Sino-US trade dispute: production and market diversification seminar

An upcoming HKTDC research seminar offers businesses a chance to share their experiences on coping with the trade dispute.

WHAT: To mitigate the impact of the trade dispute between Mainland China and the United States, many Hong Kong and mainland companies are optimising supply chains by adjusting their production strategies to reduce exposure to punitive tariffs. Firms are also looking to further explore sales opportunities emerging in the mainland domestic market. Despite their differing approaches, all the strategies on offer have a common focus – regulatory compliance. This issue has implications for manufacturing practices and the granting of market access to finished products.

WHEN: December 13, 2019 (Friday), 3pm-5pm

WHO: Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

WHY: Speakers at the seminar have extensive industry experience. They include Johnny Sze, Director and Vice General Manager of Eastcolight (Hong Kong) Limited, which has sold some 80 million toys. Currently, the company’s range of more than 500 different toys is on sale through museums, schools, toy shops, department stores and supermarkets in 110 countries and regions, with its distribution levels particularly high in Europe and North America. Another speaker is Martin Fan, Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland. He has also acted as the company’s General Manager, Products Operations – CS and Account Management for the Greater China region since 2016. In total, Mr Fan has more than 14 years’ experience in the testing, inspection and certification (TIC) sector. He started his career as a project manager in the consumer products market access sector, with oversight of sales and business development for electrical and wireless products. A third speaker is Christine Wai, Assistant Director − General (Industries Support) at the Trade and Industry Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. She joined the department as Assistant Director-General in 2018. Her major duties include support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and liaison with industrial and trade organisations.

WHERE: HKTDC SME Centre Ground Level, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

EVENT WEBSITE: Research Seminar

Language     Cantonese (No simultaneous interpretation service provided)

Event Details

In order to mitigate the impact of the ongoing Sino-US trade dispute, many Hong Kong and mainland companies have opted to optimise their supply chain by adjusting their production strategies in order to reduce their exposure to the punitive tariffs, while also looking to further explore the sales opportunities emerging in the domestic market. Despite their differing approaches, all the strategies on offer have a common focus – regulatory compliance. This, of course, is an issue that has implications not just for manufacturing practices, but also for the market access ultimately granted for finished products.

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