South China Supplies World
With Christmas Items

Shenzhen is now the world's largest manufacturing base and export center of Christmas-related products, with an annual export volume of over US$2 billion, according to an official with the city's Foreign Economic and Trade Bureau.

Statistics show that the United States is now the largest consumer of Shenzhen's holiday items, such as artificial trees and tree trimmings, cards, and toys, which bring to the city an annual export volume of over US$300 million.

Among the various products exported to the United States, Christmas trees alone reached an export volume of more than US$100 million per year, according to the statistics.

In recent years, seven out of the 10 Christmas trees purchased by Americans were made in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. The Christmas trees sold at chain stores of Wal-Mart,the world's largest retailer, are all supplied by Shenzhen manufacturers, according to the statistics.

The White House in Washington D.C. has also used Christmas trees made at a particular processing plant of Shenzhen for many years, said the official.

Other Shenzhen-made Christmas products, including stuffed Santas and other Christmas characters, cards and ornaments, are also very popular in overseas markets, including Europe and Australia.

Shenzhen now has about 300 enterprises producing Christmas items, of which 20 specialize in making artificial Christmas trees.

An increasing number of Hong Kong and Taiwan manufacturers haveopened production lines in Shenzhen.

Many enterprises of Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) engaged in making Christmas products are also vying to set up subsidiary companies here.

( December 18, 2001)

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