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eBay Signs Deal to Help Chinese Import to US

eBay announced a deal to help Chinese businesses export their products overseas, revealing it had signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Tianjin Municipal Government designed to further cement eBay China’s reputation as an industry leader in retail exports.

The idea is to continue flooding eBay’s US and European marketplaces with goods from China. In conjunction with the deal, eBay China held a seminar to attract sellers, with more than 400 Chinese participants.

While such moves are good business for eBay’s bottom line, they are not as appealing to domestic sellers in the US and elsewhere who find it difficult to compete with Chinese manufacturers.

In the EcommerceBytes Blog, we take a closer look at some of tools eBay gives sellers in China that aren’t available to US sellers. (See the link below.)

In its announcement this week, eBay explained that Tianjin in Northern China is known for its diverse local industries, including furniture, musical instruments, carpets and bicycles, and called it an emerging online powerhouse thanks to eBay’s continued support.

“Under the new agreement, eBay and Tianjin will work together to develop the city in the areas of ecommerce operations, logistics, innovation, entrepreneurship, financing and talent development.”

John Lin, Vice President and Managing Director of eBay Greater China, said eBay was committed to being the preferred business partner and channel for Chinese businesses to explore and thrive in overseas markets.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.