How to Find the Legal English Name of a Chinese Company

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We’ve introduced a lot of systems for searching enterprise information, such as enterprise credit information publicity system, and China Customs Import And Export Credit Information Publicity System. However, in these systems, we can’t find the English name of a Chinese company, since the only legal name of a Chinese company is in the Chinese language, and English names are not mandatory when registering a company in China.

But in real cases, international buyers have to learn how to verify whether a certain English name belongs to a company from China, because only by cross-checking the English name and address of a Chinese company’s bank account can we know the account belongs to the company.

Also, there are situations where frauds use a similar English name to pretend to be another Chinese company, so you have to learn ways to make sure who you are really dealing with. In this article, I am going to show you the why and how.

Why international buyers need to find the legal English name of a company in China

Before making a payment to a Chinese company, you will receive its bank account details. However, all the information on its account is in English including its company name.

So in order to avoid property loss, you need to ensure the authenticity of this bank account by checking its English name and other information. Here is an example of a trading company that uses a similar name to pretend to be another company.

Henan Bebon International Co., Ltd.:

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Henan Bebon Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.:

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You can see in the pictures that these two companies’ websites look exactly the same, and the English names are similar to each other. But in reality, these two websites belong to two different Chinese companies that are not related to each other in any way. One of them is surely pretending to be the other company. But how can you know which company you are going to send your money to?

How to find the legal English name of a Chinese company

You could find the English name of a company in China on its Registration & Filing Form for Foreign Business (对外贸易经营者备案登记表). It looks like this:

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However, the Registration & Filing Form for Foreign Business is private information, it is impossible for you to get it by yourselves, the only way to get it is to ask your Chinese supplier to send it to you.

Information that you can find on the record registration form for foreign business

Items Included in the Form

Corresponding Information in This Example

备案登记编号 (Filing Number)

01666556

进出口企业代码 (Import and Export Enterprise Code)

5101734826768

组织机构代码 (Organization Code)

734826768

公司中文名称 (Company name in Chinese)

成都植源机械科技有限公司

公司英文名称 (Company name in English)

Chengdu Zhiyuan Machine Science & Technology Co., Ltd

经营者类型 (Type of Enterprise)

有限责任公司 (Limited liability company)

中文地址 (Chinese Address)

四川省成都市武侯区航空路641单元131

英文地址 (English Address)

Fund International Plaza D1-1301, No.6 Hangkong Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

工商注册登记号 (Business Registration Number)

510302195708190017

工商登记注册日期 (Business Registration Date)

2002-3-15

法定代表人姓名 (Name of Legal Representative)

徐志 (Xu Zhi)

法定代表人证件号 (ID Number of Legal Representative)

510302195708190017

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Before cross-checking the information on this registration form with that in a Chinese company’s bank account, you should first make sure that you get the real copy of this document. This is where we can help. We can help you verify whether it is a real one so that you can move on to the next step.

How to confirm a certain bank account belongs to a Chinese company

After confirming the authenticity of the record registration form for foreign business, you need to check the information on it to ensure that a certain bank account belongs to this Chinese company.

Cross-Check the Information

Because the information in the foreign-currency accounts of Chinese companies is in English, so you need to use the aforementioned Registration & Filing Form for Foreign Business to check its English name and address to ensure that this bank account belongs to this company.

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What if the address on this form is not consistent with that in a Chinese company’s bank account

If the address of the bank account doesn’t match the address on the record registration form for foreign business, that doesn’t mean the bank account is necessarily fake.

You need to contact the company to confirm whether they forgot to update the address on the record registration form for foreign business, and ask them to update the address on the Registration & Filing Form for Foreign Business or the address in its bank account. Then you need to confirm if the address of the bank account and the address on the business license are the same.

If you have any problems during the process, we are always here to help you.

Can I pay the money to a personal account or the offshore account of a Chinese company

Many International buyers have asked us this question, the answer is “No!”. Although there are exceptions, it is still highly risky because if you pay to an offshore account and get scammed, it is difficult for you to get help.

If you plan to report it to the police, which police officers are you going to seek help from? At least, based on our knowledge, the Chinese police may not be helpful, because they are not sure whether it is a Chinese citizen who took your money away and they may have no rights to control criminals in other countries.

Conclusion

Before making payments to a bank account of a Chinese company, you must check the information such as its English name, address, and unified social credit code to avoid being scammed. If you find out that it is difficult for you to find these documents or check this information, please contact us, we are always willing to help you.

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