8 April. free FTA seminar with MP Hon. Bruce Billison Minister for Small Business

GM Robert Burns is an invited panelist at “Seize the Opportunity” NAFTA seminar with Hon. Mr.Bruce Billison MP, Australian Minister for Small Business April 8, 8.30am -12.00 noon in Frankston Victoria. This is a free event organized by the Treasury and Austrade.

Registration is FREE, all attendees need to fill out the form here on the Austrade web site->”REGISTER HERE”

Posted: April 2, 2015

”Seize the Opportunity” is part of a national series of seminars organised by the Treasury and Austrade.

Welcome to attend to find out about how your business can take advantage of Australia's North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Korea (KAFTA), Japan (JAEPA), and China (ChAFTA).

The Hon. Mr.Bruce Billison MP, Australian Minister for Small Business will be leading the seminar with three invited panelists for Q and A.

The expert panelists represent three different sectors;

- Beverage product manufacturing and export

- Industrial urethane product manufacturing

- China e-commerce and marketing platforms

The panelists will be able to assist provide insights into their experiences and benefits to help you expand your business overseas.

"I think it is helpful for businesses to attend and learn more how these important new strategic FTA’s will assist open new business opportunities. We invite all businesses to attend this free seminar" said Robert Burns, GM of China Sales Co. “Am honored to be invited and I look forward to meeting you there.

Registration is FREE, all attendees need to fill out the form here on the Austrade web site->”REGISTER HERE”

NPC drafting new China e-commerce laws for 2016

Posted: March 26, 2015. "Expect some positive changes trading online in China."

CCTV news announces review of China internet Laws. March 10, 2015

"The rapid pace of e-commerce in China has outpaced legal reforms" stated Robert Burns, GM of China Sales Co."It is necessary for clarity on internet laws. Like with the only recent allowance of digital communications to be used as evidence in courts, the laws and policies are catching up with the times.

In China e-commerce it is the small value trades and exchange in the C2C sector today accounting for over half of all sales, this is approximately 3%-5% of China's annual national GDP , and growing. However, the sheer volume of fake goods or services is astounding. It can be up to half-of all the advertised goods for sale on some platforms, and this rampant consumer and brand rip offs has got to be reigned in. "We are talking some big numbers here" stated Robert. "Even if we take a loose and conservative estimate that 20% of this is "not original product" then even what we can count still equates to an approximate USD$300+ Billion dollars a year in the online trade of counterfeit goods and services."

It will also be interesting to see regulations around the internet giants and mergers, O2O mobile wallet transactions data retention, all hot topics globally right now.

Once completed the new Chinese laws may-well be more advanced than any current western legal framework.

From one perspective "easier to be able to pass new internet laws behind your own national firewall," but am sure the frameworks and principles and software advances inside China will affect how we use the internet globally. I look forward to hearing more as it is released" stated Robert Burns in Melbourne today.

Link to original article "Article from CCTV News"

Some selected quotes taken from press release:

...."Deputy director of the (China) National People’s Congress (NPC) Financial and Economic Affairs Committee Yin Zhongqing said that drafting of an e-commerce law is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The draft legislation will then be submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for deliberation next year.

Yin said that the NPC Financial and Economic Affairs Committee has formed 14 special research groups with experts and academics from relevant departments of the State Council and e-commerce model cities since the e-commerce law drafting team was formed more than a year ago. The research groups conducted systematic studies on the issues involving e-commerce legislation. Currently, an outline of the e-commerce legislation has been drafted."

....and

..."In trading behaviour, provisions of transaction process, trading rules and trading standards are required to be laid down, which include electronic contracts, trade in products, services provision, payments and security. In dispute settlement mechanism, regulations are required with regard to the integrity of the business environment, quality of goods and services, consumer protection and intellectual property protection.Meanwhile, regulations are set to be imposed on the autonomy of e-commerce enterprises, self-regulation of the industry, government supervision and cross-border e-commerce...."

China e-commerce laws under NPC review
China e-commerce laws under NPC review

How Alipay works for Tourism, SME's and exporters

Since 2014 China Sales Co. are global licensees and technical System Installers of Alipay.

China Sales Co. are licensees for Alipay is the number 1 online payment system preferred by Chinese purchasers online.

Currently there are over 900 million Alipay accounts.

HOW IS ALIPAY IMPORTANT

Alipay can allow Chinese tourists to pay for goods and services whilst travelling overseas by using their mobile phone. And, they avoid having to pre-purchase local currency at sometimes exorbitant rates. Alipay's mobile driven technology enables secure instant cash-less transactions via offline to online or "O2O" e-commerce transactions and all settled into your local e-store or local business bank account.

