Samoan Artesian Water in China

Samoan Artesian Water in China
From left: First Secretary Louis Ofele Lene (Samoa Embassy, Beijing); Jeremy Bardsley (General Manager of Pacific Water Company); Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi; Ambassador Tapusalaia Terry Toomata (Samoa Embassy, Beijing).

Beijing, China (Samoa Embassy) – A Samoa based exporter of water, Pacific Water Company (PWC) Ltd, has begun its expedition on breaking into Asia’s biggest market, China.  PWC, the producer and exporter ofSamoa Artesian Water,  participated in the 4th China High-End Bottled Water Trade 2011 that was held in Shanghai from 27th to 29th April 2011.  The trade show was held at the Everbright Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Over 100 companies from China and around the world participated in the exhibition. PWC was the only company from the Pacific Islands to attend.  Other  companies from the Asia-Pacific region included  those from New Zealand (NZ), Taiwan and other neighboring Asian countries.

The participation of the Pacific Water Company was organized and facilitated by the Samoa Embassy in China with the aim of successfully exporting water to China. PWC is currently exporting to NZ, Australia, USA and Canada and is now moving to penetrate the Asian market.

Samoa Artesian Water has a huge potential to enter the Chinese market successfully. There is currently a niche market for high quality water like Samoa Artesian Water as there are very few imported water products in China.

Samoa, as a dedicated partner of China, was granted duty free tariffs to 95% of its exports on a gradual basis whereby 60% of its commodities are currently granted duty free entry since July 2010 and will eventually be extended to 95% of Samoa’s exports within a 3 year period.  Under this scheme, bottled water is imported into China duty-free.

The arrangement is China’s special preferential treatment for 33 LDCs who have diplomatic relations with China including Samoa. Other local commodities with great potential for export under this treatment include noni juice, honey and kava.

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