Reasons to Expand Your Business to China

Its growing economy and population, as well as its liberal trading rules and tax incentives, make China a prime country to export your products.

China is the fastest-growing major economy in the world — expanding nearly 9 percent last year — and 20 percent of the globe’s population calls it home. If these facts alone don’t convince you that China offers endless opportunities to grow your business, consider this: Its purchasing power ranks second in the world, just behind the U.S.

Still not sure? Read on for more reasons China should land at the top of your list for global expansion.

Incentives and assistance
China is home to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and four consulates across the country where trade professionals can assist you with your business needs. In addition, 14 cities are designated as American Trading Centers by the U.S. Commercial Service. These cities account for 54 percent of China’s imports and are growing at an average rate of 11 percent per year. There, American companies can take advantage of consulting and business advice services from U.S. trade experts, including sessions on overcoming barriers, protecting intellectual property and tracking market developments.

China has been a pioneer in creating special economic zones, which foster foreign investment with more liberal trading rules and tax incentives. This spring, the Chinese government announced a package of financial incentives focused on 10 key industries — especially high-end manufacturing, high-technology and eco-friendly businesses — located in central and western China. If your business fits one of these categories, you could receive lower land prices, exemptions from tariffs and other tax breaks for setting up shop.

Infrastructure investments
China has been investing heavily in its infrastructure, especially its transportation system. Ports, airports and roads all are being improved to keep goods moving across this huge country, which can help your company bring products to market faster. One of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Shanghai, is undergoing a significant upgrade to improve automation and minimize the loss of goods. If your line of business is in construction equipment, engineering or safety, you might have an opportunity to win work on one of these large infrastructure projects.

Many companies are also expanding their services to help you ship your products to or from China. For example, the FedEx Guangzhou Hub, which opened in February 2009, now serves as a major shipping center for the entire Asia-Pacific region. See the FedEx International page on China for shipping information, including import and export restrictions and requirements.

Links to other sources
For other assistance and resources, turn to the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China, and the U.S.-China Business Council.

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