With the rise of China’s affluent middle class, a lucrative cross-border e-commerce market worth hundreds of billions of yuan has popped up to satisfy the growing demand for foreign luxury items. Independent traveling shopping agents who sell goods on social media platforms such as WeChat have found a niche. But in August 2018, China passed new laws to regulate e-commerce – with significant effects on the cross-border market. Op-ed writer Lu Nan’s piece on Huxiu.com traces the developments and dissects the role this informal economy has served in Chinese society.
About the Author
Lu Nan is an op-ed columnist on Huxiu.com, covering the latest on e-commerce, pop-culture and social commentary.