In general, there are two ways to know whether a company is legally registered in China.
1. Check via the domain name of the Chinese company’s website.
Some Chinese company’s websites are filed in the China National Internet Security Management Service Platform or Government Service Platform of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
On the National Internet Security Management Service Platform, you can enter a company website’s domain name in the search box. We can take made-in-china.com as an example. Please note that you should not enter the complete website address – https://www.made-in-china.com/ Instead, you can only search by fill in the domain name – made-in-china.com – to get a Chinese company’s information in this system.
Here is what you can find by clicking the search button:
You can see from the pictures that made-in-china.com belongs to 焦点科技股份有限公司 (Focus Technology Co., Ltd.). If this company name is consistent with the name your supplier told you, then the Chinese company is legally registered in China.
Similarly, on the Government Service Platform of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. You can fill in a company’s website domain in the search box. Here is what you will get by clicking the search button:
Now click “详情” (details), and you will see this company’s information:
You can see from this picture that youku.com belongs to 优酷信息技术（北京）有限公司 (Youku Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.). Again, if this company name is consistent with the name you have heard, then the company is legally registered in China.
2. Verify its registration information by cross-checking its business license and the government database.
Not every Chinese company has a website that is filed in the aforementioned two systems, especially companies engaged in international business because only company websites whose internet servers are located within China are obliged to get filed in the two systems. In this case, the only way to know if it is a legally registered one is to cross-check its information on its business license with that in the government database.
Here is what you can do:
- Ask your Chinese supplier for a business license;
- Go to China’s National Enterprise Credit Publicity System;
- Fill in the company’s name or Unified Social Credit Code in the search box and press “Enter”;
- Cross-check what is shown in the system with the information on its business license and what is written on its company website or Alibaba page, so that you can know whether your Chinese supplier is lying to you;
- You can also read other articles in our blog to see the details concerning how to use the National Enterprise Credit Publicity System, the types of information you should cross-check when verifying a Chinese company, and many other aspects of the China company verification process.