The Canton Fair, also known as the China Import Export Fair and one of the largest trade shows in the world, is with us once again. This huge exhibition is a must-attend event on the yearly calendar for every professional buyer looking to source products for his or her business or project.
The Fair takes places in Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton) in the PRC, in Spring and Autumn each year and is held in 3 phases, Phase I, II & III, beginning mid-October. In the upcoming Autumn Session, Phase I will start October 15, 2018. Following is a brief introduction to the Fair and what visitors can expect at this very exciting event.
Dates, Opening Hours & Product Categories
Phase I October 15-19 (Mon - Fri)
- Product Categories: Building Materials, Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances, Hardware & Tools, Lighting Equipment
- Other: Chemical Products, Machinery, Vehicles & Spare Parts
Phase II October 23-27 (Tues - Sat)
- Product Categories: Consumer Products, Home Decorations
- Other: Gifts
Phase III October 31- November 04 (Wed-Sun)
- Other: Cases & Bags, Medical Devices, and Health Products, Office Supplies, Recreation Products, Shoes, Textiles & Garments
- 09:30-18:00 each day during that phase
- Guangzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center (Canton Fair Complex)
- 380 Yuejiang Zhong Road, Pazhou District, Guangzhou
The Canton Fair complex is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens
Outlook For the 2018 Autumn Session
With the increase in countries and regions joining China's global 'One Belt, One Road' initiative, this session's Fair is expected to see an impressive level of foreign participation as more and more companies from these locations take part in the event. At the press conference held for the Fair opening, Xu Bing, Deputy Director of the China Foreign Trade Center, organizers of the Fair, said that this year's Autumn session will feature 12,125 branded sales booths and 47,522 general sales booths, representing 20% and 80% of the total number of outlets respectively. Once again, exhibition zones for imported brands selling to the local market will also be set up during Phase I and Phase III. This dedicated zone will cover a floor area of 20,000 square and be divided into six product areas featuring 998 outlets. A total of 636 foreign companies from 34 countries and regions will be exhibiting. There will also be 10 national and regional pavilions on display. The total attendance figure is expected to be similar to the last session.
Fair attendees can browse through the thousands of products on display in the Fair's huge exhibition halls.
Visitors at the Lesso Home booth
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Don’t forget Lesso Home’s guide to sourcing successfully at the Canton Fair is available to registered members through our website. To get the guide all you need to do is sign in to your account, go to the download link and download the file. Signing up is free!
We also invite you to visit us at the Lesso Home booth (T19-20) where we’ll be happy to talk about what we can do to help you source the products you need for your business.