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China e-Commerce Opportunities for Food Products

Minnesota Dept of Agriculture

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (CST)

China e-Commerce Opportunities for Food Products

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Includes light breakfast
Dec 1, 2017 Free  

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China is now the largest e-commerce market in the world and setting the benchmark for the future of global retailing. In 2015, policy reforms in China encouraged the online sale of foreign goods in the country that included duty tax reductions on cross-border e-commerce. These changes have created tremendous opportunities for "e-tailers" while drastically simplifying market entry for U.S. consumer products companies.

The online food sector increased 82% in 2016 with projected sales of nearly USD 35 billion by the end of next year. Online companies like Alibaba's and Beijing-based are streamlining operations with international shipping and payments making it easier for Chinese consumers to buy from overseas companies. Recently, agreed to import $2 billion of U.S. products over the next three years. Imported food brands that are marketed effectively still have a natural trust advantage over domestic players.

Many Minnesota food companies, including small startups, have found success exporting products to China but companies of every size need to have a digital strategy. Join us to learn the 1-2-3s of Chinese e-commerce including the basics of food exporting to China, the "how to", comparisons of different channels, resources available to Minnesota food companies, taking Chinese payments, and how to grow your market.



Paul Swenson is the founder of The China Hand Consulting, LLC where he acts as the Managing Director.  From 2005 to 2011 his firm represented the State of Minnesota in China assisting small and medium sized Minnesota firms with their China entry strategies. Paul is a regular speaker on Chinese business, a recognized expert on e-commerce and has served as a consultant to several Chinese e-commerce firms as well as logistic providers. He most recently made a keynote speech on e-commerce for Chinese firms at the China National E-Commerce Annual in Xiamen, China.



8:00-8:30 AM - Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30-11:00 AM - Seminar



Dorsey will validate event parking at the following two parking ramps:

Dorsey Ramp/50 South Sixth Street: Please park on levels 4-8 in the 50 South Sixth Street parking ramp. Enter on Sixth Street between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall. BE ADVISED: This ramp fills quickly. Please do not park in the Dorsey Client Parking section on Level 3.

Gaviidae Common Ramp: Located on Sixth Street between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue, on the right side. Gaviidae is connected to the Wells Fargo Center.



How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email or call (651) 201-6220

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Validated parking courtesy of Dorsey and Whitney LLP in the Dorsey Ramp or Gaviidae Common Ramp.

METRO TRANSIT: Blue or Green light rail train to the Nicollet Mall stop (at Fifth Street). Event location just one block south at Sixth Street and Nicollet Mall.


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Dorsey & Whitney LLP
50 South Sixth Street
Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1498

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (CST)

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