluate the pros and cons of each.

Many explanations of payment methods for suppliers seem to confuse arrangements for when payment is made with actual payment methods.

Continue Reading


Import from China - First Understand Incoterms

Import from China - First Understand Incoterms

by Matt Slater December 11, 2013

If you’re planning to import from China, then you’re almost certainly going to be dealing with incoterms.

Being familiar with incoterms and the various three-letter acronyms they involve is essential for negotiating a good deal with a Chinese supplier and understanding the risks you face.

Continue Reading



5 Benefits of Having a Contract with a Chinese Company

5 Benefits of Having a Contract with a Chinese Company

by Matt Slater December 09, 2013

There are certain things that are essential in any business relationship, including background checks and contracts. We regularly write here about background checks, so it’s high time that contracts got a little attention.

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading



How to Make a China Company Registration Check

How to Make a China Company Registration Check

by Matt Slater 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.

Continue Reading


Understand China Company Names

Understand China Company Names

by Matt Slater October 30, 2013

Getting used to China company names can be a little bit tricky to get used to for a couple of reasons. Firstly, official China company names are nearly always in Chinese, which presents a language barrier to most people from outside China.

Continue Reading



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)

Continue Reading


How to Verify a China Company Address

How to Verify a China Company Address

by Matt Slater October 08, 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.

Continue Reading




Chinese Company Verification