The China Import and Export Fair, otherwise knownas the “Canton Fair”, is an important facilitatorof China’s foreign trade and a symbolofChina’sopening uppolicy. It plays a key role in developingChina’s foreign trade and in advancing economic and trade exchanges between China and the rest of the world. The Canton Fair is also China’s most renowned, having earned the title of”China’s No. 1 Fair”.

The Canton Fair is co-hosted by China’s Ministry of Commerce and the Government of Guangdong Province,andisorganized by the China Foreign Trade Centre. It is held every spring and autumn in Guangzhou, China. Since its establishmentin 1957, the Canton Fair has achieveda number of milestones.Compared toother trade fairs in China, the Canton Fair hasthe longest history, the largestand most diverse scale of exhibitions, the bestrate ofbusiness-dealturnovers, and the biggestattendanceof buyersfromthe broadest range of countries.The 115th Canton Fair, whichconcluded on May 5, 2014,attracted 188,119 buyers from 214 countries around the world. Thesefigures are a testament tothe huge commercial value of the Canton Fair and its importance in fosteringglobal trade.

With a focus on meeting the demands of the global market,theCanton Fair exhibitsover 150,000 categoriesof top-quality products, both Chinese and foreign. These areproducts withfamousbrands, born fromcreative innovation, and all reflecting the latest trendsof their respectiveindustries. The Canton Fair is botha comprehensive and specialized trade fair, with about24,000 outstandingenterprisesfrom all over the worldparticipatingin each session.

The Canton Fair is a testamentto thedevelopment of China’s foreign trade and IPR protectionefforts. As the earliest exhibition fair in China to protect IPRas a policy,theCanton Fair has continuallyattachedgreat importance to IPR protection. Forthe 85th session in 1999, an IPR complaint station was established to deal with IPR infringementcases. Acomprehensive system of IPR protection is now in place that meets international standards.

As the premium platform for economic and trade cooperation betweenChina and other countries, theCanton Fair attractsthe attention of enterprises and countriesfromaround the worldand will help with the recovery of the global economy.

The 116th Canton Fair will be held intheChina Import and Export Fair complexin Guangzhoufrom October 15 to November 4, 2014.

The Fair will be arrangedin 3Phases:

Phase 1: October 15-19

Phase 2: October 23-27

Phase 3: October 31-November 4