What is Canton Fair?

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The China Foreign Trade Centre group will organize the Canton Fair 2016 (October, Autumn) or the 120th China Import and Export Fair 2016 (CIEF) on Oct. 15-16, 23-27 and 31-Nov. 4 at the China Import and Export Fair, Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou. The upcoming fair will feature new technology products, such as computers, mobile devices and peripherals specifically on Oct. 15 to 16. It will be joined by leading companies who will release fresh products and patented technologies aside from their flagship designs.

Done every spring and autumn, the Canton Fair has become the most comprehensive trade show with the longest history, the most complete in exhibit variety, the largest scale, the highest level and the widest distribution and has the highest business business turnover. Thanks to the support of its massive visitors and exhibitors.


The fair exhibits more than 150,000 kinds of quality Chinese products as well as commodities with unique features outside the country. Chinese products have a renew rate of more than 40 percent each session, according to ChinaExhibition.com. The fair shows various high quality products with reasonable price.

The Canton Fair started in the spring of 1957 in Guaznghou. It is composed of 48 trading delegations, as well as thousands of foreign trade firms, invested enterprises, private businesses, factories and scientific research institutions that have strong financial capability and good credibility.

The 119th session or the Canton Fair Spring 2016 on April 15 to May 5, 2016 covered an exhibition venue of 1.18 million square meters. It offered 60,233 stands and drew 24,514 local and international enterprises, according to Travel China Guide. The export turnover was about $28.08 billion, while the upcoming 120th session is expected to be more magnificent and promising.

People from the elite business sector visit the fair to communicate and trade in various ways to provide massive chances of commerce. Aside from the typical negotiation with samples, the fair has an online way of trade. It also deals with import trade, technological and economic cooperation and exchange, as well as commodity inspection, transportation, consultation, insurance and advertising.


The upcoming Canton Fair Autumn 2016 will be composed of three phases:

• Phase I on Oct. 15 to 19, 2016 will feature electronics and household electrical appliances, lighting equipment, vehicles and spare parts, machinery, hardware and tools, energy resources, chemical products and building materials. This includes computers, audio-video, computer peripherals and communication products like mobiles, fax machines and other communication facilities.

• Phase II on Oct. 23 to 27, 2016 will focus on consumer goods, home decorations and gifts.

• Phase III on Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2016 will have office supplies, recreation products, cases and bags, food, medicines, medical devices, health product, shoes, textiles and garments.

Those who have an Invitation Card for the fair could apply for a visa to China, register and get a free fair entry badge. Application for the invitation card was before Sept. 30. The Invitation Card are of two kinds, the E-Invitation Card and the Paper Invitation Card.

The E-card is sent by email and a copied one is valid and can be shared by a group of representatives from the same company. The Paper Card, which is also sent through email, is a precondition card for visitors of Canton Fair who are applying for a visa to China. A single invitation card can be shared by three representatives from the same company while a copied one is invalid.