Lots 20-22 Trincity Business District, Zone 6, Trincity was a blaze on Saturday as hundreds of persons visited the First Caribbean Marketing Company (FCMC) compound to catch a glimpse of the 19 Chinese businesses and 7 local exporters showcased while taking advantage of the one-day unrestricted shopping at the main store. This event was kicked off in style the evening before with the conference which allowed the audience to learn of the export and investment opportunities available in both Zhejiang and Trinidad and Tobago. Visitors were later treated to local cuisine and some of Angostura’s premium rums.
Through a partnership with the First Caribbean Marketing Company Limited, the Department of Commerce of the Zhejiang Province, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, exporTT and invesTT, this international fair saw businesses from Zhejiang Province, China and local non-energy manufacturing companies creating a stir that yielded increased brand awareness as well as sales for many companies showcased.
Zhejiang exhibitors and visitors to the fair had the chance to savour the flavours of the sweet and tangy sauces and spicy aromatic seasonings produced by local exporters: RHS Marketing Limited, Habanero Trinidad Peppersauce and Chief Brand Products. Sampling and purchasing sweet treats of chocolate made from fine flavour Trinitario cocoa by Trinidad and Tobago Fine Cocoa Company, Montano’s and SugarCane Rum Cakes was also a highlight of the day.
Angostura’s Chill line of Lemon Lime & Bitters, tangy Blood Orange & Bitters and Sorrel & Bitters was a welcomed feature on the exporTT / InvesTT information desk as it aided in drawing the crowds. Staff from both entities were present to field inquiries and recommend opportunities for trade and investment between China and Trinidad and Tobago as well as the world.
A diverse product portfolio was exhibited by Zhejiang exporters this included but is not limited to disposable tableware, home goods, outdoor equipment, textiles for garments, uniforms, and other apparel, industrial & electrical equipment and tech accessories.
Many were seen leaving with among other things clothes, plants, crockery, office furniture and décor pieces as they made their way out of the compound.
This Trade Fair and conference occurred right on the heels of another visit from principals of the Shanghai-based Global Orient International Company. This company is one of the organisers of the China International Import Expo and has been instrumental in exporTT’s participation in 2021 and 2022. During a short welcome reception at Hyatt Regency Hotel on Wednesday 29th March. At this event, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Trade and Industry confirmed our participation in CIIE 2023.
This group had a packed agenda including Visits to the Chinese Embassy / Shanghai Construction / FCMC / TT Fine Cocoa Company’s factory before leaving on Friday 31st. The activities culminated in the Trade Fair and Exchange on Saturday 1st April 2023.
exporTT looks forward to its continued partnership with Mr. Charles Cheng CEO of First Caribbean Marketing Company Limited (FCMC) and the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago as together we forge deeper trade ties with China and Trinidad & Tobago.