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China Customs Registration Certificates Explained

  • What: Any Chinese company that exports or imports goods out of or into China is required to hold a valid China customs registration certificate.

  • Why: If a Chinese company does not hold a valid China customs registration certificate, that company could be using a third-party trading company to export its goods out of China.

The China Customs registration certificate is a companion document to the China foreign trade registration certificate and is required for Chinese companies that are involved in importing and exporting goods into and out of China. As a small or medium business engaging in business with a Chinese company, it’s important for you to understand the components of this important document, including its legitimacy and veracity. In this article we explain the different aspects of a Chinese customs registration certificate.  

China Customs Registration Certificates Decoded

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Customs Registration Number: 海关注册登记编码) Company Name: 企业名称
Registration Date: 注册登记日期 Company Address: 企业地址
Stamp and Name of Customs Branch Legal Representative / Responsible Person: 法定代表人/负责人
Registered Capital: 注册资本
Business Scope: 经营范围
Main Investors’ Names: 主要投资者名称
Shares and Percentage (for each Main Investor: 出资额及比例

Issuing Entity

Local customs bureaus issue the China customs registration certificate to Chinese companies. These bureaus also provide import and export licenses and enterprise classifications to companies. These documents are required for companies who trade a range of restricted products.

Usage

Any Chinese company that exports or imports goods out of or into China is required to hold a valid China customs registration certificate. If a Chinese company does not hold a valid China customs registration certificate, that company could be using a third-party trading company to export or import its goods in China. It is important to note that the government recently announced a new policy that states companies registering their business after February 1, 2019 will no longer need to apply separately for a China customs registration certificate as it will be incorporated as part of the business license registration process.

Verification

As with many Chinese documents, it’s important to conduct due diligence to ensure the China customs registration certificate is valid. We can help. Nuna Network provides verification services that can help you determine the authenticity of this and many other documents that are a part of establishing a business relationship with a Chinese company.


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