E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Courts Canadian Sellers to its Platform

Financial Post

E-commerce giant Alibaba is increasing its drive to enlist Canadian businesses to sell into China’s US$5 trillion retail market.

The Chinese online marketplace and its billionaire founder Jack Ma will host a ‘Gateway Canada’ business summit in Toronto on Sept. 25, aiming to encourage small-to medium sized businesses in areas such as consumer products, seafood, agriculture and tourism to offer their wares to Alibaba’s more than half a billion Chinese customers.

The move follows the Amazon rival’s launch of a Canadian “pavilion” on its T-mall e-commerce platform during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s G20 visit to China last September, and a growing demand in China for products such as Canadian lobster and cherries.

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