The Most Important Trade Fairs in China

Trade fairs in China play a pivotal role in enhancing the global economy and facilitating communication between companies from around the world. These fairs attract thousands of companies and buyers from various industrial sectors, making them essential platforms for showcasing products, services, and modern technology.

Among the most prominent of these fairs is the China International Import Expo held in Shanghai, aimed at boosting imports of foreign products and services into the Chinese market. The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition showcases the latest innovations in the automotive industry and its advanced technologies. Additionally, the China Electronics Fair is considered one of the most important events in the field of technology and electronics.

In this article, we will explore these fairs, along with other significant ones, to learn about them, what they offer, and when and where each is held.

The Most Important Trade Fairs in China

Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair)

Most people know the Canton Fair as the China Import and Export Fair. This fair is held in three phases throughout the year and features consumer goods such as electronics, household items, trendy clothing, and more.

The Canton Fair is one of the largest trade fairs in the Chinese market. In 2023, the fair attracted about 600,000 visitors during its spring and autumn sessions. The number of exhibitors at the Canton Fair reached nearly 35,000, with over 73% of foreign companies participating in this trade fair coming from BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) countries such as El Salvador and Italy. Among the tens of thousands of attendees, approximately 58,000 were foreign buyers. The presence of companies from various industries led to agreements valued at around $25.1 billion.

The 135th Canton Fair was held this year starting on April 15, 2024, in three phases: the first phase from April 15 to 19, the second phase from April 23 to 27, and the final phase from May 1 to 5.

When and where is the Canton Fair held? The Canton Fair is located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, in southern China. The fair is held at the Pazhou Complex, the largest exhibition center in Asia.

Yiwu International Commodities Fair

The Yiwu International Commodities Fair is one of the largest and most important trade fairs in China, held annually in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province. This fair specializes in small and diverse goods and is considered a primary platform for trading consumer products.

The Yiwu International Commodities Fair began in 1995 and is typically hosted by several prominent Chinese government bodies, such as the Ministry of Commerce and the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government. Since its inception, the trade fair has seen continuous growth in terms of size, exhibitors, and products.

Last October, the Yiwu International Commodities Fair recorded approximately 200,000 visitors. Among the participants were international brands from 81 different countries.

When and where is the Yiwu Fair held? The Yiwu International Commodities Fair is usually held in October each year. The fair takes place at the Yiwu International Expo Center in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China. The Yiwu International Expo Center is one of the largest exhibition centers in the region, providing excellent infrastructure to meet the needs of exhibitors and visitors from around the world. The fair is a crucial opportunity for traders and buyers to discover the latest products and trends in the small goods market and to strike international business deals.

The 2024 fair is scheduled to be held from October 21 to 24.

East China Fair (ECF)

The East China Fair (ECF) is one of the largest and most important trade fairs in China, held annually in Shanghai. It is organized in collaboration with nine provinces and municipalities in East China, including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, Ningbo, and Zhejiang.

The fair covers a wide range of commercial categories, including clothing and textiles, household products, gifts, consumer goods, tools, and machinery. The ECF attracts nearly 37,000 buyers from various industries, representing 119 countries. In the latest fair held in 2023, among the 3,299 exhibitors, there were 234 companies from the international market showcasing their products. The fair was a tremendous success, with the volume of trade transactions reaching approximately $2.3 billion.

When and where is the East China Fair held? The East China Fair was held from March 1 to 4, 2024, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center located in the Pudong area, Shanghai, China.

China Electronics Fair (CEF)

Among the Chinese trade fairs listed here, the China Electronics Fair (CEF) is the only one primarily focused on the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. The fair is held multiple times a year in different cities, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Chongqing.

The CEF attracts a wide range of exhibitors, numbering 1,300, including companies from around the world showcasing the latest developments and products in the field of electronics. In addition to the exhibitors, the fair draws around 60,000 buyers from various countries and industries.

Besides electronics, the trade fair highlights components in key technological areas such as 5G, the industrial internet, smart manufacturing, new energy vehicles, big data, artificial intelligence, and information security.

