BUENOS AIRES, March 14 (Xinhua) -- As the business ties between China and Argentina get closer, not only agricultural tycoons, but also small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in the South American country eye their business opportunities in the world second largest economy.
It is indicated in the DHL shipping lists that the containers exported from Argentina to China witnessed significant growth in the past five years, most of which however, were driven by SMEs.
The international logistic giant has thus launched a new website, headlined as DHL BUSINESS CHINA, to specially serve increasing Argentine SMEs who have itch to try their fortune in the biggest emerging market.
China and Argentina are far from each other, but the geographic distance does not stop the paces of the "Argentine-Made" moving towards the opposite side of the earth.
EXQUISITE POLO BOOTS
Fernandez, who just concluded a business tour in China, found the Asian country with the world largest population no longer a shoes factory, but a major high-grade leather products consumer.
Sniffing huge opportunities, the owner of two leather workshops in suburb Buenos Aires decides to restructure his business as China restructures its economy.
"Sources for vintage leather are limited, even in Argentina, so we need to make full use of them," Fernandez said.
"Since the demand for high-grade leather products is increasing rapidly in Chinese market, why don't we sell ready-to-wear shoes to Chinese customers directly, rather than supply raw leather to shoe makers?" he added.
Vintage leather produced in Argentina is widely used in world famous limousines and luxurious clothes, according to Fernandez. He is confident that shoes made in his country will successfully feed the Chinese high-end market.
Fernandez is right and what he plans to do is right what his peers are doing.
Another Argentine businessman Horacio Moschetto realized business fortune in selling shoes even back to 2011. In that year, he exported some 20,000 pairs of leather shoes to China, half of which are sneakers, and the other, polo boots.
"Polo has just getting started in China, yet some fine polo clubs and polo matches have been launched. While few Chinese factories produce polo-related sports gear, Argentine products can fill the gap.That's why I plan to double the output of polo boots next year," Moschetto said.
For a long time, Argentine agricultural tycoons have been well benefit from the Chinese market. In 2011, for example, agricultural products, mainly soybean, accounted for more than two thirds the country's exports to China.
However, as the two countries continue to strengthen their business ties, varied higher value-added Argentine agricultural products, mostly from SMEs, also appear in the Chinese market.
Capilla del Señor, an Argentine cheese producer, made its first export to China in 2014. This breakthrough was eyed as "the most important milestone in the factory's history" by its owner Álvaro Ugartemendía.
Ugartemendía initiated the business just five years ago, but now the factory has grown into joint venture among his family members which produces 10,000 tons of cheese every day, two thirds of which feeds the foreign market.
"Our targeting markets were Chile, Brazil and South Korea, but now we come to China," Ugartemendía said.
He attributes his success in entering the Chinese market to a series of agreements on import and export of agricultural products which were signed by the two government years ago.
The businessman has been to China for four times and also participated in a number of cheese exhibitions in the country. After comprehensive market research, he believes his business potential in China is huge.
"Chinese customers will get to know the delicious Argentine cheese through our products, and then they will like it," he said.
Talking about the next step of his business, an optimistic Ugartemendía said in light of a growing Chinese market, he is considering to double the factory's producing capacity.
FASHIN DESIGN & ONLINE GAMES
Fashion designer Analía Tayar and Maia Woelflin created a new clothing brand Jasy Guazú in Argentina years ago. Last summer, Tayar joint an Argentine business delegation to China, where the 26 year old started her "China story".
During her visit, Tayar met the owner of an established Chinese clothing factory, who also operates a number of chain stores. In order to enrich his team with designer from different culture, the Chinese businessman asked Tayar to join them.
The young Argentine fashion designer accepted the invite and right after the visit, two opportunities were waiting for her. One is to design clothes for the next season and the other, to sell clothes of her own brand in Chinese chain stores.
Not only Tayar, but some Argentine software developers among the business delegation also made their fortune and started business with China.
Federico Bricker, founder of a online game company Dokko Group in Argentina, signed a contract with a Chinese partner to sell mobile games during the visit.
"We tried to cooperate with Chinese companies to develop new games together, but we were turned down because there are so many software talents in China that they don't' need us. However, they offered to help us sell already-developed games to China," Bricker said.
"Now that the huge market of China is open to us, it is our turn to make full use of it," the 30-year-old added.