What is a Chinese company’s registration status and its importance?
What: There are many registration statuses into which a Chinese company can fall, but the two main categories are “registered” and “not currently registered.”
Why: Understanding a Chinese company’s registration status is a critical piece of information that you need to know to ensure the entity with which you are contemplating establishing a business relationship is a valid, legitimate Chinese business.
As we’ve discussed in other articles, it is very important to know a Chinese company’s registration status. It remains one of the key ways a small- or medium-sized business can discern if the Chinese company is a valid, legitimate enterprise.
The chart below outlines the two main categories of a Chinese company’s registration status (登记状态 in Chinese): registered and not currently registered.
(In Operation, Open, Registered)
(zài yíng, kāiyè, zàicè)
|In Operation |
|在营（开业）企业||Zài yíng |
|In Business||在业||Zài yè|
Not currently registered
|Revoked, Already Cancelled||吊销，已注销||Diàoxiāo, yǐ zhùxiāo|
|Revoked, Awaiting Cancellation||吊销，未注销||Diàoxiāo, wèi zhùxiāo|
|Moved Out||迁出||Qiān chū|
Locating a Chinese company’s registration status
While there is no English-language search service for company registrations in Mainland China, there is a free nationwide Chinese-language search website for searching company registration details known as the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. In addition, you can investigate a company’s status by researching the State Administration for Industry and Commerce’s (SAIC’s) various local websites.
Questions? We can help. At Nuna Network we offer a variety of valuable guides, tips, and other practical information to help you navigate the sometimes complex landscape with Chinese businesses. We remain the partner of choice for small- and medium-sized businesses seeking guidance in researching, developing, and launching relationships with companies in China. We are your go-to resource for valuable information in navigating the sometimes complex landscape of business operations in China.
In addition, Nuna Network offers a range of validation, verification, and due diligence products and services that can help you determine the authenticity of a range of many other documents that are a part of establishing a business relationship with a Chinese company.
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