Check If An Alibaba Supplier Is Legitimate Online In 6 Steps (Last Updated, March 2020)

We are often asked by our clients whether they can check an Alibaba supplier is legit by themselves, because sometimes they have found many Chinese suppliers online and they want to do a first round of screening by simply checking if they are legally registered companies in China. We promised them we will write a step-by-step guide on this issue for them, and here we go.

#1 Ask the supplier on Alibaba for its Chinese company name, or Unified Social Credit Code 

  • Click on “contacts” on any company’s page on Alibaba.
  • Click on “Chat Now” or “Contact Supplier” to leave a message asking for the company’s Chinese name or Unified Social Credit Code

With a Chinese company name, or a company’s Unified Social Credit Code, we can check the company’s registration information on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System.

If your supplier refuses to give you its Unified Social Credit Code or Chinese company name, it may mean the company has something to hide from you. Dealing with it may have potential risks.

#2 Get on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. 国家企业信用信息公示系统

The website address of China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System is http://www.gsxt.gov.cn/index.html

You should input the Chinese company name or its Unified Social Credit Code into the search box and press “Enter”.

The homepage of China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System looks like this:

#3 Pass the verification process. 

This step is tricky. Sometimes you need to slide a block to complete the verification process. And this is easy. Check out this picture to see what it is like:

However, the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System has recently updated its website, so sometimes, you may encounter a Chinese character verification system. It looks like this:

You need to click on the Chinese characters on the picture according to their natural word order. The four characters on this picture are “白伊莎丽”. The natural order for these four characters is “伊丽莎白”, so you need to click on these four characters according to this order one by one.

This can be hard for anyone who does not know a lot about Chinese language. If you encounter this verification process, you may need a Chinese speaker to help you.

#4 Click on the search result to see details about a company. 

Since you have input a precise Chinese name or Unified Social Credit Code in the search box, there will be only one result that appears on this page.

After clicking on the company’s name, you can now enter the detail page of this company’s registration information.

#5 Copy all the information on this page to Google Translator. 

In the following pictures, you can see the result translated by Google.

There may be some mistakes of the translation, but most of them are correct. If you simply want to know whether this company is a real or legally registered one, this is enough.

#6 Crosscheck the information translated by Google with that on the company’s website or the company’s page on Alibaba.

When crosschecking the information, you should know the company name is just a literal translation by Google, so it may not be the same as the company’s name on Alibaba. This is common. Checking the address is more reliable.

Is this check about a company enough? 

By following these 6 steps, you can verify some basic information on your future supplier’s business license. It is good enough for your first round of screening when you are sourcing Chinese suppliers. But when you have screened many suppliers on your long list, you may now have a short list of suppliers. It is now important to do a more comprehensive check on these suppliers.

More things you should know about your suppliers before making your final business decision. 

Does the company have abnormal operations? If they do, they are facing punishment from the Chinese government.

Is the company having unresolved lawsuits?

Is the property of this company frozen by the government?

Is the company on the Official List of Dishonest Persons Subjected to Enforcement?

What about serious violation of law, registration of chattel mortgages, chattel mortgages, administrative penalties, tax violations, environmental penalties, liquidation information, land mortgages, summary cancellation, public disclosure dunning and notice of tax arrears?

Or, what about the company’s intellectual property, patent information, trademark information, certificate qualification, information of software copyright, or information of works copyright?

If you want to know all possible risks about doing business with a Chinese company, or if you are having trouble checking or verifying information about a Chinese company, you can order our services. We can crosscheck all possible information about a company in China and get the most accurate result.

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