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The First Step for Your Business Foray into China, Attaining ICP


As the saying goes, it is a cut-throat business world out there. With the rise of the mainland Chinese market, small and big businesses alike fight for a share in this emerging market filled with potential. When doing business in China, it is required to abide by the regulations and the laws. To legitimize your business, you would need to comply with rules set forth by the State government. The way to attain the legal managing rights would be through filing for ICP.

What is ICP?

ICP refers to Internet Content Provider. In Chinese, ICP is called 网络内容提供商. ICP can be understood as an Internet service provider for millions of users and a tool that provides growth for businesses. It is approved by the State Department as the official managing tool for businesses. As stated by the ruling government of the People’s Republic of China, cases unapproved by the institution are prohibited from operating or providing Internet services in the country.

The aim of filing this tool is to prevent online activities such as the management of illegal websites and the propagation of fake news or misinformation. If businesses do not file for ICP for their sites, their site could be closed.

There are two types of ICP in China – the ICP record card and ICP management rights, with the former requiring application while the latter does not. For P2P network systems, ICP filing is necessary and afterwards, businesses can apply for ICP management rights.

The difference between both is their format. For the ICP record card, the serial code is an abbreviated number. For the ICP management rights, the serial code is its certificate number. The process of ICP filing is a complex process where relevant documents are to be processed and reviewed by the relevant institutions.

Only after the record is filed and the domain name approved, the host will be granted access to the website to formally publish their own website information.

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The Process of ICP Application

IH Digital ensures your smooth ICP attainment to secure your clients

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Are you lost in the seemingly complicated process? Worry not, for IH digital is here to help!

  1. Website creation: The professional team at IH digital will meet your needs in creating your ideal website to enable your products to have greater visibility in display networks.
  2. Application for ICP: IH Digital has assisted numerous businesses in their filing and is well-versed in the application process. You simply need to provide the relevant documents and we will expedite the process.
  3. Client attainment: Attaining ICP allows your business to operate in the Chinese online network. IH Digital provides you with a suggested formula for your business operation in copyrighting and in various Chinese media platforms and channels. These processes are planned to ensure the smooth execution of your business on online platforms in mainland China and greater China while maintaining good exposure and publicity for your business.

Case Study

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Photo Credit: Malee China Official Website

IH Digital has successfully helped the number one Thai F&B brand, Malee, which offers fruit juices, in its foray into the Chinese market through the provision of state-of-the-art services. IH Digital is Asia’s well-rounded digital advertising agency, excelling in video marketing, overseas expansion, and branding. We have a professional team to assist you in crafting the best strategies for your business and to successfully market your products to the rest of the world.

Furthermore, IH Digital is able to tailor your business strategy to cater to the regional and local needs and to create precise advertisement placements to maximize your advertising budget. If you would like to engage with IH Digital for our services, do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have any queries regarding brand promotion in the Asia Pacific region or mainland China, you can contact us via our official website or IH Digital’s Facebook page. Should you require the latest information on digital marketing strategies, do visit our YouTube Channel where the latest information is updated.

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