FROM Peking ducks to education, Tasmanian exporters have shown keen interest in taking advantage of an initiative that would showcase their products in Shanghai.
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has partnered with the New South Wales Business Chamber and state government to encourage businesses to tap into the Chinese market.
Launched in Hobart yesterday, TCCI chairwoman Susan Parr said Export Growth China offered businesses advice and assistance on reaching markets and winning contracts.
"We saw businesses I didn't even know existed in Tasmania," Ms Parr said.
"We had people who sell water, salmon heads, truffles - to a major private school," she said.
Ms Parr said one duck farmer wanted to expand his exports throughout China.
"It's like you pulled the cork out of something that had been bubbling along, not knowing where it could go, and now it does," she said.
The program allows businesses to display their products at a showroom in Shanghai for six months, and the opportunity of a two-month road show.
Ms Parr said if exporters were to go it alone, they would have to fork out up to $30,000 for just a few days in a showroom.
The program offers a subsidised price of $4500.
"People were running away ready to sign the application form," she said.
Ms Parr said the interest stemmed from the TasInvest forum held in November last year and the visit of the Chinese President.
Later this month, Premier Will Hodgman will leave on a trade mission to several Chinese cities to meet investors and officials.