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UNE signs an agreement in China to boost Spanish exports

UNE signs an agreement in China to boost Spanish exports

04/11/2019

  • The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has signed an agreement with the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China to harmonize standards and eliminate technical barriers to trade, with a view to facilitating trade between Spanish companies and China. 

4 November 2019. The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, has signed an agreement with the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China, SAC, for the harmonisation of standards between both countries with the aim of facilitating exports by Spanish companies to this market.

Through this agreement, the Spanish standardisation body will promote the adoption of international standards ISO and IEC in China and the removal of technical barriers to trade, establishing channels of collaboration between both entities. It will also make available to its Chinese counterpart the catalogue of Spanish standards, consisting of 33,000 standards.

With this initiative, UNE seeks to support Spanish companies and sectors with the highest exportation and internationalisation in China, providing them with access to a market with over 1,395 million consumers. The agreement was signed by the Director General of UNE, Javier García, and by SAC Administrator, Tian Shihong.

This search is a response to the objective of the UNE Strategic Plan to increase the export capacity and internationalization of Spanish companies by supporting the Secretary of State for Trade Action Plan for the Internationalization of the Spanish economy. UNE works in the development of this type of agreements with standardization companies in other countries with the aim of promoting trade.

Technical standards are the language spoken and the key to accessing international markets. In fact, according to the OECD, 80% of products traded globally are subject to standards, thus facilitating the export of goods and services. Of the total catalogue of Spanish standards, 75% have been adopted from European standards, while 35% are also international standards.