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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.

1.Exhibition Area of Trades in Goods and Profile of the Exhibits

Reply:

Name of Exhibition AreaProfile of the Exhibits
High-end Intelligent EquipmentArtificial Intelligence, Industrial Automation & Robots, Digital Factories, IoT, Materials Processing & Molding Equipment, Industrial Parts & Components, ICT Equipment, Energy Conservation & Environmental Protection Equipment, New Energy, Power & Electrical Equipment, Aviation & Aerospace Technologies and Equipment, Power Transmission & Control Technologies, 3D Printing, etc.
Consumer Electronics & AppliancesMobile Devices, Smart Home, Smart Household Appliances, VR & AR, Video Games, Sports & Fitness, Audio, Video HD Devices, Life Technologies, Display Technologies, Online Games & Home Entertainments, Product & System Solutions, etc.
AutomobileIntelligent Drive Vehicles and Technologies, Intelligent Connected Vehicles and Technologies, New Energy Vehicles and Technologies, Brand Automobiles, etc.
Apparel, Accessories & Consumer GoodsApparel, Textiles, Silk Products, Kitchenware & Tableware, Homeware, Gifts, Home Decorations, Festival Products, Jewelry & Ornaments, Furniture, Infant & Children Products, Toys, Culture Products, Skincare, Hair Beauty & Personal Care Products, Sports & Leisure, Suitcases & Bags, Footwear & Accessories, Clocks & Watches, Ceramic & Glass Products, etc.
Food & Agricultural ProductsDairy, Meat, Seafood, Vegetable & Fruit, Tea & Coffee, Beverage & Liquor, Sweet & Snacks, Health Products, Condiment, Canned & Instant Food, etc.
Medical Equipment & Medical Care Products

Medical Device: Medical Imaging, Surgical Equipment & Devices, IVD, High Value Medical Disposables, Mobile Health & AI, Medical Device for Home Use,Medical Dressings,etc.

Bio & Pharmaceuticals: Pharmaceuticals, Herbal Medicines,etc. 

Health Products: Dietary Supplements, Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Fast Moving Consumer Goods with Health Function,etc.

Complementary Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM), Scarce TCM raw materials, Herbal Products, Aromatherapy Products,Products for Alternative & Complementary Medicine,etc. 

Beauty Care & Cosmetic Surgery: Medical & Beauty care Products, Device for Beauty Care & Cosmetic Surgery, Functional Cosmetics,etc. 

Welfare & Elderly Care Products: Advance Health Examination, Senior and Elderly Care Facilities, Welfare & Rehabilitation Equipment, Massage Devices,Physical Therapy Products,etc. 

Machinery: Pharmaceutical Equipment, Packaging Machinery, Drug Delivery Equipment for Hospital Use,etc. 

Others: Medical Devices Design and Software,etc.


2.Exhibition Area of Trade in Services and Profile of the Exhibits

Reply:

Name of Exhibition AreaProfile of the Exhibits
Emerging technologyInformation and communication technology,Intelligent manufacturing technology,Biomedical technology,Artificial intelligence technology,Chip technology,Green energy technology,Modern agricultural technology,Energy-saving and environmental protection technology,New material technology,Intelligent logistics technology,Big data technology,etc.
Service outsourcingInformation technology,Cloud service,Artificial intelligence,Supply chain,Digital transformation,Mobile internet,Big data analysis,Mass innovation and crowdsourcing,Smart city,Strategic consulting,etc.
Creative designIndustrial design,Architectural design,Graphic design,Fashion design,Individual creative design,etc.
Cultural & EducationAnimation production,Cultural art (sculpture, painting, music, dance, Chinese opera, etc.),Overseas intangible cultural heritages (folk art, folk music, folk dance, folk handicraft, etc.),Education-related service,etc.
Tourism serviceTourism resources,Travel routes,Characteristic scenic areas,Service of travel agencies,Hotel service,etc.
Logistics serviceOcean transportation,Land transportation,Air transportation,Multimodal transportation,Freight forwarding,Warehousing,Delivery,Information processing,etc.
Comprehensive serviceLegal service,Accounting service,Counseling service,Intellectual property service,exhibition service,etc.

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?

Reply: No.

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.

17.Booking Deadline

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.

1.What are the visitor categories at the first China International Import Expo?

Reply: Visitors at the 1st China International Import Expo are divided into two categories: professional visitors, and social visitors with appointments.

Professional visitors include domestic and overseas buyers, as well as professionals from domestic and overseas government bureaus, public institutions and social organizations. Professional visitors are divided into two categories: trading delegation professionals and independent professionals, depending on whether they are in a trading delegation. Visitors at the 1st China International Import Expo are mainly members from the trading delegations of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, cities specifically designated in the state plan and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (regional delegations), as well as central enterprise delegations.

