Exporters urged to 'optimize'
Updated: 2013-05-10 01:15
By DING QINGFEN (China Daily)
Buyers at the 113th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in Guangzhou in May. According to statistics from the fair, orders from the BRICS member nations of India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa increased by 5.2 percent year-on-year, while those from countries in the Middle East increased by 3.8 percent. LIANG XU / XINHUA
Ministry to help manufacturers target emerging markets, replace lost business
The Ministry of Commerce is planning to assist manufacturers to identify "specific regions" in key emerging export markets, particularly in India and other BRICS nations, to replace lost business in the eurozone and the United States.
Wang Shouwen, director-general of the department of foreign trade at the ministry, said on Thursday it planned to produce a list "that includes some key emerging markets and developing nations" which it will encourage exporters to tap.
The key factors to be taken into account in identifying the list of target markets will include the scale of the market, per capita GDP and national GDP, and foreign trade growth potential with China, said Wang.
He also said that the list will be drawn up based on the potential of specific areas to economically outperform developed nations this year.
According to the General Administration of Customs, China's 2012 exports to ASEAN countries grew by 20.1 percent, to Russia 13.2 percent, and to South Africa 14.7 percent, from 2011, while its total exports gained just 7.9 percent year-on-year last year.
"We have seen progress in China's efforts to optimize its overseas markets," said Yao Jian, spokesman for the ministry.
Official statistics released at this year's Canton Fair — the biannual event seen as a barometer of China's foreign trade which closed on Sunday — showed orders from the BRICS member nations of India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa increased by 5.2 percent year-on-year, while those from countries in the Middle East increased by 3.8 percent.
Liu Jianjun, a spokesman for the fair and deputy director of the China Foreign Trade Center, urged Chinese exporters to diversify sales in emerging markets as demand from traditional buyers, especially those in Europe, remains weak.
Liu also said the outlook for Chinese exporters is still uncertain, as they face problems ranging from higher costs, a rising yuan, tightening credit and sluggish demand.