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.   

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Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 2:21am

Plenty of room at the inn for the Canton Fair as economy bites

The Canton Fair usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors but how many will be back and book hotel rooms this year. Photo: Bloomberg

Concerns over poor advance hotel bookings in Guangzhou for the biggest trade fair in China has cast a shadow over waning demand for the country's exports.

22 Sep 2012 - 1:41pm

Canton Fair posts disappointing results

The Canton Fair, one of the country's biggest trade fairs and a barometer of the health of the export sector, ended on a sombre note, with orders from overseas buyers down and traders reporting that most new contracts were kept short-term.

Deals signed across the fair's three weeks amounted to US$36.3 billion, down more than 4 per cent on its previous session last October.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Traders want help to tap new markets

Domestic traders at the Canton Fair are calling for preferential policies from the central government to help them explore new export markets in Latin America and Africa.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Canton Fair traders look to emerging markets

Exhibitors at China's biggest trade show are pinning their hopes on orders from emerging markets to bolster falling export revenues amid the sluggish global economy.

Prospects for global trade this year were 'more challenging and complicated', Liu Jianjun, spokesman for the Canton Fair's organisers, warned on the eve of its opening in Guangzhou.

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Disasters-hit prefectures seek revival at Canton Fair

A group of exhibitors stood out over the weekend at the 110th China Import and Export Fair, which has drawn exhibitors from around the world since its founding more than 50 years ago.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ray of hope for exporters at fair

Adding to recent signs of an improving mainland economy came glimmers of hope from yesterday's opening of the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, according to the organiser and mainland exporters.

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

A trade fair for the times

Exporters on the mainland are gearing up for the Canton Fair's second trade-matching forum this month in the hope of meeting domestic buyers.

The slump in overseas orders brought on by the global financial crisis has badly hurt sales, prompting the fair's organiser - the Ministry of Commerce - to look for ways to open up the domestic market.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Sales at Canton Fair dip by 20pc

Mainland officials see no light at the end of the tunnel for the embattled export sector as the first part of the country's best-known trade fair ended in Guangzhou with a lukewarm response.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Wen visits trade fair as exports decline

Premier Wen Jiabao made a whirlwind visit to Guangdong following his appearance at the Boao Forum as figures showed the export powerhouse has suffered its worst slump in decades, sources said.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Free air tickets to Canton Fair

In an unprecedented move to attract as many buyers as possible to the mainland's biggest and oldest trade show, the organiser of the Canton Fair is offering free air tickets, discounted hotel rooms and even free meals to frequent buyers and those from Fortune 500 companies.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Fee discount to lure exhibitors to Canton Fair

Pinched by the world's economic woes, the country's oldest and largest trade show, the biannual Canton Fair, is offering to cut fees for the first time to entice exhibitors.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Deals at Guangzhou trade fair down 17.5pc

The worsening global economy has battered the mainland's biggest trade show, with Guangzhou's China Import and Export Fair facing some of its worst declines in signed deals at the autumn session since 1995.

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Canton Fair bigger, but will it be brighter?

Exhibitors glum on deal prospects

Mainland business is preparing for a hard time at this season's Canton Fair, which opens today amid the financial market meltdown.

Nearly 22,000 mainland companies have signed up to take part in the fair, 20 per cent more than in April's spring session, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

15 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Canton Fair faces financial slowdown

Bookings down ahead of major trade expo

Trucks carrying iron poles and wooden planks are lined up outside the exhibition hall and workers strain to push trolleys full of goods inside, but Hong Kong businessman Chan Wing-kee is doubtful this season's Canton Fair, which opens on Wednesday, will be a busy one.

Airlines and hotels report that bookings are down.

13 Oct 2008 - 12:00am