Li Yuting, a salesperson at Tianjin Golden Success International Corporation, was pleased to see visitors still making inquiries on the last day of the second phase of the 133rd Canton Fair. The fair, also known as the China Import and Export Fair, concluded on Friday in Guangzhou, the capital of south China’s Guangdong Province. This year, the long-standing fair saw a full resumption of on-site activities, with its offline exhibition venues spanning 1.5 million square meters. The event welcomed about 35,000 exhibitors and purchasers from over 220 countries and regions, during three separate phases held between April 15 to May 5.
Golden Success, a kitchen appliances provider, has attended the fair for over 10 years, considering it a great opportunity for displaying their latest products and expanding connections with foreign buyers. The popularity of the Canton Fair is encouraging, according to Li Yuting, pointing to the many clients that she dealt with. Official data shows that the number of visitors to the 133rd Canton Fair exceeded 2.9 million, setting a new record. During the offline exhibitions, export deals worth a total of 21.69 billion U.S. dollars were signed, which was better than expected, said fair spokesperson Xu Bing.
Buyer Nirose Paramabtah from the United Arab Emirates is satisfied with China’s sophisticated industrial chain and says any customized needs for products can be met. During the third phase of the fair, which focused on food, textiles, and medicines, Tommy&Tim Industrial Co., Ltd., based in Shantou City, Guangdong Province, attracted dozens of international buyers to its coffee and candies.
Israeli buyer Adi Dagan, an experienced buyer at the fair, was attracted to innovative and high-quality products. He believes there is no substitute for the fair and is happy to talk with people and touch the products again at the offline event. French perfumer Janek Kozeluh, who has been attending the fair since the 1980s, believes that the goods on display at the Canton Fair represent only a small sample of what China can produce. He has forged solid partnerships with many Chinese suppliers for raw materials and accessories for cosmetics. Kozeluh believes it is important to select the right partners to collaborate with and try to develop new products.