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Chinese spend big on cross-border Internet shopping

Updated: Apr 1,2015 9:42 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese consumers spent more than $1.5 billion in cross-border shopping online in 2014, new data has showed.

The payment value for overseas products rose steadily month on month last year, with November and December (the traditional discount season in Western countries) each seeing over $200 million spent online for overseas products, according to figures released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) on March 31.

As the end of last year, 22 third-party payment services such as Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s Tenpay, were authorized as pilot providers of cross-border payment services. The SAFE authorized such services across the country in January.

“More and more overseas businesses are expanding their reach to the Chinese market. So far, Tenpay’s cross-border payment service has linked up to 1,000 merchants such as U.S.-based eBay and Shilla in the Republic of Korea,” said Hong Taoli, chief inspector of Tenpay’s international business.

Such services are making it increasingly easy for Chinese consumers to shop for overseas products, Hong said.