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Traditional trade fair embraces online platform

By Qiu Quanlin and He Wei in Guangzhou (China Daily) Updated: 2014-06-10 07:26

Cross-border e-commerce platforms are getting better positioned to identify needs and match Chinese exporters with foreign customers, industry experts said.

John Lin, vice-president of eBay Inc, said his firm empowers Chinese enterprises to sell more effectively and efficiently around the world by providing global marketplaces and payment platforms used by millions of consumers.

"To better promote cross-border trade in China, eBay China has established a team that provides cross-border trade certification, business consulting, online and offline training, logistics solutions and other services," he told China Daily.

Even organizers of the Canton Fair, a bellwether of China's trade climate, are feeling the pinch from online rivals. They have launched a similar platform,, to promote trade on the Internet.

Su Jiatao, director of the international department of Canton Fair E-Commerce Co, said the platform has proven to be effective in matching domestic exporters with overseas buyers.

"Booming e-commerce has brought about not only huge challenges to traditional trade models but also opportunities to the trade fair," Su told China Daily.

More than 23,000 global buyers became new members of the e-commerce platform during the 115th Canton Fair, which concluded in early May, according to Su.

The Canton Fair e-commerce platform, which was launched during the expo's spring session last year, accumulated about 70,000 bona fide business orders during the 115th Canton Fair, up 70 percent from the previous session, according to Su.

"As an important complement to the traditional fair, the e-commerce platform has greatly increased trade efficiency and boosted global buyers' interest in Chinese goods," Su said.

Su said the e-commerce company also took overseas buyers on visits to the production bases of Chinese suppliers, which helped boosted orders.

The company organized a team of 300 consultants and more than 100 self-service terminals and 300 mobile tablets at the fair to give global buyers better access to information about Chinese exporters.

"Consultants helped me by simplifying the complicated sourcing process," said a Pakistan buyer surnamed Alihazrat. "The online service is a good boost to trade efficiency."

According to Liu Jianjun, spokesman for the Canton Fair, the e-commerce platform will soon open cross-border payment services.

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