Canton Fair

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Canton Fair
Canton Trade Fair (tarotastic).jpg
Detail of the structure of one of the exhibition halls in Pazhou.
Traditional Chinese 中國進出口商品交易會
Simplified Chinese 中国进出口商品交易会
Literal meaning China Import and Export Fair
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 廣交會
Simplified Chinese 广交会
Literal meaning Canton Fair

The Canton Fair is a trade fair held in the spring and autumn seasons each year since the spring of 1957 in Guangzhou, China.[1]

Its full name since 2007 has been China Import and Export Fair (中国进出口商品交易会), renamed from Chinese Export Commodities Fair (中国出口商品交易会),[2] also known as Canton Fair (广州交易会), which abbreviation is 广交会.

The Fair is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and People's Government of the Guangdong Province, and organized by China Foreign Trade Centre.

The Fair is the largest trade fair in China. Among China's largest trade fairs, it has the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made at the fair. Like many trade fairs it has several traditions and functions as a comprehensive event of international importance.


Liuhua Complex, located in Yuexiu.
The new Canton Fair Complex in Pazhou, Haizhu.

Fifty trading delegations, being composed of thousands of China's best foreign trade corporations (enterprises), take part in the Fair. These include private enterprises, factories, scientific research institutions, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and foreign trade companies. The 101st fair saw 314 different companies from 36 countries.


The fair leans to export trade, though import business is also done here. Apart from the above-mentioned, various types of business activities such as economic and technical cooperations and exchanges, commodity inspection, insurance, transportation, advertising, consultation, etc. are also carried out in flexible ways.

Basic facts[edit]

First held: April 1957.
Interval: Three phases per session; two sessions per year.
Spring session: April 15–19 (Phase 1); April 23–27 (Phase 2); May 1–5 (Phase 3). (115th Session)
Autumn session: October 15–19 (Phase 1); October 23–27 (Phase 2); October 31- November 4 (Phase 3).
Phase 1: Electronics, household electrical appliances, machinery, lighting equipment, hardware and tools, vehicles and spare parts, building materials, chemical products.
Phase 2: Consumer products,decorations goods, gifts.
Phase 3: Textiles & garments, shoes, office supplies, cases & bags, recreation products, medicines, medical devices and health products
China Import and Export Fair (Pazhou) Complex, 380 Yuejiangzhong Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou 510335 [3]
Liuhua Complex: The Complex was first put into use in 1974. It was discontinued as a venue for the Canton Fair, starting from the 115th Session (April 2014).
Gross exhibition space: 1,125,000 m².
Number of booths: Over 55,800 standard stands (105th Session).
Varieties: Over 150,000.
Business turnover: 262.3 Million USD (105th Session).
Number of trading countries and regions: 203 (103rd Session).
Number of visitors: 165,436 (105th Session).
Exhibitors: Over 22,000 (with 21,709 Chinese exhibitors, 395 international exhibitors, 105th Session).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canton Fair "Impact of Canton Fair on Rigging Industry"
  2. ^ "The 115th Canton Fair Official website". 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Canton Fair Complex Exhibition List". 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 

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Coordinates: 23°06′11″N 113°21′27″E / 23.10306°N 113.35750°E / 23.10306; 113.35750