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2008 Canton Fair & Pearl River Delta Trade Mission (Archive)

Showcase your product at the World's Largest Trade Fair

Exhibit at the 103rd China Import & Export Fair in Guangzhou and join the Trade Mission to the Pearl River Delta April 2008

Led by the Mayor of Auckland City, Hon John Banks QSO

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Introduction – The Canton Fair

The Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair) is China's biggest Trade Fair. Held twice a year in Spring and Autumn in Guangzhou since April 1957, it has become one of the essential World Fairs for buyers seeking an ever increasing range of products from China.

At the grand ceremony to open the 100th Canton Fair in October 2006, Premier Wen Jiabao announced that from the 101st fair the Exports Commodities Fair would become the Import and Export Fair, giving exporters keen to open markets in the market which cannot be ignored, an opportunity to showcase their products not only to Chinese importers but also to about 200,000 overseas buyers who visit the Fair to buy Chinese and now international products.

­Canton Fair

How New Zealanders can take advantage of this opportunity

The New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) and the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) Inc (EMA) have worked together to secure the exclusive NZ agency for the International Pavilion for the 103rd Fair in April 2008.

We can therefore offer exporters either standard booths or raw exibition space to exhibit at the pavilion, for merely the third occasion that it has been available.

To make maximum impact we have got together with the Auckland City Council, whose sister city is Guangzhou, to create the option to join a Trade Mission lead by its Mayor Hon John Banks which will cover Guangzhou and neighbouring cities in the Pearl River Delta.

NZCTA Board members meet Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Bureau and CCPIT

NZCTA Board members meet Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Bureau and CCPIT – Oct 2006

In addition New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is supporting the Mission with advice and assistance in Guangzhou and the manning of an "NZ Inc" stand to support individual exporters.

Other supporters of the Mission are Export New Zealand and the NZ Branch of Confucius Institute. The Chinese Consulate General in New Zealand has also added its full support.

Between us, we can therefore offer exporters or indeed business people , who, at this stage, just wish to take a look at the Fair and the huge opportunities China presents...

  • An NZ Inc approach
  • Leverage from Auckland’s sister city relationship with Guangzhou
  • Timing to coincide with the signing of the China/NZ FTA when NZ will have a high profile in China (see FTA section)

Options for Trade Mission Participation

Here are the options for participation ..

1.Exhibit* at the China Import and Export Fair, Guangzhou 13-20 April 2008

and continue the Trade Mission to the Pearl River Delta 21-27 April 2008

2.Exhibit* at the Fair and omit the Pearl River Delta 13-21 April

3.Join the Pearl River Delta Mission and omit the Canton Fair 20-27 April

4.Undertake the Canton Fair segment without exhibiting 13-20 April 2008

* option to take standard 9m2 booth or to rent raw space at negotiated rate

Price indications

Indicative prices for exhibitors including basic stand cost, return travel to and from Auckland, accommodation, access to meetings and functions, mission leadership and management...

  • Guangzhou option (2 above) : Estimated around $11/12000*
  • Guangzhou and Pearl River Delta Option (1 above): Estimated around $13/14000*

*based return economy class fares Akl/Ggz, twin share, 4 and 5 star hotels
*excluding visa, departure tax, insurance, exhibition stand incidental costs and freight content

Because they will not incur stand and set up costs, Options 3 and 4 above can be purchased at substantially reduced prices.

Prices will be firmed up as numbers participating become apparent, freight costs are determined and other cost indications firm up.

There will be options to upgrade to business class and single rooms and/or to arrange travel either side of the Mission's commitments in China and/or to depart from and return to other cities.

Travel arrangements are being made by China Travel Service, official Canton Fair travel agents.

Sectors for exhibitors at International Pavilion

  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Small vehicles and spare parts
  • Electronics, IT Products & Household Electrical Appliances
  • Hardware & Tools
  • Building Materials and Kitchen, Sanitary Equipment
  • Raw Materials (incl. timber, steel, chemicals, metals, textiles)
  • Consumer Goods
  • Decorations & Gifts
  • Foods, Beverages & Agricultural Products

Expressions of Interest

At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest without commitment from exporters who wish to exhibit or anyone else who wishes to partake in one or both legs of the Trade Mission.

