NE border city gears up to host trade fair
The 2013 China (Suifenhe) International Port Trade Fair is scheduled to open on Aug 8 in the border city of Heilongjiang province.
China’s first port- themed professional international trade fair, the show is drawing much attention from around the country and abroad.
The fair aims to establish a reputation as a high-end trading platform for strengthening port cooperation and promoting trade development, organizers said.
Drawing on the geographical advantages of the northeastern province and the host city’s port resources, the event will facilitate trade and investment while serving as a medium for information exchange and promoting regional collaboration in Northeast Asia, especially between China and Russia, they added.
The organizers have invited a number of Chinese and foreign representatives of trade companies and port cities.
Overseas participants mainly hail from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and Southeast Asia.
After the press conference in Beijing in December 2012, a series of promotional activities have been held to attract more participants, and the Suifenhe fair was also publicized among 200 well- known companies during the 113th Canton Fair in Guangdong province this spring.
The intensive promotional efforts sparked the interest of a number of Russian companies, which plan to send delegations. More than 30 have signed up for exhibition, including the Russian Far East Instrument Co and a branch of Russian Railway Logistics in Vladivostok.
Other exhibitors include Xiamen Yaobang Trading Co, Shaoxing Kaiyu Textile Co, Shanghai Songfu Packaging Material Co, Malaysia Chekhop White Coffee Co, Beijing Huaxinou Garments Co and the China National Automotive Industry International Corporation.
More than 1,000 Chinese and foreign exhibitors involved in foreign trade as well as trade-oriented processing businesses and services will showcase their brands and about 10,000 kinds of products in a nearly 40,000-squaremeter exhibition area.
Some 30,000 professional purchasers from the Far East, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia have confirmed their participation.
The upcoming exhibition will consist of five major sections — image of port cities, energy and materials, electronics and consumer goods, environmental protection and high technology, mechanical and electrical products and cultural tourism.
A series of forums will also be held concurrently. They include China International Port Development Forum, Ports of Sino-Russian Bilateral Development Forum, Sea Cargo Transport Cooperation Development of Russia, Japan, South Korea and China Forum and the International Trade Enterprises Procurement Matchmaking Symposium. Dong Wenya contributed to this story.
Russian travelers shop in Suifenhe, the host city of the upcoming port-themed trade fair.