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      How do I verify that a business is legitimate?

      Hi,

      I have started selling for a Chinese business that dropships and it is going well and customers are happy.

      I just want to expand and start selling many more products for them, but since this will be involving a lot more money, I need to make sure that they are legitimate and not just posing as a company and waiting for the big orders and then stop sending products.

      I know that I should ask for their business registration number, but I am not sure through which website or method I can verify a Chinese business. Does anyone know how I could do this?

      Could anyone please advise what methods I can use to make sure they are legitimate.

      Thanks in advance,
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      Hi James,

      Welcome to Wholesale Forum

      The best ways to verify your Chinese suppliers are to

      -Verify that the site has an ICP number. All companies and individuals that host a site in China must register for an ICP number (Internet Cache Protocol). It’s a number that registers the user’s domain name.(can usually be found in footer)

      -Verify that the site is owned by a company (normally ending in Co. Ltd, and usually found in footer or contact us page)

      -Verify that the site has Google Page Rank

      -Branded good can not be sourced from china, so keep that in mind when choosing your supplier.

      For Hong Kong businesses you can verify if the company is still registered, by consulting the Hong Kong business registry: http://www.icris.cr.gov.hk/csci/ (use the Unregistered User option)

      We also recommend doing a search on google for scam reports of the company

      Good luck
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