Associations built to further your business interests, be it through networking or personal development events, or meetings with government representatives. Include chambers of commerce.
American Chamber of Commerce, the largest in the Asia Pacific Region, is a non-profit and non-partisan business organization. It aims to strengthen US-China business relations and provides support for its members in the form of resources, support, training programs, policy advocacy and relationship-building opportunities. They have 18 committees that focus on specific sectors and hold over 500 programs annually.
The AHK (or Auslandshandelskammern) is a three-branch structure representing and supporting German-Chinese business relations, focusing on trade and investment. Membership provides access to various professional services and member platforms, including the directory of nearly 3,000 members. It also grants free entry to trainings and events, such as regular Deutscher Stammtischs and the annual German Ball, which attracts around 1,000 attendees every year. The AHK has five main offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and eight additional offices in Greater China and Germany. The Chamber was first established in 1981 with an office in Taipei.
Australian Chamber of Commerce Shanghai supports and advocates for Chinese-Australian business relations. It is the largest Australia Chamber of Commerce in Greater China with about 400 members. Membership grants access to various events and services, visa service, training and other marketing opportunities. They also have a discounted individual membership available for students which offers discounted tickets to attend events.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 24 Working Groups and 7 Fora representing European business in China.
British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai is an independent and non-profit organization that supports the business endeavors of members in the East China Region with a raft of training programs, information, business resources, member-only events and opportunities to expand your network and services.
The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of approximately 200 American companies that do business with China. Founded in 1973, USCBC has provided information, advisory, advocacy, and program services to its members for over four decades. Through its offices in Washington DC, Beijing and Shanghai, USCBC is positioned to serve its members' interests in the United States and China.
African Chamber of Commerce supports business relations between China and African nations. They provide up-to-date information about opportunities for investment, acquisitions and venture capital in Africa. They have a network that includes about 1,500 companies throughout Africa. Membership includes free access to their training and networking events, various services such as visa support and consultation and member discounts. They also have offices in Paris and Pretoria.
French Chamber of Commerce Shanghai supports and promotes French-Chinese business relations. They have a specific website that helps French companies struggling with HR issues and a fast-track for business visas. Headquartered in Beijing, they have branch offices in Guangdong and Hong Kong, and representatives in Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Kunming, Qingdao and Zhuhai.
China-Italy Chamber of Commerce Shanghai is a business organization supporting commerce between China and Italy. They have five branch offices in China: Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Suzhou. The chamber provides training, information and networking opportunities for members, as well as visa support and discounted insurance.
Danish Chamber of Commerce Shanghai is a non-profit business organization supporting Danish-Chinese trade and commerce. They organize regular meetings, promote its member companies, encourage sharing knowledge among members, and provide legislative information and other matters of the Chinese and Danish governments that affect trade between the two countries. It currently has three chapters in China: Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen.
Headquartered in Shanghai, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Shanghai is a member-driven business organization that supports Canadian business and community interests in Eastern China. They provide career development and consultation, referrals and networking opportunities. They have four membership types: individual, corporate, young professional and academy, for those attached to Canadian educational institutes.
Business France is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes French companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location.
Swedish Chamber of Commerce is an organization that advocates bilateral Swedish-Chinese business relationships. It has about 300 member companies and associates. Membership provides three primary benefits: inclusion in the Chamber's network of contacts, preferential access reports and speaker events, and advocacy which includes discounted insurance. They sometimes hold joint events with the Danish Chamber of Commerce.
Benelux Chamber of Commerce is an independent and non-profit organization that supports the business, government and community ties between the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) and China. They offer seminars, social gatherings, events , work groups and company visits, and also offer pre-market entry guidance and matchmaking sessions.
With headquarters in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, the Chamber exists to be the first line of basic consulting for Spanish companies that are interested in accessing the Chinese market. There are five membership types and individuals of any nationality can join.
Italian Trade Agency is the representative office of the Italian Foreign Trade Commission. They provide small and medium-sized Italian businesses with assistance and consulting services relating to trade and investment activities in the East China region.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation is a Russia-based organization with over 180 territorial chambers. Its Shanghai Representative Office can help with entering the Russia and China market by conducting reseach or establishing business contacts.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is a government agency focused on the export business as well as market research and investment, with 50 offices worldwide. They provide customized services for businesses aiming to expand globally, using New Zealand government and business community networks.
Israel Chamber of Commerce in China works closely with the Israeli government to promote Israeli business in China. They hold regular events in Shanghai and Beijing. There are three membership levels and listings for jobs and business opportunities in China and membership cards provide discounts to hotels, spa and other services.
Australian Trade and Investment Commission is an Australian government department that provides events, guidance and networks to help import goods into Australia, or export them to China.
Part of the Philippine Foreign Trade Service Corps, the Trade and Investment Center will introduce you to Philippines-based trading partners.
British Council in China is an international organization specializing in cultural relations and educational opportunities. They have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing as well as an English test center in Nanjing.
Denmark Trade Council China supports Danish companies in Shanghai through initial fact finding and market research as well as partner identification, legal and tax issues.
Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai supports Danish companies interested in exploring opportunities in China and Danish higher education institutions looking to expand or establish activities in China. They are also responsible for Study in Denmark’s Chinese language platform Top Talent Denmark, which promotes study opportunities in Denmark towards Chinese students.
Business Sweden in Shanghai provides strategic advice, sales execution and operational support to Swedish companies hoping to grow sales in China and international companies to invest and expand in Sweden.
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation connects foreign businesses with Malaysian suppliers and trade events. The agency was awarded the ASEAN Master Class Award in ASEAN Development Contribution at the ASEAN Outstanding Business Award (AOBA) 2017.