Canton Fair Autumn 2019: The Ultimate Guide

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The Canton Fair is the longest-running and the largest trade show in Mainland China. Think of it as the ‘offline version’ of Alibaba.com, and you’re getting close. In this guide, you will learn everything importers must know about the Canton Fair:

  • Why should I visit the Canton Fair?
  • Canton Fair Products and Phases
  • Canton Fair Dates 2019
  • Traveling to the Canton Fair
  • Visitor Registration
  • Visa Requirements
  • How to get an invitation letter

As a bonus, I also explain how to prepare and attend the Canton Fair, and manage follow-ups.

  • Why you must prepare a product specification before your visit
  • The questions you must ask each supplier at the trade show
  • How to follow-up with the suppliers after the trade show

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Globalsources Electronics Show 2019: Highlights & Photos

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A little over a week ago we attended the Globalsources electronics show at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong. I had the honor to host a presentation and Q&A session covering electronics regulations in the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, there is no video recording available – but we have plenty of photos to share from the booths. Continue reading Globalsources Electronics Show 2019: Highlights & Photos

Trade Shows in Vietnam 2019: The Ultimate Guide

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Finding the best suppliers in Vietnam can be quite challenging. At least when sourcing products online. Instead, you might want to consider one of several trade shows, held yearly in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.

In this article, you’ll get a complete overview over the largest trade shows in Vietnam, covering the following categories:

  • Apparel & Textiles
  • Furniture, Home decor & Handicrafts
  • Electronics
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Print & Packaging
  • Construction & Industrial

In addition, we also cover visa requirements, invitation letters and transportation options.

Apparel & Textiles

VTG Textile & Garment

In 2109, the Vietnam International Textile & Garment Industry Exhibition is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City between 20 – 23 November 2019.

The event takes place once every year, mostly in the month of November. It is organized by Vietnam International Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company in partnership with Yorkers Trade & Marketing Services Co., Ltd.

It is a popular event that is attended by more than 10,000 people and around 400 exhibitors every year.

You can find a wide range of products at this event that includes:

  • Textile machinery
  • Apparel machinery
  • Fibers
  • Filaments
  • Fabrics
  • Apparel accessories

You can also find exhibitors from all around the world, especially manufacturers of winding machines, braiding machines, thread trimmer machines, etc.

You can meet manufacturers of modern textile and apparel machinery here instead of exploring actual textile products. If you are interested in machinery instead of textile or garments, this is an excellent event to attend.

If you are interested in the textile and garments instead of machinery, you can visit the sister exhibition that takes place at the same time and same venue, the Vietnam International Textile & Apparel Accessories Exhibition.

Admission is allowed for only 16 years old or older.

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Furniture & Housewares Trade Shows in Asia 2019

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Are you looking for qualified furniture and housewares manufacturers in Asia? Then you should attend at least one of the many upcoming furniture and home product trade shows in 2019.

In this article, we give you a complete overview of furniture exhibitions in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India and Thailand.

You will also learn if you need a visa, product overviews and much more.

Hong Kong

HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair

HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair is among the most well-recognized and well-received furniture fairs in Hong Kong. In 2017, the fair was attended by more than 29,000 visitors, and around 2,200 brands and businesses displayed their products.

The exhibition will take place in the third week of April in Hong Kong. The admission to the fair is allowed for only 18 years old and above. You also have to pay HK$ 100 which is equivalent to USD 15 to attend the show.

Visiting Hong Kong for short-term business visits does not require a visa so you can attend this event without applying for a visa. Hong Kong allows visa-free entry to 170 countries, which also include North America, Europe, and Australia.

You can explore a wide range of houseware categories in this event that include:

  • Art & craft items
  • Hardware & DIY projects
  • Bathroom products
  • Home appliances
  • Eco-Friendly products
  • Furniture
  • Outdoor & gardening accessories
  • Storage solutions
  • Kitchenware
  • Interior decor & handicrafts

You can also find hundreds of exhibitors from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other countries in the region. The event is organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, and other partners.

The event takes place once a year, mostly in April.

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

IDFFHK

International Design and Furniture Fair Hong Kong, also known as IDFFHK, takes place in Hong Kong after every two years. It is expected to take place in August 2019.

The fair focuses more on interior design and hosts many top interior designers, in addition to exhibiting their designed products. The event is mostly attended by architects, property developers, interior designers, hoteliers and other professionals working in the design industry.

In 2017, more than 10,000 professionals visited the fair.

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Electronics Trade Shows in Asia 2019: A Complete Guide

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Finding the right electronics manufacturer in China, or elsewhere in Asia, is complicated. You need to make sure that they got the right quality management systems in place, and that they can make products that comply with electronics safety standards in your country.

By attending a trade show, you can meet a large number of qualified electronics suppliers, under one roof. Thus, you can save weeks, perhaps even months, of work when looking for the right manufacturer.

In this guide, you get a complete overview of the top 2019 electronics trade shows, in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam and Singapore.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Electronics Fair

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair will take place in the second week of October in 2019.

Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council every year, it is one of the largest electronics fairs in the Asia. The last event was attended by more than sixty thousand visitors, while more than 3.700 exhibitors also joined the show.

You can visit Hong Kong without a visa for a limited period in most cases as Hong Kong offers visa-free entry to 170 countries. You can check the complete list to check if your country is included.

You also have to pay HK$100 as admission fees to visit this fair while only 18 years or older participants are allowed to attend.

The fair is known for its Hall of Fame category, which is dedicated to the most eye-catching and trending products, and top brands.

You can find a wide range of products at this fair displayed by thousands of brands and tech companies under different product categories.

