China Market Intelligence

December 13th, 2017
By Owen Haacke

Despite indications that US companies expect growth in revenue and profitability next year in China, concern about possible trade actions was evident  in polling USCBC members who attended the Shanghai China Operations Conference on November 30. USCBC used interactive live polling provided by Wolfpack Response Ltd. during the conference, which allowed the audience to provide real-time feedback during panel sessions led by experts.Seventy six percent of the audience expects trade tensions to...

November 8th, 2017
By David Solomon

Chinese regulations on tendering and bidding practices published by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in July are a promising sign for US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers that government procurement behavior will be better regulated to guarantee consideration of quality alongside price. However, true improvement for the industry will require regulators to faithfully implement the law and refrain from unofficial practices such as local favoritism, which sometimes plague...

October 25th, 2017
By David Solomon

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) recently submitted comments to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on the Implementation of Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China. USCBC’s submission highlighted articles in need of further clarity or adjustments as CFDA seeks to improve nationwide food safety and security through the finalized law.

USCBC’s letter addresses a variety of concerns raised by its members by:

Calling for...

October 11th, 2017
By Meg Kelly

Intellectual property (IP) theft and forced technology transfer are serious issues that need to be addressed in China, said Senior Vice President Erin Ennis in testimony about the Section 301 investigation to a US government committee on Tuesday on behalf of of the US-China Business Council (USCBC). The most effective way to address the issues is with solutions that will curb the problems faced by American companies in China, rather than punitive tariffs, Ennis said.

September 27th, 2017
By David Solomon

Recently announced provincial reimbursement drug lists (PRDLs) provide possible new opportunities for US pharmaceutical companies seeking to expand market reach for their drugs in China. These updated subnational lists largely reflect the national reimbursement drug list (NRDL), which was released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) on March 17 for the first time in eight years. However, some PRDLs include potential new openings for drugs that were not...

August 31st, 2017
By Jake Laband

Changes stemming from the implementation of China’s Food Safety Law threaten to block imports of a wide range of food products from countries unable to provide the necessary certificates. The new regulations from the General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine (AQSIQ) take effect October 1 and require food and beverage importers to secure a certificate from government authorities in the originating country guaranteeing that the entire process of...

August 30th, 2017
By Jake Parker and Erin Ennis

As a temporary suspension expires this month, US companies’ concerns about China’s height limits on trucks came to the forefront of US-China Business Council (USCBC) advocacy efforts. The expiring regulation re-imposed a ban on trucks over 4 meters, making it impossible for shippers to transport products in high-cube (HQ) containers--internationally used intermodal containers commonly imported to China.

USCBC asked Ministry of Transportation (MOT) Minister Li...

August 18th, 2017
Ministries Tasked with Liberalizations, IP Protection, and Preferential Tax Policies

Following modest revisions to the Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment (CGFI) in June, China’s State Council on Wednesday announced reform measures to attract additional foreign investment to China. The measures task specific ministries with implementing 22 items important to foreign companies, including increasing penalties for intellectual property rights infringement, offering preferential tax...

August 16th, 2017
By Jake Parker

China’s internet and security regulators are ratcheting up enforcement of virtual private network (VPN) compliance to rein in uncensored access to the internet. In recent letters, state-owned telecommunication companies are beginning to notify companies of internet access requirements and VPN restrictions, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. While the increased regulatory scrutiny does not directly target corporate VPNs used to facilitate company...

August 16th, 2017
By Jake Laband and Juliana Batista

As China urbanizes, and workers move from factories to offices, the construction and operation of buildings will account for a growing share of Chinese cities’ energy consumption and carbon emissions. While the buildings in most cities in China accounted for 20 to 25 percent of municipal energy consumption in 2013, buildings in Beijing, a major business and administrative center, accounted for more than 50 percent of the city’s municipal energy consumption in 2010, a number that...