Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
April 8, 2014


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Topic: East China: Conducting Business Through E-Commerce

Host: United States Consul General Robert D. Griffiths

Date, time, time zone for call: Tuesday, April 8, 2014; 7:00 p.m. EDT (China: Wednesday, April 9, 2014; 7:00 a.m. EDT)

Brief Description of call: With over $300 billion in 2013 sales and a compound annual growth rate of 120 percent since 2003, China is soon poised to become the world’s largest e-commerce market. Shanghai’s Consular District, including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Anhui Provinces, is currently home to several of the largest Chinese e-commerce companies. The region is also a logistical hub for imports, distribution, and delivery around China, and is a demographic center of increasing consumption.

This Direct Line call is an opportunity for U.S. businesses—particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises—to hear directly from U.S. Government experts about policy challenges, opportunities, and the operating environment of conducting e-commerce in China, with a focus on food and beverage products and consumer goods. The Direct Line session will begin with brief presentations by the Consul General, the Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Trade Office in Shanghai, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Principal Commercial Officer in Shanghai, and will conclude with a moderated Question and Answer session.

Special Guests:

  • Agriculture and Trade Office Director Keith Schneller, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Shanghai
  • Principal Commercial Officer Joel Fischl, U.S. Department of Commerce in Shanghai

Deadline for RSVPs: Sunday, April 6, 2014; 6:00 p.m. EDT