New Website Aims To Make Chinese/U.S. Trade Easier

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), announced Monday the launch of a Standards Portal.

According to surveys by the U.S.-China Business Council, standardization issues were sixth in the top ten concerns of U.S. companies doing business with China.

“The Standards Portal demonstrates a commitment by our three organizations to foster cross-border trade between the U.S. and China and to promote the ongoing importance of trade development through mutual information exchange and cooperation,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO.

The Standards Portal was designed for industry stakeholders and policy officials and contains materials on structure, history and operation of the U.S. and Chinese standards systems in both English and Mandarin. It also has a database of 2,000 standards, 1,000 from each country, and access to 300,000 other national, regional and international standards and guidelines.

A matching grant from the NIST providing funding for the Standards Portal.

“This resource supports one of the Commerce Department’s key trade initiatives, helping U.S. exporters to familiarize themselves with Chinese technical requirements and commonly used standards, and to gain market access to one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” explained NIST Director William Jeffrey.

The address for the Standards Portal, which ANSI and SAC will update as necessary, is http://www.StandardsPortal.org

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