How to verify the address of a Chinese company
Checking the address of a Chinese company is a major but important part of your due diligence process. Finding the place where the company is officially registered can help identify any red flags, such as the company's location is completely different from what they said. However, you should note that it is common for Chinese companies to have inconsistent registered addresses and actual business addresses. The two addresses should be relatively close, but the company can register a separate address for legal or operational reasons. When we find the address of the business license of a Chinese company, we often talk about the Chinese business license, because the business license is the document company that the Chinese mainly check. After all, this is partly the reason for its existence: to allow other companies to evaluate the holders, you should often request copies of their business licenses from Chinese companies that do business with you. If they give you any trouble or excuse not to do so, you must be skeptical, this is a normal check, they should want you to do this, and then return to the business license, the address of the Chinese company will appear here: This is the company Official permits provided during the business application process. But in reality, the company may operate in different locations nearby. For example, the registered address may be an office, and production is actually performed at a nearby factory. So if you see that the address on the business license is different from what the company says in the communications or on the Internet, you don’t have to panic. Please note that the official address of a Chinese company is only displayed in Chinese, and some knowledge of Chinese is required to understand the location of the company, although our vocabulary address conditions can help. You may have received a copy of the company’s business license to verify that the company’s address is compared to their public records, but how do you ensure that it is legal, not forged? The next thing you need to do is to record the company's online public registration. This will be presented by the provincial administration for industry and commerce for registration. You have identified the provinces and departments that need to be checked. You need to visit their website and find the company registration record. There, you can search the company’s records using the company’s Chinese name (the search function of these sites usually requires a complete and accurate registered name). The registration record will display the same information as the business license, and you can use it to verify that the registration address you provided is correct. For example, if a company claims to operate a state-of-the-art factory of 10,000 square meters, but is registered on the fifth floor of a residential building, you need to question it! Google and Baidu's online map service projects can help you determine where businesses are applying for registration and operation.