PTIC Beijing at China PECC-hosted seminar, with theme “Build An Inclusive Economy and Build A Better World: Asia-Pacific New Type of Urbanisation Construction, Interconnection and Regional Cooperation

The Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Beijing was invited to share important developments in the Philippines-China commercial relations and; second, Asia-Pacific regional cooperation with the Philippines as host of APEC 2015 championing the SME agenda, on the occasion of a Seminar hosted by China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (China PECC).

Philippines-China Commercial Relations In terms of trade, China is the Philippines' third largest export destination, taking in some 12% of our total exports in 2014. Per Chinese statistics, within ASEAN the Philippines ranked as the second fastest growing trading partner of China in 2014. Major items traded primarily come from mining, semiconductor and electronics, and related sectors at varying degrees of value-added content.

With regard to investments, historically, China’s investments in the Philippines have been in the area of mining and extractive industry. In the last two years, statistics suggest that Chinese investments in the Philippines have started to diversify particularly in manufacturing either for export or domestic market. This may be attributed to the recent inclusion of the Philippines as the newest recipient of EU GSP+, which now allows the export of over 6,200 tariff lines at zero percent.

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Tianjin Food Industry Association At IFEX Philippines 2015


Tianjin Food Industry Association Founded in 1981, Tianjin Food Industry Association functions as the management service organization of Tianjin’s food industry. Tianjin Association is responsible for the management of ten professional associations which are wine, meat, drinks, dairy products, spices, nutrition and health care products, quick-frozen, baked products, sugar products, edible fungus, food machinery and food packaging machinery associations. Tianjin Association consists of five professional committees: expert committee, standardization technology committee, bee products professional committee, chocolate and candy professional committee, hawthorn food professional committee.

Address:                  No. 15 Juying Rd, Jinnan Economy Technology Development Zone, Tianjin Tel:                           86 22 8119 1456 Fax:                          86 22 8119 1456 Contact Person:    Mr. Guorui ZHAO, President Ms. Yuan ZHANG, Secretary General

Tianjin Yi Qing Group Co., Ltd. Tianjin Yi Qing Group Co., Ltd. is a manufacturing enterprise of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in China. The Company engages in production and operation of diversified light industrial products, including food and beverage, health and skin care product, biological products, fine chemical, automatic watch and light machinery. Products are distributed worldwide.

Address:                  1 Binyou Road, Hexi Tianjin Tel:                           86 22 2835 7786 Fax:                          86 22 2835 7786

Tianjin Baiao Biotechnology Co.,Ltd Founded in 1996, Tianjin Baiao Biotechnology Co.,Ltd it is a state-run company engaged in the manufacturing of health care products. Tianjin Baiao Biotechnology Co., Ltd. belongs to Tianjin Research Institute of Industrial Microbiology and is attached to Tianjin Yi Qing Group Co., Ltd. It is a high technology corporation of biological fermentation products production and marketing. Our main products are health food raw materials, health food, functional foods and food additives.

Address:                 3-1-303 Minzuyuan Hedong District Tianjin Tel:                          86 22 8425 9327 Fax:                         86 22 8426 0388 Contact Person:    Ms. Jie ZHAO

Tianjin Shengzhihe Food Co., Ltd Tianjin Shengzhihe Food Co., Ltd. has offices in Tianjin, Shanghai, Beijing. Its head office is located in Wang Qing Tuo Industrial Park which is 60 kilometers away from Tianjin port. The Company has an independent research and development arm, production and sales division.

The Company is an OEM supplier of egg noodles to large supermarket chains, such as "Wal Mart", "Spar" etc., Products are exported to more than 30 countries, major markets are Mongolia, Canada, us, England, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa.

