Pacific Island products showcased at global China event

16/06/2014

The Beijing offices of <b>Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest</b> (<b>PT&amp;I</b>) represented exporters, manufacturers and businesses from the Pacific Islands at the China International Import Conference on June 11-12. <!--more-->The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) hosted the event in the capital.

More than 40 countries were represented at the conference including the United States of America, Italy, Iran, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Ghana, to name only a few. PT&amp;I held several business-to-business meetings with businesspeople and officials from these countries, displaying samples of products provided by Pacific Island companies.

Mr Kevin Zhang of <b>PT&amp;I</b>’s Beijing office presented product samples provided by businesses from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. “We received interest in Coconut Oil and Breadfruit powder which we will need to explore further. Building relationships with new importers and gaining their confidence in the products of the Pacific Islands is an important part of the export-import process. It will take time to develop this,” Mr Zhang told <b>Pacific Periscope</b>.

Having samples and product information with details such as supply quantities, frequency of supply and pricing are important basics that exporters need to provide as a starting point for the China market.

<b>PT&amp;I</b> Beijing can work with exporters to have their marketing material translated into the Chinese language as part of the assistance programmes on offer to exporters interested in exploring China.

China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) emphasises a shift toward consumption driven growth with healthcare featuring strongly in the mix.