Company search and compliance | 2023-08-06
Do Chinese companies have official English names?
The answer to this question is no. The law explicitly stipulates that company names can only be in Chinese. According to the "Regulations on the Administration of Enterprise Name Registration," becoming effective on 1 March 2021:
Before 30 December 2022, the Ministry of Commerce required foreign trade operators to register, which included registering the company's English name, and the English company name would also appear on the registration certificate. However, starting from 20 December 2022, the requirement for foreign trade operators to register has been canceled. Therefore, in practice, companies usually use English names that correspond to their Chinese names on their own.
Therefore, only searches for registered Chinese names are supported in the official company registration database, i.e., the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. In other commercial data sources, the quality of searches using English names also varies.
There are some search tips that can improve the accuracy of retrieving the target company.
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