Frequently Asked Questions about Canton Fair

How to attend Canton Fair?
1. Overseas visitors and Chinese representatives with foreign companies’ representative offices in China should apply for the Invitation Card issued by Canton Fair.
2. Domestic enterprises should apply for the booths of Canton Fair to the local department in charge of foreign trade.
How could an overseas company’s representative office in China mainland apply for an Invitation Card? What kind of information is essential for the application?
Chinese employees in overseas company’s representative offices in China mainland are requested to apply to CECF Foreign Liaison Department for invitation card by presenting such documents (copy form acceptable) as Business Certificate, Employee Certificate and ID Card, at least two months in advance. Registration is accepted on the strength of the invitation card (on the one-person, one-card basis) extended by the Fair and the documents required.
Foreign employees in overseas company’s representative offices in China mainland follow the same application procedure as mentioned in question, namely, his or her company’s name, detailed company address as well as contacting numbers.
How should local interpreters get registered?
Local interpreters should get registered in Registration Office at the Fair’s Gate 1.
Documents required:
Interpretation Certificate (Diploma, Education Certificate, or Employee Certificate)
The interpreter’s ID Card
Signature by the foreign employer
Service Charge: RMB 200/day
How many business people could share one card?
Up to three businesspeople from the same company can share one invitation card.
Why should visitors apply for the Invitation Card?
Canton Fair has two kinds of Invitation Card for visitors. One is called E-invitation and the other is Paper Invitation Card.
With the Invitation Card, visitor could
1. Receive the entry visa to Guangzhou (only Paper Invitation Card valid).
2. Get registered and receive free entrance pass to the Fair.
3. Receive a set of Directory of Chinese Export Commodities Fair’s Exhibitors (one set for each card).
How to print out E-invitation?
Please access the Buyer E-Service Tool (BEST) with User Name and Password of your company and click “Print out E-invitation”.
How could an overseas businessperson apply for a visa?
Entry visa to Guangzhou is granted against the invitation card. For this purpose, kindly approach the Embassy of P. R. China with the Invitation Card. The following three points should be noticed:
a. In the absence of a Chinese Embassy in your country, kindly approach the Embassy (Consulate) of P. R. China in a neighboring country.
b. Approach the Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P. R. China in Hong Kong, if you travel to Guangzhou via that city.
How should local interpreters get registered?
Local interpreters should get registered in Registration Office at the Fair’s Gate 1.
Documents required:
Interpretation Certificate (Diploma, Education Certificate, or Employee Certificate)
The interpreter’s ID Card
Signature by the foreign employer
Service Charge: RMB 200/day
Which kind of language service could the Fair provide?
The Fair provide language service for English, French, German, Arabic, Japanese and Spanish.
How to complain?
During the Fair session, complains about the Fair can be done in the Complain Office at the Fair Complex. After the fair complains should be done in the provincial or municipal Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Co-operation Commission of the region where the complained company locates.
How can I find the booth number of a particular company?
By our Scan system in the exhibition halls (free for use).
What service does the Fair provide specially for the chain stores?
Firstly, in order to save your time of the visit, The Fair will organize the right suppliers with their samples to meet you in our meeting-room when you inform the Fair your detailed schedule and purchase list beforehand. (That is Face-Face communication between buyers and sellers.)
Secondly, The Fair can help you host a seminar on the subject that interests you most during the Fair. Such as seminar on the characteristic of a specific market, seminar on the prospects of a product, etc.
How about the weather in Guangzhou during the Fair?
The weather in Guangzhou average temperature is 21.8 oC during the Autumn Canton Fair and 23.8 oC during the canton fair autumn . It is warm but quite humid in Oct., and dry, sunny moderate in October.
How about transportation inside Guangzhou?
It is very convenient with a public traffic network consisting of buses, taxis and subway. Many hotels provide Shuttle Buses to and from the fair Complex for business people every day at fixed times during the Fair. When making a reservation, a pre-request on the Shuttle buses during the fair will save you a lot on travel in Guangzhou.
How can I get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong?
You can get to Guangzhou by planes, non-stop express trains, buses to Guangzhou from hong kong and shuttle ferries from Hong Kong.

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