Doing business in China can be a very complex and overwhelming process, especially when you receive what you are told is a critical China certificate but are unable to read Chinese.
Most of the really important certificates you should understand and verify are only available in Chinese, so unless you can read the language, or know someone who does, it can be difficult to determine what each China certificate is for and what vital information it contains.m
This is where this article comes in handy – we have prepared this guide to help non-Chinese speakers identify and understand the important China certificates that they receive from Chinese companies.
Techniques for Identifying a China Certificate Without Knowing Chinese
This page aims to provide a quick and easy guide to help you identify between the different China certificate types and to then help you understand the information they contain – even if you don’t know Chinese.
We introduce 2 methods that can help you achieve this.
Method 1: Compare with Certificate Images
Usually the quickest and easiest method is to compare the China certificate your supplier has sent you with standard images of certificates in our gallery below.
However, because the appearance of certificates often changes over time as new versions are produced (this is especially true of the China business license) this process can be a little hit-and-miss.
Another factor adding to the difficulty is that the appearance of some certificates can vary depending on the province or authority that issued them.
Method 2: Identify the Certificate Number
Although reading the text on a China certificate may not be possible (unless you read Chinese), it is still easy to make out the certificate number as these are nearly always written using just letters and numbers.
Various China certificate types contain one or more registration/license/certificate numbers which range from as few as seven to as many as twenty digits, all representing different things. At the end of this guide we list and explain the most common numbers so you can identify which China certificate they come from.
If a Chinese supplier has just told you their business registration number(s) without providing any certification, this method is also useful to you.
Does Your China Certificate Include English Text?
Fortunately, there are some common certificates which include English text so there is no need for us to include photos of these in this guide. Here are some China certificate examples which you may have come across:
Compare You China Certificate with Our Certificate Images
View our China certificate gallery below and compare with the documents provided by your Chinese supplier.
Unfortunately, fake documentation is not uncommon in China, so if you require verification of any of these certificates make sure you check out our online verification services.
Business License Certificate (营业执照) Organization Code Certificate (中华人民共和国组织机构代码证)
Bank Account Certificate (开户许可证) Tax Registration Certificate (税务登记证)
Identify Your China Certificate from the Number of Digits
If your Chinese supplier has provided you with a registration or license number but you aren’t sure what it is for, then hopefully the below guide will help.
Here we identify different China certificate numbers based on their length. Certificate numbers which are not of a standard length or form have not been included.
Hong Kong Company Registry Number (編號)
Hong Kong Business Registration Certificate Number (登記證號碼)
This number is often be followed by a 3 digit branch code, e.g. 20542646-1005 and sometimes an additional 5 digits in the form 20542646-1005-12-13-1
Foreign Trade Registration Certificate Number (备案登记表编号)
Note: this is not the foreign trade registration number, rather it is the number of the certificate itself
China Organization Code (代码) [superseded by introduction of the 18 digit company registration number in 2015, but still in use]
China Customs Registration Certificate (海关注册登记编码)
Bank Account Certificate Number (编号)
Foreign Trade Registration Certificate Import and Export Enterprise Code (进出口企业代号)
China Bank Account Certificate Permit Number (核准号)
Note: this is not the bank account permit number, rather it is the number of the certificate itself
Company Registration Number (注册号) [superseded by an 18 digit number in 2015 but still in use]
Tax Registration Certificate Number – Tax Code (税务号) [superseded by introduction of the 18 digit company registration number in 2015, but still in use]
China Resident ID Card Number (公民身份号码)
Company Registration Number (统一社会信用代码)
Business License Certificate Number (证照编号)
Note: this is not the company registration number, rather it is the number of the certificate itself
Merely identifying which China certificate you have received doesn’t prove that the document is either current or genuine. China Checkup frequently verifies China certificates that are found to have been either adjusted or completely faked.
Original Source: http://www.chinacheckup.com/
Posed by Matt Slater
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