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Chronicle of Events of Chinese Export Commodities Fair
2002/11/19 0:00:00 Source:Chinese Export Commodities Fair

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 Province.

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 million.

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 China.

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 Commodities Fair.
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 first time.

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 Ribbon.

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 foreign exchange."

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 overseas countries.

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.


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