US companies look forward to next CIIE

Added On November 28, 2019

Dozens of U.S. enterprises have already signed up for next year's China International Import Expo, or CIIE, in Shanghai. 
An expo promoting the event was held in New York on Monday. 
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The CIIE Bureau's deputy director Liu Fuxue told event attendees on Monday that up to 41 U.S. companies have already signed up for the third CIIE and that a number of U.S. businesses have also decided to expand the size of their exhibitions at the event. 
Gu Chunfang, a counselor with the Economic and Commercial Office of China's Consulate General in New York, said the numbers show that business ties between China and the United States can't be severed even during this hard time for bilateral trade relations. 
There's a reason why U.S. firms want to attend the annual import promotion event. U.S. exhibitors were given the biggest national exhibition area this year. They also secured almost 13 billion U.S. dollars worth of preliminary deals, around 20 percent of the total. 
Aramark Corporation's associate vice president called the event a positive experience. The U.S.-based food services provider recently signed an exhibition agreement with the CIIE Bureau.
SOUNBITE(English)JEFF ZETTEL, Associate Vice President, Aramark Corporation
"We're looking to continue to make new relationships, to make new friends and to identify new opportunities to grow our business. Aramark now has about 35,000 employees in China and its Chinese arm is a very important part of the group."