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What Information is Available from a Chinese Annual Return?

What Information is Available from a Chinese Annual Return?

July 06, 2018

Viewing information declared on a Chinese annual return is a useful method to learn more about a company from China.

As in other countries, Chinese companies are required to make an annual return to the tax authorities to report their business performance and financials, alongside other key details.

In this article we look at what information from a Chinese annual return is made publicly available by the authorities.

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China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?

China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?

April 25, 2018

Since establishing the first China Free Trade Zone in Shanghai in 2013, Chinese authorities have moved swiftly to establish a further 10 zones, with even more planned.

Although the Shanghai Free Trade Zone is now fairly well known among foreign companies, awareness of the other zones is still relatively low.

This article gives an overview of the 11 China Free Trade Zones currently in operation and outlines where they are located.

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When is the Chinese Financial Year?

When is the Chinese Financial Year?

December 18, 2017

As the end of the calendar year approaches a lot of companies in China are busy making preparations for the end of the Chinese financial year.

Whilst you are getting ready to celebrate the new year, spare a thought for the overworked Chinese accountants, because the financial year in Mainland China follows the calendar year and ends on 31 December.

But is that also the case for businesses in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau? Is there a unified Chinese Financial Year?

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What are China Abnormal Business Operations?

What are China Abnormal Business Operations?

October 17, 2017

China Abnormal Business Operations is a status given to Chinese companies by the Administration of Industry and Commerce.

As the name indicates it is issued when the company's operations are irregular and they are not meeting their reporting duties.

The presence of abnormal business operations status may indicate that a Chinese company is experiencing financial difficulties or is poorly managed.

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Are Chinese Business Names in English Legit?

Are Chinese Business Names in English Legit?

October 25, 2016

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

In Mainland China and Taiwan, and this can be difficult to comprehend, the only official Chinese business names are those written in Chinese characters, which means the English names are usually just translations.

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In Which Provinces are Chinese Companies Concentrated?

In Which Provinces are Chinese Companies Concentrated?

May 31, 2016

As you’d expect for the world’s most populous nation, there are a huge number of Chinese companies. But where in China are they located? Are there certain provinces with high concentrations of companies?

In this article we find out which provinces have the highest and lowest number of companies, and see how this compares against their population figures.

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What are China Clearance Documents?

What are China Clearance Documents?

November 10, 2015

China clearance documents are the standard paperwork you will need to prepare when importing products from a Chinese company.

When you order products from China you will want to make sure they arrive on time and without any unexpected delays - both at the departure port in China and at the arrival port in your country.

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How Many Companies in China?

How Many Companies in China?

October 26, 2015

Just how many companies in China are there exactly? We’ve been asked this question a few times and decided to go and find out.

Given that China has a population of over 1.3 billion we knew that it would be a large number. Happily, answering the question proved to be easier than we thought.

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Which ISO China Certificates Can You Trust?

Which ISO China Certificates Can You Trust?

October 20, 2015

For foreign buyers seeking suppliers with extensive experience in ISO, China is not usually the first place they look.

Although China has the world’s largest number of certified ISO certificates, questions are often asked about both the validity and the value of these certificates.

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Is There a China ISO Certificate Search Website?

Is There a China ISO Certificate Search Website?

May 28, 2015

The 2015 ISO Survey identified that there were 303,957 ISO 9001 and 117,267 ISO 14001 valid certificates in China.

Although it is the numbers that jump off the page, possibly the most important word to take note of in the above sentence is "valid".

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Aliexpress Stores - Are They Verified?

Aliexpress Stores - Are They Verified?

March 16, 2015

There are more than 10,000 stores registered on the Aliexpress platform, but who operates them and just as important – are they verified?

In this article we reveal who can register Aliexpress stores, what information they need to provide and highlight how a shocking lack of transparency leaves Aliexpress consumers in the dark over who they’re really buying from.

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What is Aliexpress?

What is Aliexpress?

December 18, 2014

I’m sure you’ve heard of eBay and Amazon, and you’ve probably heard of Alibaba, but what is Aliexpress?

As internet usage continues to rise more and more consumers are shopping online for new products and better prices. This has led to an increase in international ecommerce as people look beyond their own country’s border for that bargain.

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