Shan­dong pro­motes its foods to the world

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By HONG XIAO in New York xiao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Li Jing has found some­thing new on her first visit to the US.

She had no idea that there is a large de­mand for Chi­nese sauce and dress­ing from the Chi­nese/Asian mar­kets in the US un­til she came to the US. And she has found po­ten­tial Amer­i­can busi­ness part­ners.

Li, pres­i­dent of Shan­dong Jin­grong Food­stuff Co Ltd, is a mem­ber of a del­e­ga­tion of about 80 pro­fes­sion­als from over 40 agri­cul­tural prod­ucts im­port and ex­port busi­nesses, as well as re­tail firms and cross-bor­der elec­tric busi­ness en­ter­prises in East China’s Shan­dong province.

The group vis­ited the US this week to pro­mote agri­cul­tural trade.

At the Amer­ica-Shan­dong Agri­cul­tural Trade Coun­ter­parts Con­fer­ence in New York on Tues­day, busi­ness peo­ple like Li had op­por­tu­ni­ties to talk to their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts.

“To­day’s talk is very ef­fi­cient, sev­eral US com­pa­nies showed in­ter­ests to our prod­ucts,” said Li.

Yuqin (Shirley) Xu, in­ter­na­tional sales man­ager of Roland Foods LLC in New York, looked for food-prod­uct sup­pli­ers for five-star ho­tels with im­port­ing rights at the event.

“I talked with some match­ing com­pa­nies, and I’m in­ter­ested in some of them. I hope there could be more events like this in the fu­ture,” Xu said.

Be­sides con­nect­ing Chi­nese and Amer­i­can busi­nesses, the del­e­ga­tion also wants the US mar­ket to know Shan­dong province’s progress in build­ing food safety sys­tem.

As one of China’s most im­por­tant agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers, ex­porters and con­sumer prov­inces, Shan­dong is the first province to move for­ward with con­struc­tion of agri­cul­tural prod­uct se­cu­rity demon­stra­tion sites.

A food-safety sys­tem has been con­sid­ered a vi­tal com­po­nent to pro­mot­ing the devel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional agri­cul­ture trade, which has been the fo­cus of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment since 2007, ac­cord­ing to Lyu Wei, deputy direc­tor gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Com­merce.

“The num­ber of ex­por­ta­tion agri­cul­tural-prod­uct se­cu­rity-demon­stra­tion sites in Shan­dong has reached 92, al­most over all coun­ties, dis­tricts and cities in the province, and the prod­ucts pro­duced in the demon­stra­tion sites ac­count for 99 per­cent of to­tal ex­ported agri­cul­tural prod­ucts,” Lyu said at con­fer­ence.

“We hope that the US side can get to know the ef­forts of not only the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment but also all walks of life for foods safety,” Zhou Shan­qing, com­mer­cial coun­selor of the Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York. “We are con­fi­dent about it.”

Shan­dong is the largest trade vol­ume of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts in China. In 2015, its gross agri­cul­tural im­ports and ex­ports reached $31.37 bil­lion ac­count­ing for 16.9 per­cent of the na­tional agri­cul­tural trades and rank­ing first in China.

For the first seven months of this year, the to­tal vol­ume of China’s agri­cul­ture-prod­uct im­ports and ex­ports reached $102.3 bil­lion, of which ex­port was $39.8 bil­lion, and im­port was $62.4 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Yu Lu, deputy direc­tor of China Cham­ber of Com­merce of Food­stuffs and Na­tive Pro­duce in Bei­jing.

“Ba­si­cally, China has a sur­plus in the over­all trade be­tween China and US, but has a deficit in agri­cul­ture prod­uct trade,” she said.

Zhou said that ac­cord­ing to the US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, China is the third-largest agri­cul­ture prod­uct-trad­ing na­tion of the US. Last year, the an­nual ex­port of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts from the US to China reached a high of $25.86 bil­lion, with im­ports hit­ting $4.53 bil­lion.

On Sept 21, Premier Li Ke­qiang said he would soon al­low im­ports of US beef at the ban­quet held jointly by the Eco­nomic Club of New York and the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on United States-China Re­la­tions (NCUSCR) and the Na­tional Coun­cil for US-China Trade.

“That means Amer­i­can beef will be ap­pear­ing on the din­ner ta­bles of Chi­nese fam­ily soon,” Zhou said.

HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese and US en­ter­prises have one-on-one match­mak­ing meet­ings dur­ing the Amer­ica-Shan­dong Agri­cul­tural Trade Coun­ter­parts Con­fer­ence at Westin Ho­tel in New York on Tues­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.