Asia Access Update
Export continues to be a significant opportunity for UK organic businesses, and our licensees tell us that both Asia and the US are key territories for future export growth, so we were pleased to see registration full for our Organic Asia Access Workshop export event at CBBC on the 27th. From how to ship to China via a new cross-continental rail link, to appealing to Korean consumers with gifting sets, our fast-paced program included nine expert speakers delivering a concentrated half day of export insights.
The growing significance of cross-border e-commerce in accessing markets such as China was of particular interest to attendees. Organic regulations can present challenges for those importing via more traditional routes, and although Soil Association Certification can support businesses who want to do this, for those who don’t, selling directly to consumers can reduce the legislative burden. As the CBBC’s Jack Portus outlined, China now accounts for 47% of all global e-commerce, so even smaller specialist internet retailers can present a major opportunity.
“It was great experience for me. I really enjoyed meeting the people there and it sounds like there could be some good opportunities from it." Arran Elliot (Export Manger – Queens Enterprise Award for Export winners, Only Natural Products.)
Whether you’d like to be kept informed of future export events, or just want to find out more about country opportunities and requirements, visit our Export Support pages to find out how Soil Association Certification partners are supporting organic exporters.