Social visitors with appointments are the general social public with the intent to visit the 1st China International Import Expo, and they should have passed appointment verification.

2.How do professional visitors register for the Expo?

Reply: Professional visitors can register online for the Expo at the official site (www.ciie.org)- “Buyer” – “Registration”. After registration, you can look up relevant information at “Buyer” – “Visitor Sign Up”.

Trading delegations enjoy priority registration, and online registration for delegations has already opened. Professional visitors without a delegation or sub-delegation member identity at the moment can apply to join one of the delegations or sub-delegations to finish online registration.

Online registration for independent professional visitors without a delegation member identity will open in the future. For more updates, please follow the official site and the official WeChat account of the China International Import Expo.

All professional visitors must register online in advance, as the 1st China International Import Expo does not take on-site registration.

3.What matters should trading delegations pay attention to during registration?

Reply: Professional delegation visitors, including buyers, government officials, experts and scholars, and industrial organization professionals, need invitation codes to finish their registration at the CIIE official site.

The invitation codes are distributed according to the procedures of the China International Import Expo Bureau to the secretariats of trading delegations or sub-delegations, and then offered to professional visitors within the delegations by secretariats.

Invitation codes are exclusive for the specific trading delegations or sub-delegations. Invitation codes for delegations have a logical connection with those of their sub-delegations, and can be used by delegation secretariats for information lookup, the examining and management of professional visitors within the delegation, subsidiary sub-delegations and professional visitors within these sub-delegations. Sub-delegation secretariats can perform information lookup, examination and management of professional visitors within the sub-delegations using the invitation codes.

4.How do professional visitors apply to join a trading delegation?

Reply: Trading delegations of the 1st CIIE are mainly from provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, cities specifically designated in the state plan and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (regional delegations), as well as central enterprise delegations.

General professional visitors can apply to regional trading delegation secretariats for a delegation member identity according to the territoriality principle, acquire an invitation code and perform according to the delegation’s orders. Regional delegation secretariats are normally under the management of the provincial commercial departments.

Professional visitors with relationships with central enterprises can apply to central enterprise sub-delegation secretariats to join the trading sub-delegations according to their affiliations, acquire an invitation code and perform according to the sub-delegation’s orders. Central enterprise sub-delegation secretariats are normally under the management of the central enterprise headquarters.

We will post the contact information of relevant delegations as soon as possible.

5.Do professional visitors with an invitation need to register online?

Reply:Yes. The invitation code only refers to the association between the professional visitor and the delegation or sub-delegation; so the professional visitor should register online at the CIIE official website, provide relevant enterprise information and the personal information of the purchaser, and wait for the application to be verified before going to the Expo to visit and making purchases.

6.How do general public visitors register to visit the CIIE?

Reply: The 1st China International Import Expo only takes general public visitors’ visitations when they have made appointments and have passed verification. For more appointment details yet to be published, please follow the CIIE official website and the official WeChat account.

The 1st CIIE cannot accept visitations from general public visitors without verified appointments.

1.Temporary entry arrangement of people and exhibits during the Expo

Reply: During the Expo, relevant departments of Chinese government will energetically provide various guarantees and convenient services for clearance of exhibiters and exhibits.

2.How to apply for relevant certificates?

Reply: During the Expo, a certificate center will be set up to render certificate services for exhibiters and purchasers. Please refer to the exhibiters’ manual (offered after obtaining the exhibiters’ qualification) for details.

3.Is there a green channel for entry visa into China during the Expo?

Reply: The sponsor will negotiate with relevant embassies and consulates in China to offer visa services for foreign exhibiters who have passed the qualification check, and for the successful-registered purchasers from various countries to render necessary assistance and support.

4.Can exhibition expenses be settled in RMB?

Reply: During the Expo, all exhibition, service and other relevant expenses can be settled in RMB or other international currencies.

5.Will the organizer appoint specific service providers, e.g., logistics, custom clearance, booth construction, advertisement, etc.?

Reply: CIIE will appoint specific service providers, of which the final directory will be released after confirmation. Please pay attention to the official website.

1. What are the regulations on exhibits’ customs clearance? What are the formalities of exhibits’ customs declaration? (What procedures are needed to

Reply: The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) issued the Measures of the Customs of the People’s Republic of China for Goods Temporarily Imported or Exportedin December of 2017 [No. 233 Decree of GACC] to stipulate the import and export of exhibits.

