Safer, Better Business in China

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Avoid China Fraud

How to Avoid China Fraud with Basic Due Diligence

by Matt Slater 15 October 2013

Avoiding China fraud can often be achieved simply by carrying out basic research on a Chinese company before committing to doing business with them and before any financial transactions have taken place.

Just as in any other country, fraudsters and scammers exist in China and are only too willing to deceive you and your company.

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Verify a China Company Address

How to Verify a China Company Address

by Matt Slater 08 October 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.

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Where a Chinese Company is Located

How to Find Out Where a Chinese Company is Located?

by Matt Slater 08 October 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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Chinese Company 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 08 October 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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Chinese Company Real

Is This Chinese Company Real or Not?

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

When you’re doing business with a company in China, one of your most basic concerns may be “is this Chinese company real or not?”.

In Mainland China all companies must be registered with the authorities and hold a valid business license. This is how we define whether or not a company is “real”.

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Incorporation Form of a Chinese Business

What is the Incorporation Form of a Chinese Business?

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

If you check the business license of a Chinese company, you will see there is a field called “Incorporation Form”. Note that we’re talking about a Chinese term here (公司类型 – Gōngsī Lèixíng) – you could translate it into English in various ways, including “company category” or “business type”.

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China Trading Company or a Factory

Are you Dealing with a China Trading Company or a Factory?

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

When you’re buying products from a Chinese company, a common issue is whether you’re dealing directly with a China trading company or with a factory.

This is because many such trading companies in China will be ‘unclear’ at best regarding the issue of who they actually are.

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China Company Legal Representative

What is the Role of a China Company Legal Representative?

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

Understanding the role of a China company legal representative and finding out who holds the position in the business you are working with can be very important when dealing with Chinese companies.

This article will tell you how to find out the name of a Chinese company's legal representative, but before we get to that it is important to be clear on what exactly a China company legal representative does and is responsible for.

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Verify When & Where a Chinese Company Registered

How to Verify When & Where a Chinese Company Registered

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

Finding out when and where a Chinese company registered is a basic step in checking that they’re a legitimate company you want to do business with. This simple check can be a very easy way to raise red flags in situations.

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Chinese Company’s Business License Expires

How to Find Out When a Chinese Company’s Business License Expires

by Matt Slater 30 September 2013

When you’re considering doing business with a Chinese company, it’s important to check when their business license expires. This is stated on the business license as the ‘period of operation’ with a start and end date.

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Find a China Company’s Registered Capital

How to Find a China Company’s Registered Capital

by Matt Slater 27 September 2013

One of the basic checks you may make about a Chinese company is to look up how much capital it was registered with. Proving a substantial amount of allocated capital is a requirement for registering a business in China, with the aim of ensuring that the company will be adequately funded and able to operate as described.

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China Company Business Scope

Explained: China Company Business Scope

by Matt Slater 27 September 2013

The business scope of a Chinese company lists the services that it is legally permitted to provide according to its business registration.

Inversely, a company is specifically prohibited from producing anything or offering any services not specifically described in its business scope.

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