Q: What is Consolidated Billing?
Consolidated Billing is a feature that you can use to simplify payment for multiple AWS (China) accounts within your company by designating a single paying account to pay for all of them. You can see a combined view of AWS (China) costs incurred by all accounts, and get cost reports for each of the individual AWS (China) accounts associated with your paying account. For general VAT payers in China, all accounts must have the same VAT registration ID in order to utilize Consolidated Billing. Consolidated Billing is offered at no additional charge. To learn about consolidated billing, see our Consolidated Billing Guide.

Q: How does AWS (China) compute paying account bills?
We aggregate usage of the linked accounts and apply pricing to generate the paying account’s bill, which gives the full benefit of price tiers to the paying account. The paying account’s bill represents charges due from the customer who owns the paying account.

Q: How are line items on the paying account's bill allocated across linked accounts?
We proportionally allocate costs to linked accounts from line items on the paying account’s bill. Allocated charges in linked accounts are derived from line items in the paying account. Allocated costs are computed and stored with a precision of six decimal places. When composing the bill for the paying account, we apply line-item rounding rules. The allocated costs are retained at the precision of six decimal places.

Q: What rounding rules are applied to a paying account's bill?
We apply the following rounding rules to each line item in a bill:

Round up to the first CNY – amounts between ¥0.000001 and ¥0.01 are rounded up to ¥0.01. For example, ¥0.001 is rounded up to ¥0.01.

Round half up amounts greater than ¥0.01 – we round down if the fractional amount is less than half a CNY, and round up otherwise. For example ¥0.102 is rounded to ¥0.10, ¥0.105 is rounded to ¥0.11, and ¥0.107 is rounded to ¥0.11.

Q: Will paying account bills reconcile with linked account allocations?
No, a difference may result from any of these factors:

Allocated costs have a precision of six decimal places, while line items are rounded to two decimal places when composing a bill.

Line items are rounded up to the first ¥0.01, while allocated costs are not. This can introduce a very slight difference between allocated cost and the corresponding line item.

On the Billing Console > Bills > Bill Details By Account tab, the allocated costs are rounded to two decimal places. The page provides roll ups at Account and Account-Product levels. There can be a discrepancy between the fine-grain allocated costs and the roll-ups.

Q: Can line items in paying account bills be greater than the sum of the allocated costs in linked account bills?
Yes. In the example below, the line item amount is ¥0.01, while the sum of allocated costs is ¥0.00.

  Amount before rounding Amount after rounding
Line item on bill ¥0.002 ¥0.01
Allocated cost for account A ¥0.001 ¥0.00
Allocated cost for account B
¥0.001 ¥0.00

Q: Can lines item in paying account bills be less than the sum of the allocated costs in linked account bills?
Yes. In the example below, the line item amount is ¥0.01, while the sum of allocated costs is ¥0.02.

  Amount before rounding Amount after rounding
Line item on bill ¥0.014 ¥0.01
Allocated cost for account A ¥0.007 ¥0.01
Allocated cost for account B
¥0.007 ¥0.01

Q: Is there a report that gives me breakdown by linked account?
Consolidated Billing customers can download a comprehensive report from the billing console.


Q: Is AWS (China) required to charge VAT?
All customers are required to pay 6% VAT for AWS (China) services. General VAT payers in China with a valid VAT registration number may be eligible to receive a special VAT invoice to reclaim their VAT.

Q: I am a general VAT payer and have a valid VAT registration number. How do I request a special VAT invoice so I can reclaim VAT?
You can request a special VAT invoice by entering your information on the Billing Console > Preferences > Account Information > Tax Settings page.

Q: I am not a Chinese general VAT payer and/or I do not have a valid VAT registration number and would like to receive a normal VAT invoice. How do I request my VAT invoice?
You can request a normal VAT invoice by entering your information on the Billing Console > Preferences > Account Information > Tax Settings page.


Q: I completed the signup process and created my account several hours ago. Why can't I use AWS (China) Services like Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3?
Please check the email address associated with your AWS (China) account and see if you have received any additional information about your account activation from AWS (China). Alternatively you can contact AWS (China) Support for assistance.