Here we want to introduce the great exhibition—China International Import Expo. It’s one of the biggest expo for exporting products to Chinese market.
Overview of China International Import Expo
In May 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China will hold China International Import Expo (CIIE) starting from 2018.
To hold CIIE is a significant move for the Chinese government to push forward a new round of high-level opening-up, and an important measure to actively open the Chinese market to the world. Chinese economy now has shifted to the stage of high-quality development from the stage of rapid growth, and the demand for high quality and featured commodities and services is becoming increasingly strong. Hosting CIIE is to create an open platform for international cooperation where all countries may present their national image and conduct cooperation in international trade through opening up and sharing Chinese market. This not only helps satisfy the demand of Chinese people for a better life, but also promotes all countries to develop trade and open up the market, further advance economic globalization and an open world economy so as to build a community of shared future for mankind.
1.Time and Venue
Reply: The first CIIE will be held at National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) from 5 to 10, November 2018, address: No. 333, Songze Avenue, Qingpu District, Shanghai, PRC.
2.Hosts, Supporters and Organizers
Reply: The CIIE will be jointly hosted by The Ministry of Commerce of PRC and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, supported by such international organizations as WTO, UNCTAD and UNIDO and organized by CIIE Bureau and National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
3.Scale of CIIE
Reply: The total exhibition area is over 240,000 ㎡, including the Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment (30,000 ㎡) and Enterprise and Business Exhibition (210,000 ㎡). The first “Hongqiao International Trade Forum” will also be hosted and the supporting activities such as supply-demand matchmaking meetings, seminars and product releases will be held during the Expo. Professional purchasers from over 100 countries and regions are expected to participate in the first CIIE.
4.About the Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment
Reply: The Area is about 30,000 ㎡. The relevant countries and regions will be invited to participate in CIIE to showcase their development achievements of trade and investment, including trades in goods and services, industries, investment and tourism, as well as representative products of the country or region with distinct features. It is exclusively reserved for country exhibitions, not for business transactions. During the first CIIE, Chinese government will provide the raw space free of charge for all countries joining the Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment and necessary aid and support for developing countries, especially the least developed countries.
5.About the Enterprise and Business Exhibition
Reply: The Area consists of two sections: trades in goods and services. The section of trade in goods includes 6 exhibition areas: High-end Intelligent Equipment; Consumer Electronics & Appliances; Automobile; Apparel, Accessories & Consumer Goods; Food & Agricultural Products; Medical Equipment & Medical Care Products. The section of trade in services comprises 7 exhibition areas: Emerging technology, Service Outsourcing, Creative Design, Culture & Education, Tourism service, Logistics service and Comprehensive service.
6.Highlights of CIIE
Reply: 1. China is a huge market where the consumption and import grow rapidly. With the world’s largest population, China is the second largest economy, as well as the second largest importer and consumer in the world. Now China has entered a new development stage at which consumption keeps increasing, indicating enormous potential for the growth of consumption and import. In the next five years, China is expected to import products and services valuing more than 10 trillion U.S. dollars, which provides a historic opportunity for enterprises across the world to enter the huge Chinese market. 2. As a trade center of China, Shanghai boasts an ideal location. Located in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, Shanghai enjoys favorable location advantage, great economic strength, well-developed service industries and the ability to allocate global resources. The container throughput of Shanghai Port has been ranking the first place for seven consecutive years. The passenger throughput of airport exceeds 100 million, with flight network covering 282 cities around the world. 3. The large exhibition is equipped with diversified and targeted supporting activities. Enterprises from over 100 countries and regions are expected to participate in the first CIIE. Supporting activities such as supply-demand matchmaking meetings, seminars and product releases will be held during the Expo. 4. Multiple measures will guarantee all-round and effective service. The CIIE will facilitate participation in terms of customs clearance, inspection and quarantine, provide long-term one-stop transaction services online and offline, and strengthen protection of intellectual property rights to safeguard the rights and interests of merchants. 5. There is strong purchase demand and a large number of professional purchasers. The CIIE will invite Chinese enterprises from across country to come to do business in the unit of province, autonomous region and municipality directly under the central government. Merchants from numerous countries will also be invited to the Expo.
7.Overview of the venue
Reply: The National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) is located in the core area of Shanghai Hongqiao Business District, 1.5 km away from Hongqiao Transportation Hub. It is linked to Hongqiao Airport and Hongqiao Railway Station via highways and the city’s metro line. NECC (Shanghai) is the world’s largest single block building and exhibition complex with a total construction area of nearly 1.5 million ㎡. Facilities at NECC (Shanghai) include exhibition halls, the commercial plaza, office buildings and a hotel. It has a total area of 500,000 ㎡, including 400,000 ㎡ indoor exhibition hall and 100,000 ㎡ outdoor area, with fully-equipped conference rooms surround the exhibition halls.
8.Main exhibitions held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) in recent years:
Reply: About 100 world-class exhibitions, including Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers, have been held in the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) since 2015. Nearly 70 exhibitions were held in 2017 with an exhibition area of about 4.7 million ㎡ and about 4.3 million merchants from all over the world were received throughout the year. These exhibitions mainly include Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, China International Industry Fair, THIS(the Health Industry Summit), China International Trade fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories, China International Fashion Fair, Shanghai International Fashion Parenting Industry Fair, China (Shanghai) International Furniture Fair, Shanghai International Auto Parts Exhibition, etc.
