China Blueprint News Archives

Do you want to come to China with us?

China Blueprint in partnership with Teed Up Travel is going to China! Why? – this is a business tour seeking to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation, by providing opportunities for regional based businesses to explore global import and export opportunities and to conduct ‘business over the horizon’. The global economy is massive and new approaches to conducting business, including expanding internet capabilities, cost effective transport and growing distribution networks; is opening up a world of new business opportunities. Global buyer and supplier markets are increasingly within the reach of regional based business and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The tour will commence in Guangzhou to…

Top five tips for year’s end

The end of the year and its fever of commercial activity is crucial to the success of many Australian importers, so China Blueprint has come up with five top tips for newbies and/or forgetful old hands. 1. Hedge your bucks now With the Oz dollar on something of a slide, the time is right to get your foreign currency sorted out for those orders you’re expecting to pay for – and receive – well before Christmas. Our man in Forex says the lowest of the lows are nearly upon us, so stay ahead of the game and book your cash…

China’s love affair with luxury watches shows no signs of ending…

The Chinese government is continuing to crack down on conspicuous spending and lavish gift giving and even though this has had an impact on spending and gift giving, it has certainly not curbed appetites for luxury items. This is certainly evident in the luxury watch and high end timepiece market. Greater China now accounts for a quarter of Louis Vuitton’s revenue, 35 per cent of Cartier’s, and a whopping 45 per cent of Omega’s. At this year’s recent Baselworld watch and jewellery fair held in Switzerland, the Chinese were out in full force and many exhibitors marketing efforts were directly…

Visiting China: what’s the best way?

Planning a business trip to China can be daunting if it’s your first time. That’s why we’re looking at the pros and cons of the options available to businesspeople drawn by the host of opportunities that Australia’s largest trading partner has to offer. If you’re an entrepreneur or run a company that is drawn to the opportunities in one of the world’s largest economies, then getting your foot in the Chinese door can be something of a challenge. Barriers to entering the Chinese market include language and culture as well as the vast size of the country. Fortunately, there are…

Tony touts trade

  There’s been a honey pot of handshaking between the happy leaders of Australia, Japan and Korea. We now have the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), on the go since 2007, and the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), which began in 2008. So what’s the deal with China, with whom we began negotiating in 2005? The PM’s primal instinct is to blame the previous government, but the truth is that trade agreements are very complex negotiations. Given that China’s trade with Australia, at $125.2 billion in 2012, is just short of double that of Japan’s ($69.2 billion for…

When ‘yes’ is ‘yes’ in China

Ever noticed how everyone in Asia is more than willing with a “yes” in reply to any enquiry but don’t necessarily come up with the goods? It’s not just you and, no, it’s not personal. It’s simply a positively geared cultural disposition to encouragement. The same is true in China, so read on to find out when a yes actually means yes – rather than no. To avoid frustration and keep yourself on an even keel, a useful asset when doing business in China is to expect a positive reply to everything. If you show a factory a sample and…

Kiwi cousins creaming it in China

While the Australian and Chinese governments have recently held the 19th round of negotiations for free trade agreement, our brethren across the Tasman have had one up and running since 2008. The Kiwi dairy industry, among others, is creaming it. How did the New Zealand government get it so right? Let’s face it, New Zealand is a nation of firsts: first place in the world to give women the vote, to introduce the eight-hour working day, to set foot on the Antarctic, to climb Mt Everest, to elect a trans-gender member of parliament… The list goes on.