If you register interest by 10 December, you will be invited to a short briefing event before Christmas.

Promoting the 100th Canton Fair at the China Consulate General

Promoting the 100th Canton Fair at the China Consulate General in Auckland June 2006

If your interest continues a deposit will be required early in the New Year and payment in full prior to departure.

Please telephone Anne Clarke 09-367 0968 or email anne.clarke@ema.co.nz by 12 December 2007

Register your interest in this trade show NOW!

Please telephone Anne Clarke 09-367 0968 or email anne.clarke@ema.co.nz

Chairman Stuart Ferguson, Honorary Life Member Victor Percival and Executive Director David Catty with Winnie Wei of China Foreign Trade Centre at the Opening Ceremony of the 100th Canton Fair

Chairman Stuart Ferguson, Honorary Life Member Victor Percival and Executive Director David Catty with Winnie Wei of China Foreign Trade Centre at the Opening Ceremony of the 100th Canton Fair – Oct 2006

Proposed Itinerary 103rd Canton Fair : Guangzhou Segment

13/Apr. Depart Auckland

14/ Apr Arrival Guangzhou via Hong Kong (Welcome Banquet)

Local guide will meet at arrival Hall holding welcome board and transfer you to Guangzhou Hotel. Welcome banquet will be held in local famous restaurant.

15/Apr to 20/Apr. Guangzhou ( Breakfast)

Return private transfer for the delegation provided between hotel and Fair.

20/Apr. Guangzhou(Breakfast/Dinner)

Return private transfer for the delegation provided between hotel and Fair .Dinner with Farewell Banquet for the delegation.

21/Apr. Depart Guangzhou for Hong Kong ( Breakfast)

After breakfast, free at your own arrangement. At 1300, Meet at hotel lobby and transfer back to Hong Kong for flight to Auckland.

22/Apr. Arrival Auckland

Inclusive:

  • International airfare with tax inclusive.
  • Private transfer with English Speaking guide
  • 7 nights accommodation with twin share in Guangzhou 4 star hotel
  • Meals as indicated (Welcome & Farewell Banquet, Hotel daily B/fast)
  • Tipping to guide & driver
  • Mission management and formal Mission networking and meetings

Excluding:

  • China Visa
  • Departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra luggage
  • Stand Fee
  • International Pavilion setting up and dismantling
  • Other services not mentioned

Proposed Itinerary: Pearl River Delta Segment

21/Apr. Guangzhou/Foshan (Breakfast)

Local guide will meet group at hotel lobby and transfer to Foshan for business appointment. Stay overnight in Foshan.

22/Apr. Foshan/Shunde /Foshan(Breakfast)

Coach to Shunde for business appointment. Then drive back to Foshan .Stay overnight in Foshan.

23/Apr.Shunde/Zhongshan (Breakfast)

Drive to Zhongshan for business appointment. Stay overnight in Zhongshan.

24/Apr. Zhongshan/Zhuhai (Breakfast)

Drive to Zhuhai for business appointment. Stay overnight in Zhuhai.

25/Apr. Zhuhai/Macau (Breakfast/Lunch)

Transfer to Gongbei, Local guide will pick up at Macau and transfer to Hotel. Half day city tour including the Penha Hill and A-Ma Temple, Macau Tower and St Paul's . Free at leisure for the rest time.

26/Apr. Macau/HongKong/Departure (Breakfast)

Free morning then transfer by jet boat to HongKong airport with departure flight to Auckland.

