The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) is calling for easing the entry of skilled personnel to help customers in China set up new machinery. The current rules are a serious obstacle to business and give an advantage to domestic suppliers, the association complains. The necessary “ministerial permission” to enter the country is hard to come by, says Ulrich Ackermann, head of foreign trade at VDMA. He is referring to the letter of invitation from the provincial government or other responsible authorities, which has been a prerequisite for the issuance of visas since the beginning of the pandemic. Vaccination with Western vaccines is reportedly not recognized so far.
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