COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS MARKET UPDATE – GREATER CHINA

General overview

This page includes insights from NZTE's in-market networks (noting these are not all official channels), and advice and links to third-party information that may be of use. Don't forget to check out our sector insights and advice to exporters below – covering retail, e-commerce, restaurants and food service. You'll also find a series of video insights, bought to you by our team on the ground across China.

China is largely operational now, with minimal travel restrictions across the country and many people returning to their workplaces or effectively working from home. We note that international visitors are still subject to visa and quarantine restrictions and China’s supply chains are still disrupted due to the global Covid-19 situation.

It is crucial that exporters to China continue to utilise a range of advice as part of their decision-making processes. We recommend proactive communication with employees and business partners to discuss how your business may be affected. This includes your suppliers, logistics providers, distributors, banks, retailers and e-commerce platforms.

NZTE has established a China-specific advisory service comprising of our China team as well as a panel of external experts. This service is available to any exporters who are experiencing issues.

NZTE customers should contact their New Zealand-based Customer Manager to access this service. If you are not a registered NZTE customer, contact us on 0800 555 888 or email us here.

For more information on doing business in China, visit myNZTE - our free online portal for curated, in-depth information and guidance. 

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2 mins
Last updated: 15 Jun 2020
COVID-19 China Snapshot (vol 7), 17 June

Your weekly snapshot of the China market, this week covering Retail (general & foodservice), Travel (hotel and airline) plus macro economy data.

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20 mins
Last updated: 1 Jun 2020
Impact report: Chinese consumer behaviour changes through COVID-19

A summary of consumer behaviour change across F&B, and natural health and beauty, plus opportunities, threats and recommendations for NZ businesses.

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Market overview - Hong Kong

Most businesses in Hong Kong are open, with previously imposed restrictions gradually being eased. Government workers have returned to work in their respective offices, and businesses are being encouraged to follow the Hong Kong government’s lead.

Food delivery services are still a popular alternative to dining out in Hong Kong, supermarkets are well stocked, and public transport services (MTR, buses, trams, and taxis) are still operating and well-patronised.

Hong Kong's borders with mainland China remain closed, and Hong Kong international airport is closed to transit passengers and non-resident arrivals with some limited exemptions. The Hong Kong government has indicated that restrictions on travellers from mainland China will likely be eased in the near future, for example, with quarantine exemptions given to students who cross the border daily to attend school.

Regular updates and guidance on the response to COVID 19 are provided by the Hong Kong Government – view it here.

Market overview - Taiwan

Taiwan has managed well in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are currently no trade restrictions between New Zealand and Taiwan. As a whole, Taiwan remains 'open for business', but there are notable sea freight challenges and air freight options are particularly narrow.

Most shops and offices remain open and supermarket shelves are well stocked. However, many people are working from home and have significantly reduced levels of social interaction. Most people wear masks in public and many are actively keeping their distance from others. Retail foot traffic is dramatically down and the tourism and hospitality sectors have been hit particularly hard.

For the most up-to-date pandemic controls within Taiwan, please visit the CDC website, and for the latest travel information please visit the Taiwan Bureau of Consular Affairs.  For the current status of events and conferences in Taiwan, please check the Taitra website.


China updates by topic

Sector insights
Economy and trade
Supply chain, logistics & freight
Government support
Travel
Consumer behaviour
Business operations
Tradeshow and event information

Video insights

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Last updated: 1 Jul 2020
COVID-19 Market Realities: Greater China Wine Market, 1 July

NZTE Beachhead Advisor, Simon Zhou, shares insights on how COVID-19 has impacted China’s wine industry, including consumer demands and digital trends.

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4:35
Last updated: 18 Jun 2020
COVID-19 Market Realities: Greater China Digital Marketplace, 19 June

Jessica Miao, Founder and CEO of United Media Solution, discusses the digital changes, trends and opportunities for NZ exporters in China.

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Last updated: 19 May 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Taipei, 12 May

NZTE BDM, Peg Tsai, takes us on a midday tour of Taipei 101. It has been 13 days with 0 cases in Taipei, and people are returning to ‘normal life’.

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2:33
Last updated: 19 May 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Beijing, 12 May

NZTE BDM in Beijing, Joyce Liu, takes us on an afternoon tour to show us how life is resuming in the fashionable Sanlitun area in Beijing.

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1:29
Last updated: 12 May 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Taipei, 6 May

NZTE BDM in Taipei, Peg Tsai, takes us on a midday tour of Taipei 101.

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2:05
Last updated: 12 May 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Hong Kong, 5 May

NZTE BDM in Hong Kong, Calvin Chau, takes us on a tour of some popular spots in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay.

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1:23
Last updated: 12 May 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Chengdu, 5 May

NZTE BDM in Chengdu, Vera Chen, takes us on a tour of Taikoo Li, a famous shopping, dining and entertainment destination for locals and tourists.

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2:23
Last updated: 1 May 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Shanghai, 29 April and 1 May

NZTE BDMs based in Shanghai, Catherine Liu and Celine Wang, take us on two tours of popular Shanghai destinations to show how life is resuming.

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1:08
Last updated: 30 Apr 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Guangzhou, 30 April

NZTE BDM in Guangzhou, Joseph Li, takes us on a late morning tour through a high-end supermarket, and a local restuarant where occupancy is up to 80%.

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Last updated: 29 Apr 2020
Video insights: on the ground in Taipei, 29 April

NZTE BDM in Taipei, Peg Tsai, takes us on a tour of famous landmark, Taipei 101. At the time of filming, it had been 30 days of zero cases in Taiwan.

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Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies

Covid19.govt.nz
COVID-19 helpline for businesses
Business.govt.nz
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Immigration
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand
myNZTE

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.