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  • Dec 27, 2014
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Canton Fair

China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn. The exhibition, which has been held every year since 1957, is the largest of its kind in China in terms of scale, variety, distribution of overseas buyers and business turnover.   

Canton Fair points to dim outlook for China exports

The number of buyers at the Canton Fair was down 1.07 per cent from the spring session, with those from Africa falling 13.77 per cent due to the Ebola virus. Photo: Xinhua

Export transactions at the autumn session of the Canton Fair, China's largest trade fair, dropped 6.1 per cent compared with the spring session this year to US$29.16 billion, the second-lowest transaction value since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Wednesday, 5 November, 2014, 6:19am

Canton Fair sees strong demand from exporters

The Canton Fair opens today, with 24,751 exhibitors promoting their products in halls over an area of 1.18 million sq metres. Photo: Xinhua

The number of exhibitors at the mainland's largest trade fair has increased for the second consecutive time this year, but organisers remain cautious about the outlook for international trade.

15 Oct 2014 - 5:11am

Cheaper yuan attracts Canton Fair buyers, but exporters won't count on it

An exhibitor shows off a robot at the Canton Fair, which has seen more interest from overseas buyers due to yuan depreciation. Photo: Xinhua

Olu Adeleke sees the coming weeks as a golden opportunity to shop in China, now that the yuan's protracted appreciation seems to have reversed in the past two months.

19 Apr 2014 - 12:40am 14 comments

Higher quality trumps higher prices at Canton Fair

Technology is on the move at the Canton Fair with these eye-catching motorised scooters from Dongguan Robstep Robot. Photo: Denise Tsang

Nikola Cubrilo settles for a higher price for a set of bathroom shower hoses at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, satisfied with the marked improvement in the product he used to source in the past few years.

18 Apr 2014 - 1:51am

Higher quality trumps higher prices at Canton Fair

Bathroom fittings firm Yekalon Industry has transformed itself from a low-cost producer into a vertically integrated supplier of products and services. Photo: Denise Tsang

Nikola Cubrilo settles for a higher price for a set of bathroom water hoses at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, satisfied with the marked improvement in the product he used to source in the past few years.

17 Apr 2014 - 1:36pm

Dongguan firm shows off its answer to the Segway

An eye-catching demonstration of Robstep's products at the Canton Fair. Photo: Denise Tsang

Three long-haired teenage models in colourful hot pants and tight tops glided freely along the carpeted runway on motorised scooters while flashes popped as hundreds of men took their pictures.

18 Apr 2014 - 12:48am 4 comments

Hong Kong still favoured by global merchandisers

Hong Kong still favoured by global merchandisers

Hong Kong is still attractive to global merchandisers despite escalating costs, the Trade Development Council said.

7 May 2013 - 3:56am

Canton Fair spring session ends with 9pc rise in orders over October

The 113th Canton Fair attracted nearly 203,000 visitors from 211 countries and jurisdictions. Photo: Xinhua

Speaking at the closing press conference, Liu Jianjun, the fair's spokesman and deputy director general of the China Foreign Trade Centre, said the 113th session of the fair, officially known as the China Import and Export Fair, attracted nearly 203,000 visitors from 211 countries and jurisdictions.

6 May 2013 - 11:00pm

Wrong place, wrong time, false sales hopes

Buyers browse wares at the 113th Canton Fair. Photo: Xinhua

Kawamura Electric and Nitto Kogyo, two of Japan's largest electrical appliance makers focusing on the Japanese market, were the only Japanese presence among the 24,840 exhibitors at the fair. That compared to the 17 Japanese exhibitors that attended the fair's autumn session last year.

20 Apr 2013 - 5:35am

Online trade challenges but the showcase goes on

Some say the Canton Fair's appeal is fading, but interest from emerging economies is rising. Photo: Xinhua

While some visitors to the Canton Fair say online trading platforms and rising costs on the mainland are taking the shine off Guangzhou's oldest trade event, others maintain it still has an edge as a source for products.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:08am

Amid a sea of troubles, Canton Fair is still the best show in town

Buyers browse wares at the 113th Canton Fair. Photo: Xinhua

The spring session of the twice-yearly Canton Fair opened yesterday with officials talking up efforts to boost slackening exports.

Some overseas buyers attending China's oldest and largest trade expo remained cautious about China's surging labour costs, but were generally optimistic about the country's export prospects.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Fewer deals and visitors flag grim year for exports

China's largest trade fair, Canton Fair serves as the barometer indicating China's export situation. Photo: Xinhua

The biggest trade fair on the mainland ended with disappointing results yesterday.

There was a significant drop in the number of international buyers and deals done, painting a grim picture for exports in the coming year.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Canton Fair not all gloom and doom

A mosaic image of Marilyn Monroe on display at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou. The mood of the fair activities is mixed. Photo: NYT

His factory has been robbed, he cannot move around in public without armed guards, and the business climate couldn't be more alien. Yet, Zheng Yongjiang believes that moving some of his production lines to Angola is one of the smartest things he ever did.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:33am

Economic woes dampen Canton Fair opening

A buyer talks to a washing machine exhibitor at the Canton Fair yesterday. Activity was down due to global economic problems and a China-Japan territorial row. Photo: Xinhua

It was a hot late-summer day in Guangzhou yesterday but some traders might have felt the chill from the global economy on the opening day of the Canton Fair.

Some domestic exporters are worried that a possible drop in the number of buyers this year will add to the difficulties in an already hard year, particularly as demand from Europe refuses to pick up.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

Diaoyu dispute to hurt Japan attendance at Canton Fair

A working staff carries materials for the preparation of the 112th China Import and Export Fair, or Canton Fair, in Guangzhou.

The lingering territorial dispute between China and Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea is set to deal yet another blow to the already gloomy outlook for China's biggest trade fair amid weak global demand and rising protectionism.

15 Oct 2012 - 3:43am 2 comments

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