China Electronics Fair (CEF)

The China Electronics Fair (CEF) 2024 will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) on November 20, 2024.

Bauma China

Bauma China is one of the largest exhibitions in Asia for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, and construction vehicles. It brings together top experts and companies from around the world to showcase the latest innovations and technologies in the field. The latest event featured 3,350 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions, attracting over 212,000 visitors.

Key foreign markets looking for construction materials and vehicles at Bauma China include South Korea, Russia, Singapore, and Japan.

When and where is Bauma China 2024 held?

 Bauma China 2024 will be held from November 26 to 29, 2024, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai, China.

China International Industry Fair (CIIF)

Established in 1999, the China International Industry Fair (CIIF) has become one of the most influential industrial exhibitions in China. It provides a platform for foreign brands to showcase their products and technologies to a large and diverse audience, including partners, customers, and investors. The 2023 edition of CIIF featured over 2,600 exhibitors from more than 27 countries and regions, attracting approximately 200,000 trade visitors, reflecting its status as a significant event for international industry and trade.

When and where is CIIF 2024 held? 

The China International Industry Fair 2024 (CIIF) is scheduled to be held from September 24 to 28, 2024, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai, China.

China International Import Expo (CIIE)

The China International Import Expo (CIIE) is an annual international trade event held in Shanghai, China. First launched in 2018, it is considered the world’s first national-level import expo. The expo aims to boost international trade by providing a platform for global companies to showcase their products and services in the Chinese market.

The expo is organized by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government, with support from various international organizations. It brings together companies from diverse industries such as food and agriculture, medical equipment, consumer goods, commercial services, and technology.

The event takes place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai and includes a range of activities such as conferences, forums, and business matchmaking meetings. The CIIE offers foreign companies the opportunity to enter the Chinese market and interact with Chinese companies and buyers, thus promoting international trade and deepening economic cooperation between China and other countries.

The 2023 CIIE saw significant business deals. In just the first two days, agreements worth approximately $1.38 billion were signed. Additionally, the expo attracted over 4,000 exhibitors representing brands from more than 128 countries and regions, who showcased 442 new products, technologies, and services during the event.

When and where is the CIIE held? 

The CIIE is scheduled to be held from November 5 to 10, 2024, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai, China.

Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China)

The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, also known as "Auto China," is one of the world's most important and largest international automotive exhibitions. Held biennially since 1990, the event alternates between Beijing and Shanghai.

The exhibition attracts many leading global companies in the automotive industry and serves as a major platform for showcasing the latest developments in automotive technologies and designs. The event focuses on presenting the newest innovations in automotive technology, including electric vehicles, autonomous driving technologies, and artificial intelligence. It also provides companies with the opportunity to interact with consumers, understand their preferences and needs, and foster important business relationships between local and international companies. The event typically draws at least 56,000 visitors.

When and where is the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition held?

 The 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition was held from April 25 to May 4 at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) in Beijing. The exhibition included a variety of activities such as presentations, seminars, and workshops.

Who Typically Attends Chinese Trade Shows?

Chinese trade shows provide an excellent opportunity for networking, building business relationships, and keeping up with the latest developments across various industries. The attendees of these trade shows are diverse and include the following groups:

  • Exhibiting Companies: These are Chinese and international companies that showcase their products and aim to sell them in global markets.
  • Buyers and Importers: Individuals and companies looking for new products to import and sell in their local markets.
  • Trade Agents: Companies and individuals representing other companies, helping to promote their products and services.
  • Investors: Individuals and companies seeking investment opportunities in China or with the exhibiting companies.
  • Manufacturers and Suppliers: Companies providing raw materials or intermediate products to other manufacturers.
  • Government Officials: Representatives from government bodies supporting trade relations and monitoring compliance with regulations and standards.
  • Researchers and Academics: Individuals and academic institutions studying the Chinese market and trade trends.
  • Interested Consumers: Individuals who visit the trade shows to learn about new products and advanced technologies.
  • Journalists and Media: Reporters and editors covering the events and writing about trade trends.


Certified Members

Our Networks