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A local enterprise in Yiwu produces football for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. [Photo/IC]
China might not have qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, but it nevertheless boasted a presence in the form of a products made in Yiwu, which is commonly dubbed "the world's largest wholesale market".
These products include footballs, jerseys, pillows, trumpets and other derivative products of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Official statistics show that the World Cup derivatives made in Yiwu account for nearly 70 percent of the total.
Among the Yiwu companies involved is Yiwu Mr. Kay Sporting Goods Co Ltd, which has manufactured derivative products for six editions of the World Cup.
This year, the company's export volume of footballs was in excess of 300,000, up 70 percent year-on-year.
Yiwu Customs has set up a green channel for World Cup merchandise and leveraged smart systems to enhance the efficiency of exports.
Digital technology has also helped strengthen the supervision of exported products. For example, 300 footballs emblazoned with "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" were recently seized by customs and identified as counterfeit products.
Due to the World Cup, the city's export value of sporting goods in the Jan-Oct period reached 4.85 billion yuan ($677.96 million), according to Yiwu Customs.