A multi-phase approach was utilised:
Phase 1 Discovery
Using China base resources, conduct a desktop evaluation into the NZ, AU, Singaporean and ASEAN FTAs to determine the treatment of the core ingredient chapter headings.
Phase 2 Analyse and inform.
Using projected sales data, build a manufacturing and distribution cost model for the alternative supply paths including an assessment on the ability to conduct local ingredient sourcing.
Phase 3 Develop, test and recommend.
Through direct engagement with Chinese and local country regulatory bodies confirm the validity of the desktop proposition. Confirm the operational parameters relating to cross border selling from Hong Kong to China. Recommend a preferred model for further detailed study.