How to Attend The Canton Fair?

Canton Fair Complex Guangzhou International Convention-and-Exhibition Centre

Canton Fair Background

The Canton Fair (also known as China Import and Export Fair) started in 1957 and is now one of the biggest trade events on the international trading calendar. This trade event in China is organized by the China Foreign Trade Centre (CFTC) and dually hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the government of Guangdong Province. Considering its start date and consistency, it is regarded as the oldest and largest trade event in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Thus, invariably the highest revenue generating trade fair in China. In conjunction with other exhibitions held in Guangzhou and Shanghai, the total venues operated by the CFTC in these areas to the world’s exhibition facilities with about 10,700,000 sq.m in total. The Canton Fair is a biannual event, held in April and October every year. More than sixteen broad product categories are on exhibit, and the Fair is held in three Phases, covering industrial and consumer products. Last year, it attracted over 31,000 exhibitors, and 190,000 visitors to each of its sessions. So How to Attend The Canton Fair?

How to Attend The Canton Fair?

To attend the Canton Fair you will need an invitation which will be needed to Apply for a Visa to China. Once, at the Canton Fair, you will then receive a Buyer card (badge). This is the only official way to attend the Canton Fair.

To apply, please fill in our Canton Fair Enquiry Form here.

Canton Fair Dates 2019

The 126th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) Phase Dates:
Phase 1: 15th-19th October 2019 9:30-18:00
Phase 2: 23rd-27th October 2019 9:30-18:00
Phase 3: 31st Oct.-4th Nov. 2019 9:30-18:00

Canton Fair Dates 2020

The 127th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) Phase Dates:
Phase 1: 15th-19th April 2020 9:30-18:00
Phase 2: 23rd-27th April 2020 9:30-18:00
Phase 3: 1st May.-5th May. 2020 9:30-18:00

The 128th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) Phase Dates:
Phase 1: 15th-19th October 2020 9:30-18:00
Phase 2: 23rd-27th October 2020 9:30-18:00
Phase 3: 31st Oct.-4th Nov. 2020 9:30-18:00

Overview of the 3 Phases of the Canton Fair

The category of products displayed by each phase of the Canton Fair is the same for the biannual sessions.

Large Machinery and Equipment
Large Machinery and Equipment

Phase 1 (Full List)

  • Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Vehicles & Spare Parts
  • Machinery, Hardware & Tools
  • Energy + Resources
  • Chemical Products
  • Building Materials
  • International Pavilion

Phase 2 (Full List)

  • Consumer Goods
  • Gifts
  • Home Decorations

Phase 3 (Full List)

  • Office Supplies
  • Cases & Bags
  • Recreation Products
  • Medical Devices and Health Products
  • Food
  • Shoes
  • Textiles & Garments
  • International Pavilion

Who Should Attend?

People wanting to:

  • Source products from China, or current importers wanting to see the latest China has to offer.
  • Know new trends for specific types of products and looking for ideas for their businesses.
  • Build a long-term business relationship with Chinese big suppliers and get the contact information of them.
  • Start their own business and looking for differentiated products from China.

Why Attend With ChinaDirect?

With our 2 Day Master Class, you will learn all the details you need to confidently make a decision for your importing business regarding the manufacturer you choose. The service will also teach you how to select suppliers to make your product, understand the capacity they have to meet your stock turn over, and most importantly, learn to calculate the profit margin/savings you can expect by importing directly from China. The Two Day Master Class will teach you how to identify if you are dealing directly with a reputable manufacturer, not just an agent or trading company. Such a direct relationship is extremely important if you are looking for a long-term relationship.

During your trip, our professional Chinese Trade Assistant will help you avoid the pitfalls of doing business in China, and act as your guide and translator.

How To Apply for Canton Fair

Select the Phase(s) you’d like to attend, then either call us on (07) 3392 1421 or fill in the form below.

If you are unsure which phases to attend, contact us and we will discuss with you, find our contact details below.

Apply for 'The Canton Fair'

The Canton Fair Enquiry Form





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