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A Guide to Canton Fair (China) Easy Trade Africa

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

If you are looking to do business in China, Easy Trade Africa is the perfect partner for you. With our assistance, you can navigate the Canton Fair and simplify your purchases in China. The Canton Fair, also known as the China Import and Export Fair, is one of the biggest business exhibitions in the world. Held twice a year, in April and October, the fair is organized by China Foreign Trade Centre and co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province.

With over 55,000 booths and generating $262.3 million in sales over an exhibition space of 1.2 million square meters, the Canton Fair offers a vast array of products from different industries. The fair is divided into three phases, each lasting about a week, with a gap of 2 to 4 days in between. Phase 1 features electronics, household electrical appliances, machinery, building materials, and more. Phase 2 is all about consumer goods, gifts, and home decorations. Finally, Phase 3 showcases textiles and garments, shoes, office supplies, and food products.

Before embarking on your trip to China, ensure that your passport has at least six months validity, and register on the Canton Fair website for an invitation letter. If you do not have a letter, register on the "Buyer E-Service Tool" for around US$20. Apply for a Chinese visa at least two weeks in advance and book a hotel, keeping in mind that rates during the fair typically increase three to four times.

Easy Trade Africa can assist you with all of these steps and guide you through the Canton Fair, helping you to simplify your purchases in China. It is recommended to get business cards printed specifically for the Canton Fair and to create a separate email address for the event. Familiarize yourself with translation tools such as Google Translate, and be patient in your exchanges and conversations.

With Easy Trade Africa as your partner, you can navigate the Canton Fair with ease and make the most of your business trip to China.

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