Trade mission to shipyards & marine engineering industries in China

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Monday 14th - Friday 18th May 2018

Build your business in China whether you’re new to the market or more experienced by joining the SMI on a trade mission to China.

By any measure, China is a leading global shipbuilder with 1,338 vessels on order in October 2017. To develop business in this market it is important to develop relationships and that is always best done by visiting yards. The biennial trade show visits are not enough to build knowledge and see what is happening on the ground. You will also learn a great deal from the accompanying UK companies.

  • Sunday - Arrival in Shanghai to enable a fuller program on the Monday
  • Monday - Visiting CIMC marine design institute 2 hours. Briefing during dinner.
  • Tuesday – Coach to Nantong (3 hours) to visit China Merchant Heavy Industry Ltd (CMHI) and COSCO Heavy Industry Co. It is expected that CMHI will build cruise vessels in the near future.
  • Wednesday - Flight to Xiamen or Guangzhou. Dinner briefing
  • Thursday - Visit Xiamen Shipyard or 1-2 yard in Guangzhou
  • Friday - Flight to UK

The exact programme timings will be developed in the coming weeks and all delegates will receive regular updates on the schedule and who we will be meeting with. You are also invited to suggest yards and contacts for the mission to meet with.

At all times we will be accompanied by the SMI China manager Chen Li Ming who will provide translation services.

The Mission fees have been structured to include group meals and travel (coaches) where needed. They do not include airfares (international/internal) or hotel (B&B) costs.

A current Chinese business visa would be required for this. We would recommend using the China British Business Council service for the invitation letter and Trailfinders Visa service if you want to use a service to apply for the visa. Details are in the registration form. 


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Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Mon 14 May 2018 (Deadline for booking is Sat 31 Mar 2018)
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