Yangpu trade group seals agreements with seven CIIE exhibitors

Shanghai Oujian Network Development Co Ltd will handle customs clearance for the exhibitors, which include Italian boatmaker Ferretti.

Seven international exhibitors signed agreements with a trade group from Yangpu District on Wednesday at the second China International Import Expo.

Shanghai Oujian Network Development Co Ltd, a customs clearance company from Yangpu, will handle customs clearance of goods from the seven exhibitors. Most of these goods have already locked in potential buyers.

Among the exhibitors were Charoen Pokphand Group from Thailand, Stakunft GmbH from Germany and Arai Co Ltd from Japan.

One of the standout exhibitions was for the Model 195 high-speed patrol boat from Italian company Ferretti.

Andrea Ameli, the company's China market director, said Ferretti has long been working with both the Chinese government and private buyers.

“We offer boats that serve the police force, the army, as well as many private customers,” said Ameli. “I’m thrilled to see that the Model 195 has drawn so much attention, but we can certainly offer more.”

Ge Jizhong, president of Oujian Group, said after the first CIIE, more companies began eyeing opportunities in Shanghai.

“Last year we signed agreements with only three exhibitors; this year it is seven,” said Ge. “And the expo also offered us more chances to expand our business.”

Ge added that in addition to clearance services, in recent years more clients have started asking them to be their intermediary to find buyers in Shanghai.

Since the first CIIE, Yangpu has set up two trade platforms in the district to allow foreign exhibitors to continue showcasing their goods after the expo.

One of the platforms, jointly founded by Yangpu and Bangladeshi company Dada Bangla Limited, has brought a number of local handicrafts to Shanghai, and these have been a huge hit in the district.

Officials from Yangpu said the total volume of the goods from the seven companies that signed agreements exceeded 1.5 billion yuan (US$142.8 million).

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