27/Apr. Arrival Auckland

Inclusive:

  • International airfare with tax inclusive.
  • Private coach transportation with English Speaking guide
  • 7 nights accommodation with twin share in Guangzhou 4 star hotel, 2 nights in Foshan, 1 night in Zhongshan, 1 night in Zhuhai, 1 night in Macau 5 star hotel or similar
  • Meals as indicated (Welcome & Farewell Banquet, Hotel daily B/fast)
  • Mission management and formal Mission networking and meetings

Excluding:

  • China Visa (NZ$60.00 /per person single entry)
  • Departure tax (NZ$25.00/per person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra luggage
  • Stand Fee
  • International Pavilion setting up and dismantling.
  • Other services not mentioned.

For map see http://www.johomaps.com/as/china/guangdong/pearldelta.html )

100th Canton Fair Opening Ceremony

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the 100th Canton Fair ended with a bang!

Further information on Canton Fair, Guangzhou

First Fair: April 1957

Interval: Two phases a session, two sessions a year

Fair Session:

Phase 1:April.15th -20th Phase 2:April.25th-30th (Spring Fair)

Phase 1:Oct.15th -20th Phase 2:Oct.25th-30th (Autumn Fair)

Duration: 6 days each phase, 2 phases each session

Venue:

China Import and Export Fair (Pazhou) Complex

China Import and Export Fair (Liuhua) Complex

Exhibition Space: 635,000 M2 (102nd Session)

Number of Booths: 32,005 standard booths (102nd Session)

Business Turnover: 37,450 Million USD (102nd Session National Pavilion)

Number of Trading Countries & Regions: 213 (102nd Session)

Number of Overseas Buyers: 189,500 (102nd Session)

Number of Exhibitors:

National Pavilion:14,574 exhibitors (102nd Session)

International Pavilion:480 exhibitors (102nd Session)

Exhibition Time: April 15-20, 2008

Exhibition Venue: Hall 21.2 & Hall 22.2, Pazhou Complex, China Import and Export Fair, No.380 Yuejiangzhong Road, Guangzhou, China

Exhibition Space: Gross exhibition space: 15,000-20,000 sqm

Exhibits: The 103rd session will focus on consumer goods, supplemented by industrial products. The exhibits fall into 9 exhibition subsections:

  • Consumer Goods
  • Decorations and Gifts
  • Foodstuffs and Agricultural Products
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Small Vehicles and Spare Parts
  • Electronics, IT Products and Household Electrical Appliances
  • Hardware and Tools
  • Building Materials and Kitchen and Sanitary equipment
  • Raw Materials
Requirements for Exhibiting Companies and Exhibits:

Exhibiting companies shall be the ones legally registered over 3 years (including 3 years) by eligible law in any country or region other than mainland China. Copy of the Company Registration Certificate (with company stamp) or other valid certificates shall be submitted.

Exhibits shall fall into "The Exhibits Category (International Pavilion) of the 103rd Session of China Import and Export Fair".

Exhibits shall be produced in any country or region other than mainland China. Certificate of Origin shall be submitted.

The deadline for stand application is February 22, 2008 in China (NZ deadline to be confirmed but around mid February).

Download the Canton Fair service guide

A veteran China Hand's view

Victor F Percival QSM JP - Past Chairman New Zealand China Trade Association and now Honorary Lifetime Executive Member, Honorary Member CCPIT (Beijing) – has been attending Canton Fairs since the inaugural year 1957 and in October 2006 at the 100th Fair was presented with an award to commemorate his support by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Here is his account of his first visit ……

CHINA EXPORT COMMODITIES FAIR (AUTUMN) 1957. Canton. (Guangzhou)

Author: Victor F Percival (New Zealand)

I had already been doing business with PR China since 1956 and as a result I was invited to the Canton Fair in October 1957. This involved quite a complicated arrangement for me because of the circumstances politically and trade-wise.

Read further http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/attend/buyersalon/detail.asp?id=16&fdcolumnid=1

Mr Victor Percival NZCTA

Mr Victor Percival NZCTA Life Member was the only overseas visitor to speak at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 100th Fair, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao. Wen presented an award to Percival for his loyal and longstanding support of the Canton Fair.