“If you are going to rely on paper, at least do more than just rely on the document itself.”

The “China Law Blog” posting on “China Business Scams and How to Avoid Them” includes important an important lesson about depending on documentation to establish confidence in business practices and products. …

“There is probably no document that has not been faked thousands of times in China. I have seen fake bills of lading, fake bank statements, fake contracts, fake purchase orders, fake company registrations, fake IP registrations, even fake lawyers. If you are going to rely on paper, at least do more than just rely on the document itself. At minimum, check with the company or the governmental body that purportedly issued it.”

Those of us involved in counterfeit avoidance and detection activity can learn from this as it relates to certificates of compliance (CofC), test reports, and other documentation provided as evidence that a product is authentic. SAE International Standard AS5553 and the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association’s standard IDEA-STD-1010 provide valuable insight in this area.

Thought this specific article is presented in the context of the practical aspects of Chinese law and how it impacts business in China, the problem of bogus documentation is not unique to China.

Thanks to K Snider for posting this article.

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