Some top product categories include:

  • 3D Printing
  • Home Appliances
  • Audio Visual Products
  • Electronic Accessories
  • Office Equipment and Automation
  • Smart Tech
  • Virtual Reality, etc.

You can also visit the eletronicAsia 2019 trade fair at the same time which will take place on the same dates and same location.

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Harbour Road Entrance)

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Watches & Jewelry Trade Shows in Asia 2019: A Complete Guide

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There are thousands of watches, jewelry and accessories manufacturers in China, and other Asian countries. While you can start sourcing right now on Alibaba.com or Globalsources.com, many importers prefer to meet suppliers face to face, negotiate prices and check samples.

In this guide to watches and jewelry trade shows in Asia, you get a complete overview of the top events in 2019, in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Hong Kong

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair

The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair will take place in the first week of September in Hong Kong.

In most cases, you can attend the fair without a visa as Hong Kong offers visa-free entry to the nationals of 170 countries for short-term visits.

Organizers of this fair include Hong Kong Trade Development and Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd.

The fair is one of the most acknowledged Watch and Clock Fairs in Asia. More than 800 exhibitors are expected to exhibit their products at the show this year. Around 20,000 buyers are also likely to visit the fair.

The products will be displayed in the following categories:

  • Watches and Clocks
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • OEM Smart Watches
  • Packaging, Parts & Components
  • Trade Services

The admission to the exhibition is free but only 18 years or older are allowed to attend the fair.

The fair takes place once a year, every September in Hong Kong.

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Clothing & Textiles Trade Shows in Asia 2019: A Complete Guide

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You can find hundreds of qualified suppliers, all under one roof, at one of Asia’s clothing and textiles trade shows. In this guide, you get a complete overview of the top trade shows this year in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan (ROC) and Vietnam.

For each clothing and textiles show, we also list the type of apparel, the venue location – and whether or not you need a visa.

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HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week

The 49th edition of Asia’s leading fashion event, Hong Kong Fashion Week will take place in Hong Kong in January next year.

As Hong Kong offers visa-free entry for short-term visits to the nationals of 170 countries, you can most likely visit the Hong Kong Fashion Week without a visa (based on your nationality).

You can also check the list of countries for visa-free entry and the number of days allowed for each nationality here.

You can find clothing brands, manufacturers, and latest fashion apparel at the event by some of the top manufacturers mostly from Hong Kong and mainland China. Some top exhibitors at the event include:

  • Jacky Mannequin & Hanger Fty
  • Sun Kee Woollen Knitting Factory Ltd
  • C & V Fashion Design
  • Gorgeous Belts & Accessories
  • Junson (HK) Industrial Limited

In total, more than 1,000 companies are expected to display their products at the week-long event.

The products you can expect on display include:

  • Women Clothing
  • Men’s Wear
  • Footwear
  • Fabrics
  • Pullovers
  • Sweaters
  • Knitwear
  • Party Dresses
  • Casual Wear
  • Embroidery Work
  • Other Apparel Accessories

The Hong Kong Fashion Week is organized by Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) twice a year, every Fall and Winter. The entry is free, and only for 18 years old and above.

The fair is rated as the leading fashion event in Asia that attracted almost 15,000 buyers from more than 70 countries this year. The last event also attracted more than fifteen hundred exhibitors from 21 countries.

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The Importers Guide to Global Sources Trade Shows – By Meghla Bhardwaj

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Global Sources started as a media company more than four decades ago, and has now evolved into both a leading supplier directory (2nd largest after Alibaba) and trade show.

This combination makes Global Sources unique, as it acts a hub for both buyers and suppliers – both offline and online.

In this interview, with Meghla Bhardwaj, head of content marketing at Global Sources in Singapore, explains why startups and e-commerce businesses should use their directory – and attend the upcoming trade shows and conferences in Hong Kong.

1. Meghla, please tell us a bit about yourself and how you started working at Global Sources

I’ve been working at Global Sources for about 17 years. I started in the India office where I wrote sourcing-related articles for our magazines, and managed the freelancer network there.

Then I moved to the Philippines office in 2003, where I led a team in Manila and China producing the company’s research reports, China Sourcing Reports. This is when I started traveling to China, touring factories and meeting with suppliers there.

In 2006, I moved to China where all the action was. I lived in Shenzhen for 9 years, where I visited hundreds of factories, worked with suppliers and buyers, and got a good understanding of how the supply chain works, and the issues buyers face when sourcing from China.

More recently, I’ve been working with Amazon and online sellers, trying to understand their pain points, and helping determine how Global Sources can meet their specific needs.

I’ve been organizing Global Sources Summit, a conference for online sellers sourcing from China. The conference is held every April and October and is co-located with our trade shows in Hong Kong. Continue reading The Importers Guide to Global Sources Trade Shows – By Meghla Bhardwaj

Trade Shows in Shanghai 2017: A Complete Guide

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Planning to attend a trade fair or two in Shanghai, but not sure where to start? Shanghai is perhaps not as big in the trade show space, as Guangzhou and Hong Kong – but the city still has plenty to offer international buyers in many industries.

In this article, you will what you must know before attending a trade fair in Shanghai, including how to obtain a visa, invitation letters, transportation and where you should stay.

In addition, you will also learn how to city measures up compared to its two biggest competitors in the south; Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

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Trade Shows in Hong Kong 2017: A Complete Guide

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T-shirts and Plastic flowers may not longer be labeled as ‘Made in Hong Kong’, but the Chinese territory is still home to perhaps the best – and biggest – Trade shows in the world.

In this article, we explain what you must know about upcoming Hong Kong Trade Shows during the Spring and Fall 2017.

You will also learn everything you must know about getting to Hong Kong, including visa requirements and transportation.

Global Sources Exhibitions

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