A delegation from the Chinese city of Chengdu is visiting Atlanta to explore the U.S. market and learn how to bring American brands to their city of 11 million people.

The Chengdu Retail Industry Association is leading the 10-member group on a trip across the U.S. Representatives from the association and four companies arrived April 3 after visiting New York and Washington.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC‘s Atlanta office hosted a reception for the group, which will head to Los Angeles after their two-day stop in Georgia.

“They’re very, very interested in the retail industry here, particularly learning about how they can get name-brand merchandise to China” where it brings high profit margins, said Jian Ni, president of the Chinese Business Association of Atlanta, which helped host the group. 

A commercial officer from the U.S. consulate general in Chengdu also is on the trip.

Chinese appetite for foreign goods is growing along with its middle class. Chengdu is a major economic and cultural hub in southwestern China. It is home to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, with which Zoo Atlanta has a partnership.

To contact the delegation, call Mr. Ni at (404) 519-3889.

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