After gaining 0.9 percent in April, China’s exports strengthened further in May, climbing 7 percent YoY to keep up with market growth projections of about 6.7 percent.
Imports, however, dropped 1.6 percent, according to data from the General Administration of Customs. Trade surplus, consequently, expanded to US$35.9 billion in May from US$18.5 billion in April. Continue reading
Asia stands to reap large economic rewards with investment into smart-climate practices, according to the World Bank and the ClimateWorks Foundation.
In a new report, “Climate-Smart Development: Adding Up the Benefits of Actions that Help Build Prosperity, End Poverty and Combat Climate Change,” analysts assessed the potential economic, environmental and health impacts of three government policies across six world regions. Continue reading
Singapore is the best shipping hub in the world, with Hong Kong and Shanghai also in the top 10, according to a new report on international shipping centers released last week.
The 2014 Xinhua-Baltic Exchange International Shipping Center Development Index Report, which is the first report of its kind, was a joint project by the Baltic Exchange and the China Finance Corporation.Asian ports took six places in the top 10, which comprised of Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Dubai, Shanghai, Tokyo, New York and Busan.
The index assessed 46 shipping hubs around the world against three fixed criteria, namely maritime services such as insurance, engineering and brokerage (50 percent), overall environment (30 percent) and port facilities (20 percent). Continue reading
Asia is fast on its way to becoming the largest e-commerce market in the world. Internet penetration is growing by leaps and bounds, and the region’s youth population increasingly prefers to interact with companies and retailers over the internet rather than with more traditional forms of physical shopping and communication. Alongside these developments, Asia’s fast-growing middle class has fostered the evolution of a strong online consumer culture that cannot be ignored by companies seeking long-term success in the region.
by Etienne Charlier
I am not the first one to mention that pre-shipment inspections are important to securing quality from China. As they say:
You get what you Inspect, not what you Expect!
But pre-shipment inspections are not enough. The inspector you send to your supplier will stop defective products from being shipped to you, and this is good. But after all, not receiving defective goods is not the same as receiving what you order, according to specification and on the time agreed upon. Continue reading
Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis
As wage increases in China continue to rise – along with the comparatively high national welfare costs – increasing comment is being made as to the legitimacy of the “China Plus One” scenario. Coined some years ago, this theory – in reality, more of a shrewd observation – suggests that future manufacturing capacity will be placed both in China and externally in another location by the same manufacturer.
In fact, this has been going on for years, most notably between China and Vietnam. The recent anti-Chinese riots there have even prompted Hong Kong Shippers’ Council chairman Willy Lin Sun-mo to state that Hong Kong manufacturers based in the Pearl River Delta are running out of alternative, low-cost factory locations with ample labour following recent instability in their two preferred destinations, Vietnam and Thailand. I wrote about the Vietnam and Thai issues – along with a risk analysis for doing business in the rest of Asia – and China, earlier this week here, in this article “Anti-China Vietnam Riots a Passing Phase,” and Willy Lin’s comments can also be construed as a mild political point to Beijing that placing oil rigs in disputed waters hurts Hong Kong manufacturers. Continue reading
Op-Ed Commentary: Chet Scheltema, Manager, Dezan Shira & Associates
Monsoon rains sweep across India during the summer after several months of hot, dry weather, turning parched earth into lush and tropical landscape. Besides bringing eagerly awaited relief from the heat, these rains play an important role in sustaining the vibrancy of the Indian sub-continent’s life. Most of its vast population remains rural and highly dependent upon the land’s yield for sustenance. And the wealth of its large urban population depends entirely on the steady surge of India’s river waters flowing from the Himalayan heights. Lacking monsoonal renewal, India’s agriculture production may fail and its water resources dwindle – all with potentially dire consequences. So while traveling in Delhi and Mumbai these past weeks, it was little surprise to hear Indian’s ask this time of year, “will the rains come?” Continue reading