There are many registration statuses into which a Chinese company can fall, but the two main categories are “registered” and “not currently registered.”
Understanding a Chinese company’s registration status is a critical piece of information that you need to know to ensure the entity with which you are contemplating establishing a business relationship is a valid, legitimate Chinese business.
As we’ve discussed in other articles, it is very important to know a Chinese company’s registration status. It remains one of the key ways a small- or medium-sized business can discern if the Chinese company is a valid, legitimate enterprise.
The chart below outlines the two main categories of a Chinese company’s registration status (登记状态 in Chinese): registered and not currently registered.
(In Operation, Open, Registered)
(zài yíng, kāiyè, zàicè)
|In Business||在业||Zài yè|
Not currently registered
|Revoked, Already Cancelled||吊销，已注销||Diàoxiāo, yǐ zhùxiāo|
|Revoked, Awaiting Cancellation||吊销，未注销||Diàoxiāo, wèi zhùxiāo|
|Moved Out||迁出||Qiān chū|
Locating a Chinese company’s registration status
While there is no English-language search service for company registrations in Mainland China, there is a free nationwide Chinese-language search website for searching company registration details known as the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. In addition, you can investigate a company’s status by researching the State Administration for Industry and Commerce’s (SAIC’s) various local websites.
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