The China import and export fair, widely known as the Canton Trade Fair, due to the name of the city it is being held, is the biggest trade fair in the world. Since 1957, the Canton Trade Fair has taken place for 60 years. It takes place 2 times a year, in April (Spring section) and October (autumn section). Each Canton Trade Fair has 3 phases. The area of the fair is 1,180,000 m2, with more than 20,000 stands in each phase. Around 200,000 visitors from more than 200 countries attend the trade fair each time.
1st phase (15-19 Apr / Oct): Electronics and household electrical appliances, lighting equipment, vehicles and spare parts, machinery, hardware and tools, building materials, chemical products and energy resources.
2nd phase (23-27 Apr / Oct): Kitchenware and tableware, household items, personal care products, toiletries, pet products and food, toys, gifts and premiums, festival products, home decorations, furniture.
3rd phase (1 - 5 May / 31 Oct - 4 Nov): Textiles and garments, shoes, office supplies, cases and bags, sports, travel and recreation products, medicines, health products and medical devices, food.
We can help you plan your trip, organise translator, reserve hotels and organise transport. To send you the proposal and quotation, we need to know:
Which phase of the Canton Fair do you want to attend?
How many people are traveling?
How many single and double bed room do you need?
Do you want to stay in 3*, 4* or 5* hotel?
Important advice before visiting the Canton Fair:
It is not a good idea to attend more than 1 phase of the Canton Fair because the Canton Fair is HUGE. You will lose a lot of time and money (the hotels are expensive during the Canton Trade Fair, even for 3* hotels) if you do not find the products you need in the trade fair. It is better to focus on what you need and visit the phase of the fair which has it.
With our experience, 3 - 4 days visiting the Canton Fair is enough. Moreover, the exhibitors start to pack on the last day of each phrase of the Fair, therefore you will not see many products in the last day of the fair either.
It is not a good idea to bring your children to the Canton Fair. The fair is HUGE. Even adults feel tired walking in this biggest trade fair in the world, not to mention children.
Please wear comfortable shoes to the fair since you will walk a lot.
You will take a lot of catalogues of different products in the Canton Fair, they are heavy. It is recomended to bring an empty suitcase with you to the fair to carry all catalogues you will get from the fair.
You will need a lot of business cards to exchange them to people from different factories. (We can help you print your business cards before your arrival. )
If it is your first time visiting the Canton Trade Fair, you can apply for the entry pass at the entrance of the fair. You need to prepare RMB 200 (USD 30), one photo (You can take photo at the entrance, it costs USD 10) and your business card. You may use the same entry pass for all Canton Trade Fair in the future.