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A Complete Guide to The Canton Fair[2023]

The first large-scale spring Canton Fair after the COVID-19 in 2023 is about to start. For those foreign friends who have not yet cooperated with suppliers in China, the Canton Fair will be a holy place for these importers. More than 180,000 buyers come to the Canton Fair every year. Facing more than 60,000 suppliers to purchase products.

The Canton Fair is one of the largest and oldest trade events other than the China Export Commodities Fair. Canton Fair Address: 510335, China Import and Export Fair (Pazhou) Complex, No. 380 Yuejiang Middle Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou City (Google Maps).

The current Canton Fair is co-sponsored by the state and the government, and undertaken by the China Foreign Trade Center. It will be held twice a year, mainly the spring exhibition in April and the autumn exhibition in October. Thousands of suppliers will showcase their main products. The Canton Fair in mid-April will be held in three phases, online and offline.

Phase 1: April 15-19, 2023.

Exhibits: Electronics and home appliances, consumer electronics, lighting, vehicles and accessories, machinery, hardware and tools, building materials, chemical products, new energy

Phase 2: April 23-27, 2023.

Exhibits range: consumer goods, toys, holiday gifts, furniture and home decoration, tableware, ceramics, gardening

Phase 3: May 1-5, 2023.

Exhibitors: textile fabrics, apparel, shoes, office bags and leisure products, medicine and health care, food

Preparations before participating in the Canton Fair

Registration for Canton Fair

Whether you are a buyer or a supplier, you need to register to get a formal invitation to participate in the Canton Fair.

Visitors can get two types of invitation cards, electronic invitation cards and paper invitation cards.

The e-invitation letter is a formal invitation letter issued by the organizer China Foreign Trade Center. Copies are valid and may be shared by a group of representatives of the same company.

You will receive an invitation by email. Electronic invitation letter is a better option for all overseas companies.

By getting this invitation, they can easily apply for the visa. After getting the invitation letter, you need to go to the Chinese embassy to apply for a visa. You can register on the official page of the Canton Fair, and then apply for a visa.

Note that registration is free (as long as you don’t have a Chinese passport, then you need to pay 300 yuan per day!).

One last piece of advice: remember to bring your passport as it is required to enter the fair.

Canton Fair visa

There are different types of Chinese visas, such as tourist visas, business visas and work visas. The most suitable visa for the Canton Fair is undoubtedly the business visa (also known as the “M visa”). After receiving the invitation letter, you can apply for a visa at the CVASC, Chinese embassy or consulate in your country.

Why to participate in the Canton Fair

Wide range of products

Canton Fair showcases products from almost all industries. For example, machinery, home decorations, home appliances, healthcare products, gifts and office supplies.With more than 60,000 suppliers attending the Canton Fair, it’s a great opportunity to learn about the latest products and innovations in your industry.

Communication opportunities

Canton Fair attracts exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. If you don’t know the Chinese region very well or the factories you want to know are far away from each other, then Canton Fair is a good place for you to communicate and establish new business contacts. Great opportunity.

Competitive prices

Many exhibitors at the Canton Fair offer competitive prices for their products, which is especially attractive to buyers who wish to purchase in bulk.

One-stop procurement

Canton Fair is a one-stop procurement platform for finding suppliers and products, which can save time and resources compared with running around multiple locations to find the required products.

Overall, the Canton Fair is an excellent opportunity to explore new products, communicate with industry professionals, and experience Guangzhou culture.

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