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Canton Fair--The Largest Trade Show In China

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Canton Fair ProfileChinese Export Commodities Fair, also called Canton Fair, is held twice a year in Spring and Autumn since it was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957. It is China's largest trade fair of the highest level, of the most complete varieties and of the largest attendance and business turnover. Preserving its traditions, the Fair is a comprehensive and multi-functional event of international importance.

Forty-seven Trading Delegations, being composed of thousands of China's best foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with good credibility and sound financial capabilities, take part in the Fair, including foreign trade companies, factories, scientific research institutions, foreign invested enterprises, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, private enterprises, etc.

Besides traditional way of negotiating against samples, the Fair holds Canton Fair online. The Fair leans to export trade, though import business is also done here. Apart from the above-mentioned, various types of business activities such as economic and technical cooperation and exchanges, commodity inspection, insurance, transportation, advertising, consultation, etc. are also carried out in flexible ways. Business people from all over the world are gathering in Guangzhou, exchanging business information and developing friendship.

Time of Initiation

Spring of 1957


two phases a session, two sessions a year

Fair Session

Phase 1: April 15th -20th 
Phase 2: April.25th-30th (Spring)

October (Autumn)
Phase 1: Oct. 15th -20th 
Phase 2: Oct. 25th-30th 


6 days each phase, 2 phases each session

Open Hours

Phase 1:
2002 April 15th -19th 9:30a.m. -7:00p.m.
2002 April 20th 9:30a.m.-12:00at noon

2002 Oct. 15th -19th 9:30a.m. -7:00p.m.
2002 Oct. 20th 9:30a.m.-12:00at noon

Phase 2:
2002 April 25th -29th 9:30a.m. -7:00p.m.
2002 April 30th 9:30a.m.-12:00at noon

2002 Oct. 25th -29th 9:30a.m. -7:00p.m.
2002 Oct. 30th 9:30a.m.-12:00at noon


Chinese Export Commodities Fair Complex  
(117 Liu Hua Road, Guangzhou, China)

Chinese Export Commodities Fair New Complex
 (Xingang Dong Road, Haizhu, Guangzhou, China )

Exhibition Space

140,000M2 each phase

Number of Booths

7,000 each phase


more than 100,000

Number of Visitors

101,382 (the Autumn Session of 2001)

Number of Trading Countries & Regions

176 (the Autumn Session of 2001)

Trade Volume

US$13.367 billion (the Autumn Session of 2001)

Canton Fair ProfileThousands of exhibitors representing Chinese international trade companies and manufacturers will be present. They will exhibit over 100,000 kinds of goods. These goods are of high quality, competitive prices and are often specialties from the various regions in China. They bring new meaning to the phrase "Made in China."

The fair will be held in a complex with an exhibition space of 160,000 square meters. There will be more than five thousand 3-by-3-square-meter booths, all in accordance to international standards. There are six main exhibition halls. The details are as follows:

1. Food, Native Produce and Animal By-products: It features products like foodstuffs, native products, carpet, tobacco, tea, gardening goods, fur and leather, etc.

2. Metals, Minerals and Chemicals:   Includes chemical products, stone carving, machinery, industrial mineral and metal products, agriculture implements, building materials and minerals & metallurgical products ( including construction pottery, porcelain as well as sanitary equipment ).

3. Light industrial Products, Arts and Crafts: Includes ceramics & porcelain, toys, straw and willow plaited products, pearl, gem & jewelry, bone carving and jade carving, special arts and crafts, drawn work and embroideries, footwear and headwear, stationery and sporting goods, clocks, watches and optical, suitcases & bags, household utensils, furniture, merchandise.

4. Textiles and Garments: This section includes textile, silk fabrics, clothes, garments and gray silk. cotton, wool, bast fibber, silk, knitting, dyeing & printing, chemical fiber.

5. Machinery and Electrical Products: Includes electron and household appliance, information products and apparatus, giant machinery equipment, bicycles, motorcycles, automobile and fittings, vehicle and engineering & farm machinery.

6. Pharmaceutical and Health Products: Includes herbs, medicine, health products, medical apparatus and instruments ( including huge, complex types ) .

7. Internet, computer's products: The show is expected to attract more than 100,000 merchants from 170 countries around the world. Most will place orders for goods or seek business partners in China. The business turnover is expected to exceed 15 billion US dollars.


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