Court Costs VS Arbitration Costs in China
Court Costs VS Arbitration Costs in China

Court Costs VS Arbitration Costs in China

Court Costs VS Arbitration Costs in China

In China, courts charge much less than arbitration institutions. But if there is an appeal, the cost of litigation is not much cheaper than the cost of arbitration.

1. Chinese court costs

If you bring a lawsuit before a Chinese court, you need to pay court costs at the time of filing.

The court costs depend on your claim. The rate is set on the scale of rates and denominated in RMB.

Roughly speaking, if you claim USD 10,000, the court cost is USD 200; if you claim USD 50,000, the court cost is USD 950; if you claim USD 100,000, the court cost is USD 1,600.

If you win as a plaintiff, the court costs will be borne by the losing party; and the court will refund the court cost you paid previously after receiving the same from the losing party.

For more information, please read our post “What Are Court Costs in China?“.

2. Chinese arbitration costs

Each Chinese arbitration institution has its own rate table, for example:

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC, the most well-known arbitration institution in China): if you claim USD 10,000, the arbitration fee is USD 3,000; if you claim USD 50,000, the arbitration fee is USD 3,500; if you claim USD 100,000, the arbitration fee is USD 5,500.

Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC, Top 2 arbitration institution in China): if you claim USD 10,000, the arbitration fee is USD 2,600; if you claim USD 50,000, the arbitration fee is USD 3,000; if you claim USD 100,000, the arbitration fee is USD 4,300.

Guangzhou Arbitration Commission (GZAC in Guangdong Province, an area where most of the Chinese suppliers are located): if you claim USD 10,000, the arbitration fee is USD 630; if you claim USD 50,000, the arbitration fee is USD 2,000; if you claim USD 100,000, the arbitration fee is USD 3,000.

3. Conclusion

In China, the cost of litigation is generally lower than that of arbitration.

However, it is worth noting that if there is an appeal, the court of second instance will charge another litigation fee. This means that the overall litigation cost is doubled.

Therefore, if there is an appeal, the cost of litigation is not much cheaper than the cost of arbitration.

In addition to court and arbitration costs, you also need to pay legal fees and other costs to resolve disputes in China. For related information, please read our post “Sue a Company in China: How Much Does It Cost?“.


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