Address:                 Wang Qing Tuo Industrial Park, Wuqing, Tianjin Tel:                          86 22 2952 5208 Fax:                         86 22 2952 5253 Contact Person:    Mr. Yongjun WANG, President

Tianjin Foodstuffs Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. Founded in 1953, Tianjin Foodstuffs Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd., is one of the first and leading corporations specializing in food-related import and export business in China. In 1996, the company established joint investments to form a holding company, Northern International (Holding) Co. Ltd.,

The Company is a diversified and comprehensive foreign trade enterprise by integrating international import and export business with domestic trade, manufacturing and processing. The company is a member of China National Food Industry Association and functions as the import & export company of MOFCOM. The company has passed ISO9001 Quality Management System and its credit rating is assessed at AAA grade. The company ranks as one of the top 20 Agriculture-industrialized Foodstuffs Enterprises in China and is awarded thr "China Food Culture Outstanding Enterprise". In 2012, Chinese Ministry of Commerce of PRC awarded the Company with the highest recognition, “Great Wall”.

The company possesses its own supply and processing bases, and has expanded its export markets from Asia to Europe, America, the Middle East and Africa. Itstrading partners range from distributors, exclusive agents and import agents to foreign wholesalers, retailers, supermarkets, chain stores, large-scale purchasing groups and other commerce associations. The company is now dealing with nearly one thousand items of commodities in more than ten categories such as fruits and vegetables, canned foods, liquors and wines, soft drinks, candies, quick frozen foods, seasonings, preserved foods, grain and cereals, textiles and garments. Tianjin Foodstuffs Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. has 6 branches and several holding companies, participating stock companies, associated companies and joint ventures. It has set up overseas subsidiary companies and offices in the U.S.A., Sweden, Italy, Germany to name a few. The company has taken initial steps in combining production, supply and marketing together, and setting up trade network for international operations.

Address:                       20 Datong Road, Heping, Tianjin, China Tel:                                86 22 2339 1824 Fax:                               86 22 2330 4401 Contact Person:          Mr. Ruining YIN, Import/Export Sales Staff

Northern International (Holding) Co. Ltd., Established on March 8, 1998, Northern International Group is a state-owned foreign trade enterprise based in Tianjin, and supported by Tianjin Municipality. It has a registered capital of RMB239 million and total assets of about RMB3 billion. Its import and export volume in 2001 is US$440 million and export volume is US$378 million and US$450 million and US$403 million respectively in 2002. The holding company ranks among the 500 top import & export enterprises in China, and belongs to the top 50 import & export enterprises in Tianjin. The holding company including its subsidiaries is ISO9002-certified. The group also has over 110 subsidiaries, 30 of which are overseas enterprises or representative offices.

Address:                     49 Chengde Road, Tianjin Tel:                              86 22 2313 3578 Fax:                             86 22 2313 3579 Contact Person:        Ms. Zheyu ZHANG, Import/Export Sales Staf

Tianjin Modern Vocational Technology College Founded in 2001, Tianjin Modern Vocational Technology College, founded in 2001, covering a gross area of nearly 160,000 square meters owning 1 billion RMB fixed assets and 650,000 volumes of books and a scale of 8,000 students. It is a college offering 34 majors in applied liberal arts, applied science, applied engineering and the arts. It leads in the development of national biotechnology and application programs.

Address:                    Dagu South Road, Tianjin Tel:                             86 22 2819 3292 Contact Person:       Mr. Peng LIU, Deputy Dean & Consultant Mr. Da LI, Consultant & Professor

Tianjin International Exhibition Center Co. Ltd., Tianjin International Exhibition Center is a Group company, which owns Jinlihua Grand Hotel, airfreight forwarding, freight forwarding, tourism company, advertising, decoration, and other professional companies.

Tianjin Aviation Electro-Mechanical Co. Ltd Tianjin Tianli Aviation Electro-mechanical Co., Ltd. engages in the development and manufacture of food packaging machines in China. It offers vacuum packaging machines, filling machines, sterilizing systems, food engineering systems, and CIP cleaning systems. The company was incorporated in 1993 and is based in Tianjin, China. Tianjin Tianli Aviation Electro-mechanical Co., Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Tianjin Aviation Mechanical and Electrical Co., Ltd.

