Now more than ever is the time to get an ICP license and build a strong online presence in China. As life in China starts to normalize after the fight against COVID-19, companies should make a swift and decisive move on how to bring business back to normal as well. Chinese people who were forced to stay home are now back on their feet with their daily work and spending. Thus, companies can take advantage of this situation to rise to the challenge of achieving business growth amid the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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To optimize your online Chinese market reach, you will need to establish your website and register your domain to mainland China’s server. But it is not easy as you must obtain an ICP license to do so. This article will guide you through the process so keep on reading!
What does ICP stand offer and why you need a license?
ICP stands for Internet Content Provider and an ICP license is issued by the Chinese government to run and operate your website in China LEGALLY. If you are into e-commerce, which typically has a huge potential in China market, an ICP license is like your ultimate gateway.
The best part? You will have access to a wider range of content delivery network in China and will avoid losing a potential customer due to slow-loading website.
Two types of ICP license
As it suggests, an ICP commercial license is intended for making online sales, advertising, and conducting online payments. Chinese-owned businesses and joint venture companies are allowed to obtain this type of license.
Bei’an (in Chinese) or ICP filing, on the other hand, is intended for non-commercial websites. Companies with this type of license are not looking to sell commercial products but are conducting other activities such as providing information to users.