November 1956 The Exhibition of Chinese Export Commodities, the precedent of the Chinese
Export Commodities Fair, was held from November 10, 1956 to January 9, 1957 in
Guangzhou. To mark this event, the "People's Daily" carried an editorial,
expounding the great significance political as well as eionomic, of the
Exhibition. It prepared the grounds for the official establishment of the Chi-
the Exhibition. It prepared the grounds for the official establishment of the
Chinese Export Commodities Fair.
March 1957 The Exhibition Hall of Chinese Export Commodities was established as a
permanent administrative office, which was led by the Commissioner's Office of
the Ministry of Foreign Trade, as well as the Foreign Trade Bureau of Guangdong
April 15, 1957 to May 15 The Chinese Export Commodities Fair was held in the Sino-Soviet Friendship
Building. Participating in this Fair were 13 Trading Delegations, with over 10,
000 kinds of export commodities. It was attended by 1233 foreign business people
from 19 countries and regions-mainly from Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. The
export turns over: US$ 17.54 million.
Spring Fair, 1958 The Fair was moved from the Sino-Soviet Friendship Building to the new
Exhibition Hall of Chinese Export Commodities at 76-88 Nandi Damalu (now 2
Qiaoguang Road). The title was written by Vice Premier Chen Yi.
Spring Fair, 1959 A document was drawn up, which was entitled "How to organize supplies for
the Chinese Export Commodities Fair (spring), 1959".This document stipulated
that the Trading Delegations should conduct business transactions in a
centralized way. This fair was visited by 2, 256 foreign business people from 36
countries and regions. Export turnover: US$l50 million. Import: US$l2. 29
Autumn Fair, 1959 The Fair was moved to the Exhibition Hall at Qiyi Road.The total
construction area was as many as 40, 000 square metres, 2.7 times as large as
the Exhibition Hall at Qiaoguang Road.
Autumn Fair, 1964 The Fair was visited by Zhu De, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the
People's Congress, and Dong Biwu, Vice-president of the People's Republic of
Spring, 1967 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issued a document,
demanding a smooth proceeding of the Chinese Export Commodities Fair.
Spring Fair, 1967 Premier Zhou Enlai inspected the Fair. He persuaded the Mass Organizations
in to co-operating for a smooth Fair.
Spring Fair, 1970 Premier Zhou Enlai inspected the exhibition halls of the Chinese Export
Autumn Fair, 1971 Spring Fair and Autumn Fair, 1972: Vice-premier Li Xiannian
inspected the Fair three times in a now.
February, 1972 the State Council, the Chinese Export Commodities Fair (spring), 1972 sent
invitations to 38 US companies. 42 US business men came to attend the Fair for
the first time in more than 20 years since the Sino-US trade was severed.
Spring Fair, 1972 Premier Zhou Enlai received the representatives of the Fair.
Spring Fair, 1974 The Fair was moved for the third time, and this time was from Haizhu Square
to the present Fair Complex at Liuhua Road. Occupying an area of 97, 917 sq. M.,
with a construction area of 110, 492 sq. M., the new Fair Complex included three
open grounds, that is, the East Sq., the West Sq., and the South Sq., the title
Chinese characters " Chinese Export Commodities Fair' on the front glass wall
were written by Guo Moro, a famous Chinese scholar.
Spring Fair, 1978 The Ministry of Foreign Trade issued a circular entitled "Circular
Concerning the Regulations Governing Processing Supplied Materials" to the Fair.
It was then that business for Toll Processing began to be discussed at the
Fair.1980 China Foreign Trade Centre was approved by the State Council as the
Fair's permanent administrative organ.
Spring Fair, 1980 In 1979, the Chinese Government put forth a proposal concerning the trade
with Taiwan. According to the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the
Guangzhou Trade Fair may negotiate business with Taiwan through Chinese
merchants resident in Hong Kong, Macau or overseas. Trade with Taiwan then began
at the Fair.
Spring Fair, 1982 The Fair's Duration of 30 days was shortened to 20 days.
Spring Fair, 1983 Foreign-funded enterprises joined in export transactions at the Fair for the
1984-1985 The Fair won the Italian award "Gold Murcury International" and the Spanish
award "International Trade Award".
Spring Fair, 1985 Part General Secretary Hu Yaobang and Vice-premier Yao Yilin inspected the
Fair on separate occasions. Hu Yaobang wrote an inscription in favour of the
Fair:" The Guangzhou Trade Fair should make friends extensively and expand its
business to all over the world on the basis of mutual benefit".
Autumn Fair, 1985 U. S. Vice-president Mr. Bush visited the Fair.
Autumn Fair, 1986 (60th Session) The Fair put in a sum as large as RMB 60 million Yuan for the renovation and
decoration of the Fair Building. There were celebrations to mark the occasion,
Premier Zhao Ziyang inspected the Fair and opened the session by cutting the
Spring Fair, 1987 Mr. Hilva, Premier of Portugal; L. Schitlogal, Premier of Chekoslovakia;
Mohammed Seid Atal, Vice-premier of the Arab Republic of Yemen, Visited the Fair
on separate occasions Wan Li, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's
Congress inspected the Fair.
Spring Fair, 1988 Vice-premier Tian Jiyun inspected the Fair and wrote an inscription: " Fire
the first shot successfully in the Year of Dragon, and create more and more
Spring Fair, 1989 Altogether 19 Trading Delegations participated in the Fair, including
newly-formed Special Economic Zone Trading Delegations comprising Xiamen,
Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou and Hainan.
Autumn Fair, 1991(70th Session) Premier Li Peng, Vice-premiers Tian Jiyun and Chen Muhua inspected the Fair
on separate occasions. Premier Li Peng opened the Fair by Cutting the Ribbon.
Spring Fair, 1993 (73rd Session) The Trading Delegations began to be formed by the provinces and
municipalities rather than by the national trading corporations, and the
exhibition halls were arranged by Trading Delegations. Thus, the time-honored
formula was broken. 45 Trading Delegations participated in this Fair. Light
Industrial Products and Textiles Fair was mounted on trial basis. The Fair's
duration was shortened from fifteen days to ten.
Autumn Fair, 1993 The Fair's Duration was recovered from ten days to fifteen.
Spring and Autumn Fair, 1994 Vice-premier Li Lanqing inspected the Fair.
Autumn Fair, 1994 (76th Session) Another major reformative measure was taken regarding the formation of the
Fair. According to the new format, the Trading Delegations were to be formed by
different provinces and municipalities; the exhibition halls, by Chambers of
Commerce. While Trading Delegations and exhibition halls were to be integrated,
the exhibitions were to be arranged according to different trades. The 45
Trading Delegations remained unchanged. Six Specialized Exhibition Halls were
set up. The exhibition space, including the sub-halls, came up to 160,000 square
metres, spacious enough for 5,500 standard booths. The attendance exceeded
50,000 people, who came from 140 countries and regions of the whole world. The
export turnover exceeded US$ l0 billion, the increase coming mainly from
Autumn Fair, 1996(80th Session) The Fair put in a huge sum of money for the renovation and decoration of the
Fair complex. Greater efforts were made to invite more business organization; of
fame and more high-ranking trade delegations to the Fair. Party and State
leaders came in person to offer congratulations on the Fair.