In 2018 China was by far the biggest buyer of the Polish goods in terms of value. China however occupied distant places among the top 10 Polish export Asian destinations in terms of the export dynamics, exports per capita and propensity to purchase Polish goods. Imports from Poland were much more attractive for Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai or Malaysian buyers than for the Chinese. Lower relative attractiveness of Polish goods in the Chinese market in comparison to other Asian markets is not a new phenomena and it draws several conclusions.
The decoupling from China and alignment with US has been already a fact for more than a year.The growing rivalry between China and United States with Washington pressing its allies to align more closely their actions with the White House foreign policy will further draw Poland from Beijing, at least for several months. The economic cooperation with China will likely to be one of the victims of the Polish foreign policy. Read More …
Costly and time consuming process of cosmetics registration combined with the requirement to conduct tests on animals were the main obstacles discouraging Polish cosmetic companies to enter Chinese market. Cross border e-commerce has created the great opportunity for Polish cosmetic industry to build the presence among Chinese consumers. Some brands such as Ziaja used this opportunity and Polish cosmetics e-commerce export to China started to take off. The new regulatory framework that had been established in 2016 and was planned to come into force on January 1st 2019 would significantly limit the window of opportunity to sell cosmetic trough the Chinese cross border e-commerce platforms. Fortunately the last minute changes of the regulatory framework implemented in the end of November seem to reverse the earlier changes and leave the channel of Chinese CBEC open for Polish cosmetics. However as the regulatory framework in China and rules interpretation is subject to dynamic changes Polish cosmetic companies wishing to offer their products directly to Chinese consumers will have to adopt more flexible approach and also use alternative channels to offer their products to the Chinese customers.
In the recent two years the imports of Chinese pharmaceutical products to Poland have recorded dramatic increase. The game changer in 2017 and 2018 was the dramatic increase in imports of medicaments. They marginalized the first aid kits as well as medical and pharmaceutical accessories, that had dominated the imports structure before. Growth of China’s pharmaceutical industry, rising exports and difficulties, that foreign companies face in the Chinese market increase the challenges for Polish pharmaceutical companies wishing to enter China. Those factors resulted in the increase of Poland’s trade deficit with China in pharmaceuticals in general and medicaments in particular. Pharmaceutical industry is promoted by the Polish government as one of champions of the Polish export. The sharp rise in both amount and quantity as well as a new structure of the pharmaceuticals imports from China is however important signal how the trade exchange between China and Poland has changed in recent years and how the China’s domestic industrial policies impact Poland as China’s trading partner.