Belledune, NB – Two Belledune Port Authority (BPA) representatives, Rayburn Doucett, President & CEO and Jenna Doucet, Director of Marketing, joined Minister Victor Boudreau and a delegation of New Brunswick companies on a trade mission to China from January 23, 2010 to January 31, 2010.
The BPA had the opportunity to do formal presentations twice during the trade mission, in Beijing and Shenzhen. The presentation was delivered to a group of Chinese business people and investors from a wide range of sectors including transportation, energy, infrastructure, shipping etc. Jenna Doucet delivered the presentations; the presentations were based on giving information about the Port of Belledune to create awareness and strengthen the Port of Belledune’s identity.
“The presentation was both exciting and a great experience in many ways. This was the first time I presented with a translator which created a new dynamic and a new challenge,” says Jenna Doucet, “I stressed Belledune’s location and the advantages of the port including the amount of available land surrounding the port; the exceptional stevedoring and handling capacity; the rail and highway systems; and most of all the flexibility of the Port.”
In late 2009 China emerged as New Brunswick’s third largest market, with more than $105 million in exports shipped from January to October of that year, including nearly $80 million in zinc, $7.5 million in pulp products and $5 million in seafood products. This represented an increase of more than $60 million in exports to China compared to 2006.
“In 2009 over 104,000 dry metric tonnes of zinc concentrate and 88,000 dry metric tonnes of bulk concentrate was shipped through the Port of Belledune destined for China,” says Jenna Doucet “this was a great opportunity to put the Port of Belledune and New Brunswick in the spot light and show what we can do and what we are already doing. The Chinese market is very important due to its continued, fast growth and ambitious targets; the Port of Belledune wants to be part of this growth as China begins to move some new products into Canada and the USA.”
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For more information contact:
Jenna Doucet, Director of Marketing