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China craves foreign goods; students in Australia supply them

They are estimated to have sent US$600m in Aussie products to China last year

Uki Shao, a business major who describes herself as the "best daigou at my college", shopping at a Chemist Warehouse outlet in Melbourne. Tens of thousands of Chinese who are students at Australian universities or recent graduates have built a cottage industry to meet the demand of consumers in China.


ZHANG Yuan's business started with favours for relatives: an aunt who wanted baby formula, a cousin looking for Ugg boots. She was a college student in Australia and every dollar helped, so she mailed the items back to China and charged a bit of a commission.

But then,...

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