OAKLAND (KCBS) – The increasingly gourmet tastes of China’s upwardly mobile population are an opportunity for Oakland to grow more business at the only U.S. port that already exports as much as it imports, Mayor Jean Quan said Friday.

“We’re really excited that the Chinese, as their economy improves, is (sic) starting to buy wines, organic foods, other products from California and a lot of them come through the Port of Oakland,” she said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Quan set off Friday with 11 other port executives and city officials to a country that granted her unexpected celebrity when she became the first Chinese American elected as mayor of a major U.S. city.

The 6-day trade mission includes stops in Beijing, Shenzen and Hong Kong to meet with big investment groups.

The mayor said she would emphasize planned infrastructure upgrades that will let the port better exploit its proximity to Central Valley farmland.

“Some of the Chinese are interested in exporting more food,” Quan said.

To that end, shipping companies have sought more dockside cold storage facilities for agricultural products; construction, Quan said, often involved too much paperwork.

The Hong Kong stop will include a stop at a Hong Kong bar set up by a consortium of East Bay wineries to sell California wine.

Quan’s agenda also includes promoting tourism in San Francisco and wine country. She wants to establish a direct flight route between China and Oakland International Airport.

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Comments (4)
  1. Miguel Silva says:

    I wonder if Ms Quan realizes that all goods that arrive or depart the Port of Oakland require trucking. ms Quan needs to make sure trucks will be available to move goods in Oakland before she sells Oakland as a Port of choice. The Air Resources Board has unfairly targeted the drayge trucking industry to be their scapegoat for cleaning the air. 4400 trucks out of 5400 are being forced out of service by Dec 2013, Truck owners are being made to replace their truck for new ones. A monumental undertaking that most likely put all these truck owners out of business.

    At the same time Sandre Swanson is pushing legislation AB950 to force all independent owner operators to cease being small businesses and to give up their choice to be self employed and join the millions of unemployed looking for work as employees in order to help the Teamsters pick up some new members.

    Both issues will devastate the trucking industry in Oakalmd, most importantly these issues will devastate people’s lives.

    Ms Quan needs to fix her own backyard. Look out for her people at home. And make sure she offers a strong Port system before making a fool of herself offering services that Oakland will not be equipt to fulfill.

  2. Laowaiblog says:

    This is a great opportunity for the U.S – Sino relations. improving the relations between any US city and China is good, because it helps to defuse tensions and both parties benefit from the relationship.


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