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In Which Provinces are Chinese Companies Concentrated?

In Which Provinces are Chinese Companies Concentrated?

by Matt Slater 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?

by Matt Slater 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?

by Matt Slater 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?

by Matt Slater 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?

by Matt Slater 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?

by Matt Slater 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?

by Matt Slater 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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Is This China Company Legit?

Is This China Company Legit?

by Matt Slater June 24, 2014

Dan Harris of China Law Blog wrote today in this blog of their procedure for basic China due diligence, i.e. answering the question “is this China company legit?”

It struck us as quite similar to the procedure that we have recommended elsewhere, and it’s always nice to see your recommendations corroborated.

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Would You Spot These Warning Signs on a Chinese Scam Website?

Would You Spot These Warning Signs on a Chinese Scam Website?

by Matt Slater May 06, 2014

Nearly everyday we are asked to investigate a Chinese scam website, and we’ve noticed some common and easy-to-spot trends in the way they’re set up. We’ve made a list of such warning signs here, as they can often be useful first-glance indicators that something is amiss.

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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 Do So Many Chinese Website Names Contain Numbers?

Why Do So Many Chinese Website Names Contain Numbers?

by Matt Slater April 09, 2014

If you are looking at Chinese companies online, you may notice that it’s quite common for Chinese website names to include digits. This is much less common with the names of English-language websites, so what’s going on?

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Is There a China Company Registration Search Website?

Is There a China Company Registration Search Website?

by Matt Slater February 17, 2014

We regularly get asked about the existence of a China company registration search website, or whether we offer such functionality ourselves.

These sorts of services are quite common in other countries (such as Companies House in the UK) and the good news is that China now also has a nationwide system, which we will introduce in this article.

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Chinese Company Verification