How to export to China

No-one can afford to ignore China


China is home to one fifth of the global population and has the second highest GDP in the world.

Its economy, society and legislative systems are vastly different to those of the UK and are changing at breath-taking speed. Consider these examples:

  • In 2023 total UK-China trade was £90.2 billion, of which £31.5 were exports to China. This represents roughly a doubling since 2010.
  • 2/3 of these exports was goods, and the other 1/3 was services, when measure by value
  • China is the world’s largest online market, with £2.36 trillion sales annually, representing more than half of all retail in that country. The total value is about 3 times larger than the ecommerce in the US, where only 20% of shopping is done online.

The opportunities are within your reach


More and more goods, services, investment, students, tourists, and skilled labour are flowing between China and the UK, presenting UK business with unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

  • Are you ready to engage successfully with China?
  • Do you know what adjustments to make to your products and marketing?
  • How can you communicate effectively and build long-term partnerships across two very different cultures?

Start planning and we’ll help you every step of the way


Our expertise in working with China can help you get started. We like to think it’s more than just knowledge. We really care.

Here are just some of the areas we can help you with. Click here to email our China specialists to find out more:

  • Full digital marketing for China – websites, WeChat, Douyin, Little Red Book and more
  • China-specific market research and assessment capabilities
  • Customs requirements and documentation support
  • Strong understanding of China – including its regional, social and ethnic diversities
  • Support when preparing business trips to China or hosting incoming delegations
  • In-depth training regarding Chinese worldview, values and culture for business

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"I really like what you have on Chamber International's website about China. 

 It is not so easy to find concise and clear information illustrating the reality that western companies face when they approach China."

Alvaro Alamillo, Head of International Partnerships, Santander, London