Im­port pic­ture good for con­sumer prod­ucts

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA INTERNATIONAL IMPORT EXPO - By WANG XIAODONG in Shang­hai wangx­i­aodong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The im­port of con­sumer goods to China is ex­pected to main­tain rapid growth, driven by China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple’s in­creas­ing in­comes, a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion said on Thurs­day.

“In re­cent years, China has re­leased a se­ries of mea­sures to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional trade, such as cut­ting tar­iffs for con­sumer goods, in­clud­ing some lux­ury goods, which ef­fec­tively spurred the growth of im­ports,” said Li Wen­feng, vice-pres­i­dent of China Cham­ber of Com­merce for Im­port and Ex­port of Light In­dus­trial Prod­ucts and Arts-Crafts.

“With Chi­nese peo­ple’s in­comes con­tin­u­ing to in­crease, and the ex­pan­sion of the mid­dle class, China has great po­ten­tial in the im­por­ta­tion of con­sumer goods,” Li said.

Im­ports of con­sumer goods rose 53 per­cent in China last year to $202 bil­lion, driven by in­creas­ing de­mand for high­end prod­ucts and gov­ern­ment mea­sures to en­cour­age im­ports, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the cham­ber on Thurs­day dur­ing the first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai.

Zeng Xi­wen, Unilever’s vicepres­i­dent for North Asia, said China is an im­por­tant mar­ket for the com­pany, and there is still big po­ten­tial for busi­ness growth in China.

Of more than 400 in­ter­na­tional brands held by the com­pany, only about 30 are avail­able in China, he said.

“We are very con­fi­dent in the Chi­nese mar­ket,” Zeng said. “With the up­grad­ing of con­sump­tion in China, we hope more of our prod­ucts can en­ter China to pro­vide more choices for Chi­nese cus­tomers.”

The com­pany has about 400 kinds of prod­ucts on dis­play at the expo, but 90 per­cent of them are still not avail­able in the Chi­nese mar­ket, he said.

Adam Wiec­zorek, gen­eral man­ager of Kosmed, a cos­met­ics and health­care prod­ucts maker in Poland, said that while the com­pany’s prod­ucts are not avail­able in China yet, sev­eral of its prod­ucts are now un­der in­spec­tion and test­ing by China’s drug au­thor­i­ties. He hoped they would be avail­able in China within two months.

“We are very glad that our com­pany was cho­sen by the Pol­ish gov­ern­ment to at­tend the expo,” he said. “The expo has pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity to show our prod­ucts to the Chi­nese.”

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

Visi­tors learn about a smart sewing ma­chine at the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai on Thurs­day.

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