Shanghai welcomes first foreign trade delegation

German executives’ arrival marks reopening of trade visits since coronavirus lockdown

by Nadeem Xu
Shanghai welcomes first foreign trade delegation
Welcome back: Shanghai’s Pudong airport. Photo: Handout

(ATF) A charter flight carrying German company executives and their families arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Thursday, the first since the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

The flight carrying more than 200 delegates was organised by the German Chamber of Commerce in China.

The passengers underwent medical checks before departure and will undergo a 14-day quarantine after arriving in China, according to the chamber.

There are more than 5,200 German companies in China that employ in excess of a million people.

Pan Hua, chief representative of the Hamburg Liaison Office China, told Xinhua that bringing German employees to China on a charter flight can help maintain the stability of global supply chains.

Last week, the first business charter flight organized by the chamber arrived in north China's port city of Tianjin.