South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is heading to China as the state government forges ahead with plans to open a trade office in Shanghai.
Mr Marshall will attend the Port Adelaide AFL game against the Gold Coast Suns and will also meet business groups over the next few days.
"China is South Australia's biggest export partner, worth more than $2.3 billion, and it is imperative that the state government continues to increase trade and investment links with this key market," Mr Marshall said ahead of his departure on Thursday.
"Our state has a long-standing friendship with China, and the new state government is committed to developing this further to deliver greater mutual benefits.
"We are committed to growing the market in areas such as food, wine and services."
As well as opening a trade office in Shanghai, the government is also pressing ahead with an election commitment to open similar offices in Japan, Malaysia, Dubai and the United States.
However, state parliament was told this week that it could take up to 18 months for the government to get the necessary approvals for the Shanghai mission.
Trade Minister David Ridgway said the government needed to secure a business licence and was working through that process.
"It's not just a matter of turning up and saying we want to open an office and being able to do so," Mr Ridgway said.
"We will need to get our licence and that could take between 12 and 18 months.
"That does present somewhat of a challenge but nevertheless we're up to the challenge."