The last edition of the probably most popular tradeshows in the world, Canton Fair, was the 130th one. In 2020 the tradeshow was held online, but since the situation got better, in 2021, it was held both online and offline. How will the Canton Fair 2022 look like?
Canton Fair, or China Import and Export Fair ( 广交会), is a big biannual tradeshow in China’s Guangzhou. It has been organized since 1957, making it the oldest tradeshows in China. The trade fair is held in spring and fall. Canton Fair is getting more and more recognizable every year – in 2021, participants came from 228 countries and regions.
Spring edition: April-May
Fall edition: October-November
Organized by: China Foreign Trade Centre
Canton Fair in 2022
Due to the epidemiological situation, in 2020 Canton Fair was held online. In 2021 the spring edition was online, while the fall Canton Fair one – both online and offline. The online edition was not divided into phases as it was before. How will the Caton Fair 2022 look like? There is no official information. Some of the tradeshows in China set for 2022 were canceled or postponed, others held online or in a merged format. How and when the upcoming edition of Canton Fair will take place?
Spring edition: 15.04.2022 – 24.04.2022
The spring edition of Canton Fair 2022 will be organised online and last from 15th to 24th of April. In this way, companies worldwide can participate in live presentations of goods and quickly contact suppliers without the necessity to plan a trip to China. Moreover, as was the case in the first online edition, importers will get access to all 16 product categories and 50 exhibition sections for the whole duration of the event. Such a measure makes participation in the fair much more accessible, providing time and financial savings.
Product categories at Canton Fair 2022:
- Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances;
- Lighting Equipment;
- Vehicles & Spare Parts;
- Hardware & Tools;
- Building Materials;
- Chemical Products;
- Energy Resources;
- Consumer Goods;
- Home Decorations;
- Textiles & Garments;
- Office Suppliers, Cases & Bags, and Recreation Products;
- Medicines, Medical Devices, and Health Products.
If the pandemic situation in China and the restrictions don’t change, the autumn edition is likely to take place in the same form or the hybrid form.
How to register for Canton Fair 2022 online?
Registration for the spring edition of Canton Fair 2022 is entirely free! All it takes is a few simple steps to access a wide variety of goods from nearly every industry. You can start the registration process by visiting the official website of the Canton Fair. Next, you need to choose the “Register” option in the right upper corner.
Following this, the website will ask you to state whether you are an overseas, domestic buyer, or agent. You must select the correct option as shown in the picture below – for most importers, it will be “Overseas Buyer.” Then you will be asked about a “Buyer Badge.” Only those who have already taken part in Canton Fair own such a badge. Thus, if it’s your first time participating in the event, choose “I Don’t Have a Buyer Badge.”
The last step is filling out the registration form. You must provide personal data (name, title, country, and e-mail address) and select the scope of your business (key industries). Thanks to this information, the platform will be able to grant you access to exporters offering goods interesting to you. After entering all the data and selecting the “Submit” option, you can start browsing offers and searching for a business partner.
Why should you visit Canton Fair?
Attending trade shows is worthwhile since it is a great chance to strengthen your position in the international business environment and expand your professional network. Whether the trade is online or offline, you can still contact plenty of suppliers and negotiate the prices.
Online trade fairs have plenty of advantages. Firstly, they don’t require you to plan a costly trip to China. As a result, you can participate in the event from any place in the world. Moreover, thanks to implemented measures, they enable easy contact with suppliers, watching live presentations of goods, and quickly matching particular exhibitors to your company’s needs.
Remember! Regardless of the fair’s form, always verify a supplier from China. Thanks to this measure, you will access the most crucial information about the company’s business and its representatives. You will ensure that it’s worth cooperating with such a company. Therefore you will secure yourself from scammers and possible financial losses.