Safer, Better Business in China

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What Went Wrong in Aston Martin’s China Supply Chain?

What Went Wrong in Aston Martin’s China Supply Chain?

by Matt Slater February 13, 2014

The Aston Martin China supply chain scandal has already done several rounds in the media.

To many observers, it seems quite incredible that this happened to such a well-respected brand and manufacturer. 

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Is That a Hong Kong Company or a Mainland China Company?

Is That a Hong Kong Company or a Mainland China Company?

by Matt Slater February 12, 2014

Here at China Checkup, we frequently encounter two issues surrounding the difference between a Hong Kong company and a mainland China company:

We thought it would be useful to take a closer look at these issues and make the situation as clear as possible for those doing business in Hong Kong and China.

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How Reliable is Alibaba Gold Supplier?

How Reliable is Alibaba Gold Supplier?

by Matt Slater January 24, 2014

The global B2B sourcing platform Alibaba basically has two categories of sellers: Free and Gold. Free sellers usually pay no fees and undergo no checks before they are permitted to use the platform, so no-one in their right mind would source from them.

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What is a China AIC?

What is a China AIC?

by Matt Slater December 09, 2013

We talk about AICs quite a lot here at China Checkup, so here’s a heads-up on what exactly a China AIC is and why they’re important for anyone interested in China’s business world.

AIC stands for Administration for Industry and Commerce.

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“Do I Really Need China Checkup?” - How Important is Due Diligence in China?

“Do I Really Need China Checkup?” - How Important is Due Diligence in China?

by Matt Slater November 18, 2013

One question we sometimes hear from potential new customers is "do I really need China Checkup?" Of course, we’d love to just answer “yes!” and leave at that, but that wouldn’t be very helpful for readers here. Instead, we’ll make it fairer and more general by looking at the question: how important is due diligence in China?

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Business Travel China: What are Your Options?

Business Travel China: What are Your Options?

by Matt Slater November 15, 2013

For anyone doing business with a Chinese company, the likelihood is that at some point you are going to need to visit China. With that in mind we have prepared this simple Business Travel China guide to help you understand your options.

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What’s the Cost of Sending Someone to China to Check Out a Chinese Company?

What’s the Cost of Sending Someone to China to Check Out a Chinese Company?

by Matt Slater November 04, 2013

When you’re sourcing from China or doing business with a Chinese company, one thing you’re going to need to consider is the cost of sending someone to China. This is likely to be an essential step in any business deal with a Chinese company, especially when you’re having something manufactured by a factory in China.

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How Useful is a China WHOIS Lookup?

How Useful is a China WHOIS Lookup?

by Matt Slater November 01, 2013

We’ve noticed that various online publications and communities frequently recommend performing a China WHOIS domain lookup as a way to verify a Chinese company.

This is quite an interesting approach and one that we felt was worth looking at here.

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Is there a China Companies House?

Is there a China Companies House?

by Matt Slater October 24, 2013

You may know that companies registering in the UK register with “Companies House”, well the closest equivalent to a China Companies House is the Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC).

There are significant differences, however, between how the UK’s Companies House and China’s AIC operates and this article aims to shed some light on this subject.

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What is a Chinese Company Bank Account License? Should You Only Make Payments to the Licensed Account?

What is a Chinese Company Bank Account License? Should You Only Make Payments to the Licensed Account?

by Matt Slater October 18, 2013

If you’ve been asked to make a payment to a Chinese company’s bank account, you may be slightly wary of making payments overseas in territory you’re not familiar with.

You might be concerned that it will be difficult or even impossible to resolve problems if something were to go wrong with the transaction.

Only making payments to the license bank account can help mitigate this risk.

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How to Find Out Where a Chinese Company is Located?

How to Find Out Where a Chinese Company is Located?

by Matt Slater October 08, 2013

You should find out where a Chinese company is located and assess the implications of this before doing business with them. Climate, economy and transport options will all be significant. We would advise you to try and independently verify the location of a Chinese company, rather than accepting their claimed location at face value.

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Is the Chinese Company You’re Doing Business with Located in an Urban or Rural Area?

Is the Chinese Company You’re Doing Business with Located in an Urban or Rural Area?

by Matt Slater October 08, 2013

Without knowing if the Chinese company you’re dealing with is located in a first-tier city, second-tier city or even a rural area, you won’t be able to include any of these issues in your considerations. Because of that, it’s a good idea to confirm where a Chinese company is located and do a little research.

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