Website:                Office Address:             5 Xishi Road Konggang Economic AreaTianjin, 300308 Tel:                                 86 22 8438 1636 Fax:                                86 22 8438 1636

Ecoe (Tianjin) Agricultural Products Co., Ltd. In partnership with Boatgem Organic Foods Manufacturing Co., Ltd., all products are grown and produced under the strict control of organic farming & food processing rules - 100% natural & healthy foods without any preservatives, additives & colorants and prohibit the use of genetically engineered ingredients.The Company holds three international recognized organic certificates: EU of Europe, JAS of Japan and NOP (USDA) of the USA. It has developed a full range of organic and natural products under two registered brands: Springlife & ECOe. Ecoe is the sole manufacturer and sales agent for Springlife Agricultural (NZ) Co., Ltd.

Website:               Address:                        1 Sanjing Road, Dongli Economic Development Zone, Tianjin Tel:                                 86 22 2499 8181 Fax:                                86 22 2499 8508 Contact Person:           Ms. Grace Wang

PhilFoodEx Signs MOU on Food Industry Cooperation with Tianjin Food Industry Association (TFIA)

On 22 May 2015, PhilFoodEx signed an MOU at the sidelines of the 11th International Food Exhibition (IFEX) in Manila, Philippines.

The MOU was signed in response to the rapidly growing trade, investment and business activities between the Philippines and China. It is believed that industry-to-industry cooperation is an effective mechanism to facilitate the liberalization and promotion of a transparent, liberal and facilitative trade and investment regime to deepen bilateral economic development between markets and economies.

Secretary General of Tianjin Food Industry Association Madame Yuan Zhang expressed that signing this MOU is an important development between the two industry associations as it will allow SMEs to gain access to the global food value chain. Philippine and Chinese food enterprises will have the opportunity to connect with large wholesalers and retailers as well as market agents as they play the lead-firm role in organizing and managing the chain.

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China Policy Update: 2015 Food Safety Law

China Policy Update: 2015 Food Safety Law

1. Since 2009, China is updating its food safety law for the first time. The revised Food Safety Law, which came into effect on October 1, 2015, has added 50 new articles compared with 104 in the original law and it is being touted as China’s toughest food safety law to date. The amendment is considered a move toward achieving the strictest ever supervision system for food safety.

2. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA, is the primary regulatory authority in charge of food safety. Other regulatory authorities such as General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ,, National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC,, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA, will also regulate food safety and will coordinate and share information with CFDA with respect to food safety issues.

3. Revisions to the food safety law, along with recent amendments to Administrative Measures on the Recall of Food, the Consumer Protection Law and the Advertising Law, indicate that the Chinese government is now considering food safety to be of high priority. By ensuring food safety, China hopes to stimulate consumption of domestic products, especially in areas dominated by the foreign market such as infant formula. The new law grants regulatory bodies more authority, sets harsher penalties for violations, and introduces more guidelines for consumer product manufacturing and production.

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Roundtable Dialogue with China Light Industry Council

On 22 April 2015, Commercial Counsellor Christine dela Cruz shared important updates concerning the Philippine economy to members of China Light Industry Council.

Post highlighted two areas: one is about the ever-growing domestic market, and second is on new preferential market access granted by major importing economies.

Philippines-China Bilateral Trade In 2013, China ranked as the Philippines 3rd major trading partner, 3rd export market, and 2nd import supplier. Philippine statistics show that exports to China in December last year hit 746 million US dollars up on year by 79%. With this amount, China landed as the third-biggest export market for Philippine-made goods. Goods imported by the Philippines from China reached 671 million US dollars in November 2013 which is 14.6% higher in 2012 making China the Philippines’ biggest source of imports in the same period.

Meanwhile, Philippine imports from China grew in 2013. Top commodity imports of the Philippines include telecommunications apparatus, computer data storage units, liquefied petroleum gases, parts and accessories of computers, ceramic mosaic cubes among others. Top imports of China from the Philippines include electrical and electronic machinery, equipment and parts manufactured storage units, portable digital automatic data processing machines, nickel ores and concentrates, and semiconductor devices.

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