The 114th China Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair) concludes today (Nov 4th, 2013). The Canton Fair started on the year 1957, now It is the most important China international fair, this import and export fair would be held twice (in April and October) every year, it attracts lots of international buyers and importers who are interested in “MADE IN CHINA”. The official name of Canton Fair had been changed from “China Export Fair” to “China Import and Export Fair” since April, 2007, it is not a purely export platform for “MADE IN CHINA” now, but export is still the main title of Canton Fair. The global economic situation indeed of recent years indeed affect the Canton Fair, but it does not affect the traditional advantage of China export.
There are 189,646 overseas buyers attending the 114th Canton Fair, statistics from China Import and Export Fair official site , by Nov 3rd, 2013. More buyers came to China this autumn than last year, but it is less than the Spring Canton Fair this year. There are three phases in the Canton Fair as usual:
Phase 1 (Oct 15th ~ 19th , 2013): Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances, Lighting Equipment, Vehicles & Spare Parts, Machinery, Hardware & Tools, Building Materials, Chemical Products ;
Phase 2 (Oct 23rd ~ 27th, 2013): Consumer Goods, Furniture, Home Decorations, Gifts ;
Phase 3 (Oct 31st ~ Nov 4th, 2013): Office supplies, Cases & Bags, and Recreation Products, Food, Textiles & Garments, Shoes, Medicines, Medical Devices and Health Products.
So you can choose visiting Phase 2 of the Canton Fair if you are looking for furniture products from China, to be honestly, the furniture business of 114th China Canton Fair is less than last autumn and this spring, why? Most exhibitors said that the cost of furniture manufacturing in China had raised a lot recently, material, labor, the exchange rate between USD and CNY etc, but most furniture overseas buyers can not accept high price because of the global economic environment, especially in Europe, furniture wholesalers and retailers are sensitive to price at this moment. Furniture buyers from USA is less than before and they are more careful in choosing furniture factories because of new Environmental Protection Act (definitely this act would add the cost of furniture suppliers from China).
We do not attend the Canton Fair, because of high cost and limited standard show area, it is really hard to get a booth, especially in April, so most furniture manufacturers who plans to attend this fair have to buy booth from trading company, and they can not use their own logo or brand, this is really sucks, so more and more China furniture factories choose to attend professional furniture show like Shanghai International Furniture Fair, or become members of some big online B2B platform, it save cost a lot. Furniture buyers also tend to find more furniture suppliers by other ways, not only Canton Fair or furniture fair in Guangzhou, we have posted articles for how to find best suppliers in China, hope it would be helpful, any questions, pls make comment or send email to us.