FAQ of the expo
1.Exhibition Area of Trades in Goods and Profile of the Exhibits
- High-end Intelligent Equipment
- Consumer Electronics & Appliances
- Apparel, Accessories & Consumer Goods
- Food & Agricultural Products
- Medical Equipment & Medical Care Products
2.Exhibition Area of Trade in Services and Profile of the Exhibits
- Emerging technology
- Service outsourcing
- Creative design
- Cultural & Education
- Tourism service
- Logistics service
- Comprehensive service
3.What kind of enterprises can participate in the Expo?
Reply: Legal and effective corporate enterprises registered outside the mainland China (hereinafter referred to as “overseas”, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).
4.What kind of exhibits and services (hereinafter referred to as exhibits) can be exhibited?
Reply: 1. Exhibition area of trade in goods: Goods that are within the scope of the prescribed exhibits and manufactured overseas (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan). 2. Exhibition area of trade in services: services that are within the scope of the prescribed scope and provided from overseas (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).
5.Whether CIIE is only for some countries of the world?
Reply: Until now, we have sent out invitations to more than 200 trading partners around the world, and we sincerely invite enterprises from all countries and regional of the world to attend the Expo and share the development opportunities of China.
6.If the exhibits provided by overseas enterprises are not within the specified scope, can they participate in the Expo?
Reply: The exhibition range of the first CIIE now covers more than 100 categories of goods and service products. According to the enrollment situation of exhibitors and the demand situation of Chinese enterprises and consumers, we will adjust the exhibition area and exhibition range of trade in goods and services. Enterprises from all countries are welcome to enroll for the Expo and demonstrate their high-quality goods and service. The exhibition range adjustment is subject to the official website of CIIE.
7.Whether foreign enterprises can designate their enterprises or representative offices established in China to participate in the Expo?
Reply: CIIE sincerely invites overseas-registered enterprises from all countries and regions (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) to participate in the Expo. As an exposition characterized by imports, we do not invite enterprises in China established by overseas (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) enterprises with joint venture, cooperation and sole proprietorship, as well as the representative offices set up in China.
8.Whether enterprises from Hong Kong, China and Macao, China can participate in CIIE?
Reply: The economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between The mainland of China and Hong Kong and Macao are increasingly close, and they are important trading partners of each other. Enterprises from Hong Kong and Macao are welcome to participate in CIIE as exhibitors or purchasers, and share the development opportunities of our motherland, and let us create a better future together.
9.Whether enterprises from Taiwan of China can participate in CIIE?
Reply: Taiwan of China has always been an important trade partner of the mainland of China, and the economic and trade relations between the two sides are close. Enterprises from Taiwan are welcome to participate in CIIE as exhibitors or purchasers and share the development opportunities of the mainland to jointly create a better future.
10.Whether enterprises in China can apply for participating in the Expo?
Reply: Under the principles of fairness and consistency, enterprises in China, regardless of state-owned, private or foreign capital enterprises, are not invited to participate in the Expo.
11.Whether exhibitors’ products manufactured in China can be exhibited?
12.Book Rates of Standard Booth and Raw Space.
Reply: The booth rates for a standard booth are 3,000 USD / 9㎡, and the booth rates for a raw space are 300 USD /㎡ (the minimum area is 36㎡). If the booth is booked by January 31, 2018, a discount of 20% can be provided, i.e., the booth rates for a standard booth are 2,400 USD / 9㎡ and for a raw space are 240 USD /㎡ (the minimum area is 36㎡).
13.Are there any supportive polices for the exhibitors from the least developed countries?
Reply: There is 20% discount for the raw spaces and standard booths’ booth rates. (This can be used in conjunction with the discount for booking before January 31, 2018, namely a total discount of 36%). At the same time, each of these countries will be provided with two standard booths free of charge.
14.Are there any other preferential measures?
Reply: The enterprises with a booth area of above 500 square meters will be provided a discount of 10% for the booth rates for raw spaces and standard booths (This can be used in conjunction with the discount for booking before January 31, 2018, namely a total discount of 28%).
15.Will 20% discount be valid after Jan. 31, 2018 for booth fees?
Reply: After Jan. 31, 2018, it won’t be valid. However, the enterprises with a booth area of above 500㎡ can still enjoy 10% discount for the booth rates for the raw space and standard booth. We hope the exhibiters interested in the Expo lose no time in booking before the deadline.
16.Booking Methods for Exhibitors
Reply: 1. Mainly via the official website of CIIE; 2; contact CIIE via special service agencies designated by foreign governments; 3. contact CIIE via other ways published by Chinese government; 4. visit and book on site.
Reply: The booking deadline is June 30, 2018.
18.How do I know that I have made a successful booking? How to pay booth rates?
Reply: The exhibiter who has made a successful booking will receive a receipt. Payment should be made according to the date specified in the contract.
19.Are booths arranged as per nationality?
Reply: For the convenience of purchasers to visit the Expo effectively as per trades and product types, the enterprise booths of the first CIIE will be arranged as per trades and products in principle. Similar exhibits from the same country or region may be concentrated in the same exhibition area as per actual situation.
20.Can exhibiters choose the booth location by themselves?
Reply: To guarantee exhibition effect, general arrangement of the Enterprise and Business Exhibition will be made according to the common practices of international exhibition based on the booking.
- China International Import Expo Bureau
- National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.