China invites chamber members to join int’l expo

China exhibitions

In a roadshow supported by the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, proponents and partners of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) invited business owners and chamber members to participate in the overseas trade fair.

CIIE is considered the only trade show in China to date that will feature foreign exhibitors and no China companies on the exhibit floor. According to Chinese President Xi Jinping, it is a major international event that shows China’s firm support to trade liberalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world.

The expo will be on November 5 to 10, 2018 at the National Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai, China. The deadline for application is April 30, 2018.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the CIIE will focus mainly on importation of goods and services to China. The section of trade in goods includes six exhibition areas: high and intelligent equipment; consumer electronics and appliances; automobile; apparel, accessories and consumer goods; food and agriculture productions; medical equipment and medical care products. The section of trade in services comprises of tourism services, emerging technologies, culture and education, creative design, and service outsourcing.

The DTI, in partnership with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Bank of China, and the Chinese Embassy in Manila, organized a series of roadshows in Manila, Cebu, and Davao to promote the CIIE.

With China aiming to import US$ 5 trillion worth of products and services worldwide within a 5-year period, the CIIE becomes a great trade opportunity for businesses worldwide to enter the huge Chinese market.

China is the largest country in the world with a population of 1.42 billion in 2018, and the second largest economy. It is also the second largest importer and consumer in the world.

The Philippines’ total merchandise trade with China continues to rise and it has become the country’s top bilateral trading partner, surpassing Japan in 2016. The country’s exports to China grew by 8.4 percent, with top exports mostly being electronic products, according to China Daily in February 2018.

“During the CIIE, there will be around 150,000 buyers, and no Chinese competition. You have a big market ready to buy your products,” said Consul General Shi Yong of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China during the roadshow last March 20 at Harolds Hotel Cebu.

For more information, reach out to the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions through 831-2201 ext. 257 or 243 and look for Rowena Mendoza ( or Eva Mariquina (

If you are interested to join the CIIE, please contact the MCCI Secretariat at (032) 343 3491 or (032) 236 8245 and look for Cyruz Honoridez. #

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