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How Do I Find a Chinese Company Registration Number?-CTD 101 Series

Fri, 15 Apr 2022
Contributors: Meng Yu 余萌
Editor: C. J. Observer

The Registration Number for Chinese companies is called in the Unified Social Credit Code in China. It is a unique 18-digit alphanumeric (letter and number) code.

This post was first published in CJO GLOBAL, which is committed to providing consulting services in China-related cross-border trade risk management and debt collection.

You can find this number on a company’s Certificate of Registration (business license), its official company seal, as well as on the website ‘China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System’ (the official website of the Chinese company registration authority)

1. Certificate of Registration

In China, legally incorporated companies are issued business licenses by the Chinese company registration authority, the Administration for Market Regulation.

The business license contains basic information that a Chinese company should disclose to the public, including the registration number.

For more information, please read an earlier post ‘How to Check Chinese Company Registration Certificate’.

2. China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System

You can find the information about this company, including the registration number, on the official website of the Chinese company registration authority.

Specifically, You can search on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. This is a website of the State Administration for Market Regulation of China, available at: http://www.gsxt.gov.cn/index.html

To learn more about how to use the website, please read our earlier post ‘How Do I Know if a Chinese Company Is Legitimate and Verify It?’.

3. The official company seal

In China, the official company seal is a symbol of corporate power. Anything stamped with the official company seal is considered to be on behalf of the company’s will.

The official company seal of a Chinese company is round-shaped, and the mark on the document is red. In the middle of the circle, there is a five-pointed star. Inside the circle, there is a string of Chinese characters above the five-pointed star, which is the company’s full registered Chinese name. Below the words, there is a string of numbers and letters (18 characters in total), which is the company’s unified credit code.

For more discussion on the official company seal, please read an earlier post ‘Execute a Contract with a Chinese Company: How to Make it Legally Effective in China’.

 
 

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Contributors: Meng Yu 余萌

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