Gateway to Chinese e-commerce

New Zealand producers have the opportunity to get a foot in the door with China's rapidly growing e-commerce market next week.

China's giant business to consumer website will hold workshops in New Zealand to find new suppliers. is owned by Alibaba Group.

New Zealand Post, which is suffering from falling mail volumes, is eyeing the deal as a way to boost its parcel delivery business.

The Chinese online giant is said to have as many transactions as eBay and Amazon together. It is also planning to list on the New York stock exchange.

Workshops will be held in Auckland on Tuesday, Wellington on Wednesday and Christchurch on Friday.

The visit has been organised by the New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) and New Zealand Post which is working with e-commerce platforms to provide a gateway for New Zealand businesses to access China's online consumer market.

Fairfax Media