It’s Canton Fair Time! Tips and Advice

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 in Blog, Chinese Importing, Finding Suppliers

The Canton Fair will be taking place from October 15 to November 4 and many readers of this blog will likely be making their way down to Guangzhou. For those who are, and those are considering it in the future, here are some of my tips:

  • Registering before the fair saves time but you can register at the fair (especially important for those who are in a mad panic because they never received their invitation)
  • Make sure you attend the right phase of the fair. You don’t want to turn up for the Automotive phase while looking for a furniture supplier.
  • Take everything a supplier says with a grain of salt. Every supplier will say they sell to Walmart, have a 30 day lead time, and is a factory (not a trading company). Treat everything said with some skepticism.
  • Setup a secondary email account. If you are generous handing out business cards, your email will be put on ten thousand different Chinese email lists. Some of these emails are actually quite useful but you probably don’t want your inbox flooded with them.
  • Guangzhou has no shortage of accommodation up to Western standards. You might not get the best deal if you book your hotel room later rather than sooner and the best Western Hotels might be booked, but there will be something decent available even if you book the last minute.
  • Remember, you need a visa for China! A Chinese Visa is straight forward to get (any major city with a sizable Chinese population normally has a consulate you can apply through).

Dave Bryant has been importing from China for over 10 years and has started numerous products brands. He sold his multi-million dollar ecommerce business in 2016 and is currently starting another ecommerce company. He’s also a former Amazon warehouse employee of one week.


  • Mado

    Thank you so much David, you took 50% of my worries away with all the information you provide on your blog. Be blessed

  • Smith S

    It’s Canton Trade fair time again, and in 2018 every trade person should be aware of every minute detail from the visa to the phase, and the businesses that they are going to interact with. Wonderful blog!

    Dave Bryant

    Thank you!!

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