Although it may seem strange, I have volunteered to host a trade mission to China this summer. Through the auspices of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the Department of Commerce, we will be visiting Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai June 21 through July 1.
This letter is to suggest that it may be helpful for any manufacturers or business leaders interested in either “the China problem” or in doing business in China to attend. It is vital that we know and learn as much as we can about our competitors, and we plan to use this mission to accomplish that. In fact, I think it's more important to attend a trade mission if you do not want or plan to do business in China! It is an unbelievable learning and cultural experience and will help to sharpen your understanding of the challenges, opportunities and real-life costs of doing business in China.
It is important that we finish out our attendee list as soon as possible. If you would like details, please go to www.socplas.org and look for the China Trade Mission information and the FAQ section.
This will be a working mission and typically involves daily briefings, targeted (specific to your needs) plant tours and matchmaker meetings. A personal interpreter/translator will be provided when you are interacting with the Chinese businesspersons one on one. There will be a provision, at lower cost, for spouses and other family members to attend. The Commerce Department will help to coordinate tours, cultural opportunities and shopping.
Time is of the essence — the best flight reservations are made 30-60 days in advance. You also need an up-to-date passport and a visa prior to departure.
Erie Plastics Corp.