China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, was established in 1957. Co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the People's Government of Guangdong Province and organized by China Foreign Trade Centre, it is held every spring and autumn in Guangzhou, China. The Canton Fair is a comprehensive international trading event with the longest history, the largest scale, the most complete exhibit variety, the largest buyer attendance, the widest range of buyers’ source country, the greatest business turnover and the best reputation in China.
Serving as a premier platform for China’s opening up and international trade cooperation, the Canton Fair is regarded as the barometer of China’s foreign trade. Since its inception, the Canton Fair has been held for 129 sessions without interruption in the past 65 years, building trade ties between China and over 220 countries and regions in the world and enhancing trade and friendly exchanges between China and the world.
At present, the exhibition area of each session totals 1.185 million square meters and the number of exhibitors from home and abroad stands at nearly 26,000. In each session, about 200,000 buyers attend the Fair and make transactions worth about USD 30 billion. As a response to the global pandemic of coronavirus since 2020, the Canton Fair has been successfully held online for 3 sessions. The 130th Canton Fair will be held between October 15 and October 19 in an online and offline merged format. The Fair will build a new platform featuring “buy from and sell to the world”, which will enable Chinese and international companies to break the limit of time and space, and countries across the world to share new opportunities of China’s manufacturing industry and the Chinese market.