"Foreign trade business must be connected with the Internet, so that the road can be wider and wider." The 127th Canton Fair came to an end not long ago. In the past two days, Chen Guoping, general manager of Shaoxing best textile import and Export Co., Ltd., is busy sorting out new orders. This is the first time that the foreign trade fair in Shaoxing is affected by the new epidemic situation.
Chen Guoping is an "old foreign trade" with more than 20 years' experience, witnessing the development and changes of Shaoxing's foreign trade. In 1988, with the reform of the national foreign trade system, 10 foreign trade companies and 9 export production enterprises in Shaoxing were granted the right of self-supporting import and export for the first time. Shaoxing textile import and export company of Chen Guoping is one of them. In 1999, it coincided with the restructuring of state-owned enterprises. Chen Guoping "went to the sea" to establish "best". His company was also the first private enterprise in Shaoxing to obtain foreign trade management rights. At first, it mainly engaged in OEM production, and then transformed to develop its own brand. At present, more than 100 stores of "Beste" have been displayed in foreign stores.
As the main body of foreign trade import and export, over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, the number of enterprises with import and export performance in Shaoxing has gradually increased. According to the statistics of Shaoxing customs, there were 445 enterprises with import and export records in 1993, 1000 enterprises in 2002 and 10000 enterprises in 2018. "Foreign trade entities have increased nearly 22 times in 26 years, among which private enterprises are the backbone of Shaoxing's foreign trade." Li Xuemin, deputy director of Shaoxing customs, said that since 2002, private enterprises in Shaoxing accounted for 50% of import and export for the first time with a proportion of 53.7%. In 2018, private enterprises accounted for more than 80%.
The implementation of policies and measures has promoted the growth of foreign trade entities, and the import and export of Shaoxing has started a leap forward road by leaps and bounds. According to the statistics of Shaoxing customs, in 1993, the total import and export volume of the whole city was 230 million US dollars; in 2000, the total import and export volume of the whole city exceeded 1 billion US dollars for the first time. In 2004, with the change of foreign trade operation right to the record registration system, the number of authorized enterprises in the whole city increased rapidly, driving the total foreign trade volume of Shaoxing to a new level every two years. Last year, the city's total import and export volume increased to 35.64 billion U.S. dollars, and has entered the ranks of major foreign trade cities.
Shaoxing enterprises rely on foreign trade outlets to take off. Now, cross-border e-commerce has become another outlet for foreign trade enterprises. "Cross border e-commerce plays a very important role in the development of enterprises. The new orders brought by e-commerce in our company now account for more than half of the turnover." Keqiao Changfa Textile Co., Ltd. principal Zhen Yuan said.
"At present, cross-border e-commerce is developing very fast, and online trade fairs are also carried out in large numbers, which increasingly rely on advanced digital technology." Li Shengxue, a professor at the Business School of Shaoxing University of Arts and Sciences, said that foreign trade enterprises should contribute more and more "Shaoxing created" products in the process of globalization in order to make foreign trade better and better.