For specific procedures ofclearing different exhibits, you may consult the official freight forwarders of the expo and entrust them to go through the procedures.

2. What procedures are required for exhibits to be transferred to other expositions after the Expo?

Reply:To transfer the exhibits to other exposition(s) after CIIE, the exhibitor is required to provide the approval(s) of the exposition(s) in question.

1. Is there a catalogue of CIIE exhibits exempted from inspection?

Reply:Entry exhibits and other non-tradable goods are exempted from inspection.

2. How can we declare the exhibits arriving by mail or express delivery or carried into China by person for inspection and quarantine?

Reply:You may declare the exhibits at the joint check points at the venue.

3. What are thelimits of quantity or value of products for tasting at the event?

Reply:A moderate number of exhibits are allowed to be consumed during the expo(exhibition). Please refer to the Administrative Measures on Supervision of Inspection and Quarantine of Entry-Exit Exhibits[2017 No.105 Decree]published by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) in December, 2017 for details.

1. What is the configuration ofincluded ina standard booth?

Reply:A standard booth comprises of long-beam spotlight * 4, power supplysocket * 1, tall glass cabinet (with lights) * 1, low cabinet * 1, flat shelf * 3, reception desk * 1, negotiating table * 1, folding chair * 4, wastepaper basket * 1 (and 1trough plate for apparel exhibitors).

2. If we book two or more standard booths, can we remodel them?

Reply:Remodeling is not recommended.

3. Can one or more standard booths be shared by multiple enterprises?

Reply:One standard booth can only be used by one enterprise in principle. If more than one enterprise intends to jointly participate in the expo, they need to submit an application to the organizer.

4. What is the height limit of a booth?

Reply:Pursuant to the existing rules of the venue, the height limit is 6 meters for a single-storey booth and 8.5 meters for a double-storey one.

5. Can exhibitors choose their exhibition areas? For example, can an intelligent furniture maker choose to display in the exhibition area of Apparel,

Reply:Exhibitors can choose their exhibition areas as befit their needs, but their exhibits must correspond to the exhibits profile of the chosen area.

6. What are the specific booth allocation principles and standards? Can exhibitors choose the location of their booths?

Reply:The Organizerwill allocate the booths according to the industry-specific plan of each area, the size, industrial clout of the enterprise, booth size and specific category of exhibits. The booths will be coordinated and allocated by the Organizer.

7. When will the final floor plan be available?

Reply:The Organizerwillprovidethe floor plan and release it to the exhibitors in a timely manner after the registration deadline (June 30, 2018). Some exhibition areas will be allocated ahead of schedule based on the actual registration.

8. What does the exhibition budget cover?

Reply:The exhibition budget covers booth rate, booth design and setup costs, facility rentals (including but not limited to utilities, Internet phones and conference rooms), super elevation drawing inspection charges and other service charges (including but not limited to advertising, exhibit forwarding, flowers and green plantsrentals, reception, translation, travel and accommodation).

1. Is there a name list of financial, insurance, set-upcontraction, transport and translation service providers recommended by the HostsOrganizer? Whe

Reply:The expo will select a group of premium service providers in the industries for the exhibitors to selectto facilitate the participation. The name list and the contacts will be released on the expo’s official website and through other channels. Please stay tuned.

2. What criteria should the exhibitors raw space contractorsmeet if the exhibitors wantthey tobring their own constructors contractorsto the site? Wha

Reply: We recommend that the exhibitors select their contractorsfrom the list of recommended providers in the Exhibitor’s Manual that has been released (standard booths will be built by the official constructors). Those exhibitors who intend to engagea contractorother than that in the list are required to file an application to the competent department of the expo and provide related documents (more specific requirements will be released later).

In addition, the booth set-up shall comply with relevant laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China and provisions in the Exhibitor’s Manual, including fire safety management, safe production management and utilities safety management. Those exhibitors who choose to select the contractorsother than those in the list shall pay the deposit for the site and related costs to the expo.

3. Is there any dedicated security service for high unit price but small exhibits, such as jewelries?

Reply:The Organizeris studying on and formulating plansand measures for professional supporting security services. Please follow more information on our official website.

4. We hope that the HostsOrganizermay display detailed information, drawings and photos and promotional videos of the venue posted in conspicuous loca

Reply:The expo’s official website has posted related information. In the section of “About Us,” there are venue information and promotional videos. The news videos can be found in the News section.

1. What is the maximum capacity of the venue?

Reply:National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) (NECC) has hosted a wealth of large expos with huge flow of visitors in a safe and orderly manner, such as China International Medical Equipment Fair and Auto Shanghai.As of now, the venue may receive 197,000 visitors at the maximum in a single day.