Canton Fair Exhibitors, Dates and Visitors Guide

By: Tong Sema

The Canton Fair has seen great growth over the years and has gradually increased its number of commodities available for export. Today there are over 100,000 kinds or products. There are also many new quality products from various parts of the country that stem from the adaptation of advanced technology.
In order to encourage the export of more high-graded products or high valued-added products, in which there are machinery and electronic products, the Guangzhou Trade Fair has opened a Special Exhibition Section, which is mainly for high products display.
In the early days of the Guangzhou Trade Fair, guests came from only a handful of countries and regions in Asia. Today, as the Fair has become more popular and successful, an increasing number of people from many countries and regions are showing up. Figures show that more than 80,000 foreign business people have visited each session of the Fair. Up till the 86th Session, the Fair had done an aggregated export business of US$ 263 billion.
Because of the growth, since Spring 2006, the Fair began became divided into two six-day sessions. The first session will cover exhibits of 7 categories of commodities in 18 exhibition zones; the second will feature 3 categories of goods in 16 exhibition zones. The third session: 5 categories of goods in 17 exhibition zones. Domestic traders will use the four-day break between the two events to re-organize the exhibition halls and display their products once again.
Since fall 2008, the fair began became divided into three five-day sessions.
From fall 2009, there will be 3-day break between sessions.
Sections information for the coming Canton Fair
The first part of the fair will focus on industrial raw materials, electronics, machine tools, textiles, garments, food, medicine and health products, while the second will display light industrial products, arts and crafts, gifts, office articles and materials for interior decorating.
The old Canton Fair Exhibition Center called Liuhua Complex has been replaced by the new Canton Fair Exhibition Center called Pazhou Complex since its retirement in October 2008.
There are over 200 star-class hotels in Guangzhou including most of new hotels locating in the Tianhe District, the city center, which is close to the new canton fair center.
The currency in Guangzhou is Chinese Yen (CNY) or RenMinBi (RMB 6.83 to US$ 1). More than 30 international airlines and regional airlines flying to over 100 cities at home and abroad are provided by the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
If you would like to attend the Fair, a Visitors Card will be needed which should be stamped and confirmed upon registration at Gate 1 of the Fair Complex before fair visitors visit the Fair. Anther need before visiting the Fair is to get registered. Confirmed Visited Cards will be the need for access to the Fair. Documents including Invitation Card extended by the Fair, Personal papers (passport, H.K./Macao I.D. Card or Residence Permit, Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, or a Chinese passport with at least one-year foreign visa) Business Card, and a most recent personal photo. (5cmx4cm) will be required at registration.
The Canton Fair or as it is now called he China Import and Export Fair plays an important role and should continue to grow with enormous speed since its beginning in 1957.

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