China supports drive to improve export quality

08:53, March 02, 2011      

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China will support self-improving actions by six trade commissions comprising more than 40,000 export-oriented companies in various industries to improve the quality of the country's exports.

"Although China has become the world's biggest exporter, our trade is plagued by various problems, one of which is related to quality and the relatively thin profits," Vice Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the East China Fair, which runs through Saturday at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

"We should further improve the competitiveness of our exports, paying more attention to intellectual property protection and establishing our own distribution and marketing channels for more value-added goods," he said.

Six trade commissions covering light industry, textile, mining, food, electrical equipment and medical machine sectors yesterday pledged to cooperate to upgrade the quality of products exported by their member companies.

"We are innovating in design and technology of our products to attract buyers," said Linda Zhang of Zhejiang Haers Vacuum Containers Co. "We look forward to new achievements this year with our renewed efforts."

This year's fair, the country's largest regional trade event and a gauge of this year's trade activities, has more than 60 brands of products which won national awards for their quality, and more than 700 brands honored by provincial governments.

Some of the products exhibited include silk products from Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, ceramics from Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province and garments made of bamboo from Zhejiang Province.

China's trade surplus fell 6.4 percent in 2010, with exports jumping 31.3 percent and imports surging 38.7 percent annually. In January, China's trade grew robustly when exports rose 37.7 percent and imports soared 51 percent.

Source: Xinhua
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