Jersey minister pins hopes on China goods export

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Image caption Low Value Consignment Relief allowed Channel Island companies to sell some goods to the UK without VAT

The economic development minister hopes Chinese companies exporting goods to the UK and Europe will open businesses in Jersey.

A delegation from the island is going to China next week to explain how using Jersey could work.

Orders placed online with Chinese companies often take longer to reach customers in the UK and Europe.

Senator Alan Maclean said Jersey could deal with those orders so they reach their destination much more quickly.

The minister is leading the group that is going to the Far East next week, using the new Locate Jersey department to explain how Chinese investors and businesses can operate from here.

Jersey Post and Indigo Lighthouse, who are both involved in the online mail order industry, are going too.

Although the lower priced market Jersey had been operating has changed since the UK removed relief from VAT, the island wants to use those services in a new market.

A number of businesses in Hong Kong and China already said they were interested.

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