Alipay was started as part of the Alibaba group, China’s number 1 e-commerce company. It was split off in 2008 and is now owned by Ant Financial based in Pudong, Shanghai. Alipay is not a card based banking system as shopping and transactions are all done via internet connected devices. For example in China today it is "quite normal today" to use your phone and Alipay to buy a drink from a vending machine, or to pay for a taxi-ride, to pay utility bills, buy a movie ticket or pay online for a dress in a off-line retail store. These are just some good examples of how mobile wallet is changing the way people prefer to buy products and services today.

Alipay is a online debit system, whereby users must pre-pay RMB (Chinese Yuan) credits into their Alipay accounts before they can spend these credits with merchants whom have Alipay accounts. Users can top up via bank account, or by even purchasing credits in cash from an Alipay credit vendor. This "no-credit" basis eliminates the bulk of any risk of credit related charge-backs or disputes.

Particularly importantly for tourism is the "mobile wallet"functionality. Apple corp has also negotiated and now integrated Alipay into their wallet system. Unfortunately for international businesses except for some approved shops and services in Hong Kong the "touch" function is currently not-allowed outside mainland China so other processes are needed to conduct the transaction.

Touch mobile payment systems are being rolled out around the world, however due to the sensitivities of China fiscal regulations it may be some time before Alipay is allowed to distribute touch systems outside mainland China. Currently inside mainland China there are over 100+ online payment providers. However, Alipay and Union Pay are the only-two payment systems allowed to conduct cross border transactions.Tencent has announced in December 2015 that it "will be allowed" to enable cross border transactions but we estimate this will be earliest mid 2016 possible 2017 before Chinese citizens are enabled to go shopping via We Chat onto global ecommerce sites..

I am outside of China, how can Alipay help me?"

All operators have to provide is wifi access to their in-store or online clients, and a unique Alipay QR shop code provided by china Sales Co. This coe can even be scanned online. Customers can then scan and enter payment amounts. Merchant then checks amount (in real time) before shipping (or handing over) goods.

All China customer purchasers or "buyers" utilising their Alipay account allows each single purchaser to pay for up to USD $`10,000 per instant transaction and $200,000 per year in off-shore goods or services per calendar year .

"Certainly enough to cover the vacation and shopping expenses for your average Chinese tourist" said Robert Burns, GM of China Sales Co.

Merchants "sellers" have no restrictions on the amount received via Alipay.

"Contact China Sales Co. Alipay agents"> for your free* merchant Alipay account today

*Merchant accounts are free for approved businesses after appropriate documents and contracts are supplied and verified. Once documents are submitted then allow Alipay 10 business days for account creation and unique client API code to be produced. API installation and testing requirements will vary by customer and operating system and on store off line POS ask your local China Sales Co. consultant for more information on the .

Read our updated blog "China ecommerce blog">here

G.M. to attend Australia China Business Week 2015

Posted: March 20: 2015

Meet China Sales Co. founder and G.M. Mr. Robert Burns at the Australia China Business Week at the Park Hyatt Melbourne 24-25 March 2015.

Speakers include the Honorable Premier of Victoria, Mr. Daniel Andrews, The China Consul General Mr. Song Yumin, Mr Ahmed Fahour CEO Australia Post and other key Australia China business people will attend forums and hear market leading speakers covering trade, legal and commercial topics.

"As a former key note speaker I can advise folks interested in doing business with China to attend the forums. It is a great opportunity to meet and hear from experienced China-Australian business people and gain insights and network for your business" stated Mr. Burns.

"We also are experiencing greater interest in Alipay for Tourism and even Australian exports and it is a great way for us to meet clients needing the Alipay system."

Link to official site of the Australia China Business Week 2015 event: "ACBWeek2015"

"Show your authenticity" 1/3 products sold online in China are fake according to China Govt. SAIC

Posted: March 11, 2015

Shanghai

Given the high prevalence of fake products available online in China, customers often will look to official company websites to confirm product and company information.

"Chinese consumers are strongly aware and tired of fakes. They want the real product, and from the real source" stated Robert Burns, GM of China Sales Co. "Anybody walking the remotest streets in China can spot the level of fake or copied product offered and when it comes to the internet it is just the same. This is why officially qualified brand sites and online stores are so essential in this era of online shopping in China"

Results from a recent China State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) survey released on January 23, 2015 discovered that across the major e-commerce platforms only 57.8% of goods were found to be authentic.

With Taobao, China's largest C2C platform they found just 37.25% of goods were indentified as authentic.

"Even adding Chinese pages to your .com.au will go a long way to assisting build consumer brand trust and we also encourage businesses to sell directly from their own home-company website" said Robert.

Link to original article "Shanghai Daily March 10 2015 Call to get tough on online fakes"