Canton Fair – the Best Deals in China
Move over Barnum & Bailey. The Canton Fair is now the Greatest Show on Earth. Operating since 1957, the Canton Fair is now held twice a year – April/May and October/November. Wholesalers, manufacturers, and traders come from all over the world to discover the latest trends and the vast number of products being produced in China.
Prior to China’s opening up to the world, this fair was the only place that overseas buyers could find suppliers in China because all trade with China was controlled by the government. Even though China’s economy has now decentralized, the Fair is still the best place to find suppliers for goods made in China. You can often walk away immediately with samples of the products that you are interested in.
‘Made in China’ used to indicate that a product was inexpensive and also generally of low quality. These days, however, Chinese products have been raised to an international standard, but their cost is still more favorable because of low labor costs.
To give you an idea of the Fair’s vastness, the spring 2016 Fair had 24,514 exhibitors and 185,596 buyers attending. Each session has three 5-day phases: machinery and electronics, household goods, and clothing.
Choose the products you are interested in and attend just that phase. Even so, the Fair is huge and you would do well to book the services of an agent to act as your guide at the Fair.
See you in October at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou!