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      What is the Canton Fair and when is it held - Sourcing on the China Import and Export Fair

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      What is the Canton fair and when is it held? I may be interested!

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      Hi Finx&dinx,

      Welcome to Wholesale Forum

      The Canton Fair is one of the largest and best known biannual sourcing fairs in the world, held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, No.380 Yuejiangzhong Road, Guangzhou, China. The fair has been held in the spring and autumn seasons each year since the spring of 1957. This year, the 112th edition of the China Import and Export Fair will be held on different dates in three phases as follows:
      • Phase 1: Oct. 15 -19, 2012
      • Phase 2: Oct. 23 - 27, 2012
      • Phase 3: Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2012
      On the Canton Fair website they have create a special segment for overseas buyers where you will find a lot of useful information. You can read a complete attendance guide for foreign overseas buyers from the following link:Most first time visitors are overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Canton Fair and it is not strange for people to lose their sourcing focus amongst the thousands of product offerings. When visiting the Canton Fair for the first time it is recommended to bring along a translator or sourcing agent who can help you negotiate with suppliers and find your way around the fair. Many suppliers are experts in recognizing first time visitors and they will try to take advantage of these first timers.

      To simplify the whole process of sourcing from China and not having to visit China or worry about finding a trustworthy sourcing agent, we recommend some services which have done all the hard work for you in verifying Chinese suppliers. They offer a cost effective and safe way of sourcing exactly what you are looking for from China. To find literally thousands of verified Chinese trade suppliers, try the three largest online trade directories of verified wholesale suppliers eSources, Wholesale Deals and Worldwide Brands. All three list tens of thousands of verified wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and drop shippers.

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      The Canton Fair is China's largest trade fair, a fair of the highest level, and of the most complete varieties which will be held in Canton (Guangzhou), China.

      Phase 1 is on (Oct. 15-19), Phase 2 is on (Oct. 23-27) and Phase 3 is on (Oct. 31- Nov. 4)

      A couple of things you need to do here, firstly you need to be invited which can be done by going to the canton fair site and doing it that way, or a factory inviting you- this is quite easy to do - let me know if you have trouble doing this and I can connect you.

      Next step is applying for a visa- usually you need the invitation first before applying for this visa. You do this via the consulate general and a few other ways.

      You should note that the canton fair is no place for negotiations, it's just a meeting point, so bring about 1000 "name cards" and meet as many factories as you can, and stay another week or two afterwards so you can meet at the factory to discuss quotes, MOQs etc

      Don't forget to hire a translator and have fun!


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      My advice when visiting the Canton Fair is not to do any business when you are there.

      The good thing about the fair is that you have an oportunity to search out many suppliers as they are all under the one roof, but the size of the place can be overwhelming, as said above.

      Sure, seek out suppliers, discuss terms, look at their products and for price, quality etc. but don't finalise any deals there.

      Walk away and have time to make decisions away from this environment. I have seen instances where a deal was made and a better option wa sfound just around the corner, or the price a tthe fair was inflated nd a cheaper option was available later.

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      Canton fair will be held soon. The 113th session of China Import and Export Fair from April 15 to May 5, 2013, will be the best platform for you to grow your business with China. It's held in Guangzhou as advised above.

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