The Ultimate Guide to Global Sources Hong Kong Exhibition – Free eBook Tools, Tips & Strategies to get the most out of your Global Sources Show Visit

I still remember the first time I came to China. I used to work in Beijing and was looking to set up a business that had something to do with international trade but that’s pretty much all I knew. I had no clear plan for my business model or an understanding of what value I could offer.

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What I did know was that the best way to look for answers and inspiration would be by attending a lot of trade fairs. Global Sources show & the Canton Fair were some of the first ones I attended because they are by far the biggest and strategically timed in a way that with the right planning visitors can attend both of them in a single visit.

This was a real eye-opening experience for me & I went back with tons of inspiration and some knowledge.

Fast forward a few months from these visits. I moved to Guangzhou and have since attended both these trade shows on countless occasions. At my company, IMEX Sourcing Services, we don’t really use the fairs so much for sourcing but they are a great source of information about how the market is changing & the general mood of the market.

I have shared everything I had to share about the Canton Fair in an eBook earlier, that you can find here, so it was high time I did one for my other favorite sourcing exhibition, i.e. the Global Sources Hong Kong Exhibition and hence this eBook.

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I hope this eBook can serve as a valuable resource for all things “Global Sources”. I address the basic questions that any visitor to the fair would have: travelling to the fair, hotels, food, etc. and then some tips & tactics on finding the right suppliers, differentiating between factories & traders so you can get maximum value out of your visit & can minimize the (unpleasant) surprises that come with a “learn as you go” approach.I also touch open the various facets of the Global Sources B2B platform and how it integrates with the fair.

Hopefully the ebook will help you decide if a visit to the Global Sources show is worth your time and help you prepare and plan for it so that you can maximize your return from a visit to the Canton Fair.

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If you read the Canton Fair eBook before, you will find some overlap between the two as some of the information like “differentiating between manufacturers & traders at the fairs”, preparing for the fair, etc. can be used for any trade fair, therefore, feel free to skip these sections.

In this eBook you will get:

  • 5 Reasons why I love the Global Sources Show
  • 5 Tips about Global Sources Shows that will make you a smart cookie
  • How reliable are suppliers at the Global Sources Exhibitions?
  • Details of Exhibition sessions and industries covered
  • The Ultimate Global Sources Show Checklist
  • Preparing for the Global sources exhibition
    • Determining your goals
    • Pre-Visit Research
    • Getting quotes from suppliers before your visit
    • Mastering the product & standing out as a hot prospect
    • Questions to ask suppliers at the fair
    • Recommendations for Travel & Hotels
    • Visa information
    • Things to carry with you
    • Do you need an interpreter for the show?
  • During the Global Sources How:
    • Different transport options for getting to AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong.
    • What to wear at the show
    • Exhibition venue decoded
    • Online services & the Global Sources App
    • Best Places to Eat Out and Enjoy Hong Kong Nightlife
    • Useful travel Tools & Emergency Numbers.
  • Preparing for your trip back home
    • Following up with suppliers

And lots more!

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I am sure after reading this eBook you will still have questions about the Global Sources Exhibitions that may not have been answered. Please feel free to use the comments section under this post and I will try my best to respond to your questions.

Ashish is the founder of IMEX Sourcing Services, a sourcing & QC company helping people importing from China manage their costs & risks as well as develop new products. Ashish also does consultancy work in the field of International Trade & Import Risk Management & loves to write during his free time.

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  • Hi Sjovar,

    There are definitely no guarantees :). Finding a unique product (especially in an age where information spreads like wildfire) is never easy. You also dont need to have a truly unique product to have a market. You can find products with low competition and customize them enough to come up with a unique variation.

  • PeterZ

    Each buyer will have a different answer to that question. Some buyers prefer Canton. Some prefer the Hong Kong shows (both Global Sources and HKTDC). Many goto multiple shows. Here are factors I would consider:
    1) What product category are you sourcing. Each show has different strengths.
    2) How much travel time do you have. Many people visit multiple shows to at least get a feel for each show.

    I’ve heard from other buyers:
    1) The Hong Kong shows have supplier with higher quality product and more export experience.
    2) The Canton show has more booths.
    3) When you are outside the show, Guangzhou (Chinese speaking) is harder to get around than Hong Kong (English speaking)
    4) The Hong Kong shows have more than enough suppliers to find good product.
    5) The Global Sources show tends to have more China based Manufacturers, where the HKTDC show tends to have more Hong Kong based companies that do manufacturing in China.
    6) You need a visa for China…you generally don’t need one for Hong Kong…

    You can see a calendar of the main April 2016 shows here:
    http://www.smartchinasourcing.com/home/china-trade-fairs/2501-trade-shows-in-hong-kong-guangzhou-april-2016.html

  • PeterZ

    Benefits of coming to a show vs. sourcing online:
    1) Can touch and feel the suppliers products.
    2) Can touch and feel products in the same product range for many suppliers at the same time.
    3) Supplier takes you more seriously, because you invested in visiting a show.
    4) Face-to-face meeting with your contact which builds the relationship.
    5) Some suppliers will show products at the show that they don’t market online.
    6) Some suppliers at the show do not market their products online.

    Of course online is good too because you can source year round. Or contact suppliers before the show and then visit them face-to-face.

  • Sjovar

    I have visited the Canton Fair for a couple of times now and have never been visited any of the GS trade fair shows and I’m considering it this year depending on funds availability. Are there any guarantees that I can find new/unique products with unsaturated market?

  • Linda Joseph

    I’ve visited the GS website and have noticed that they work much like the Alibaba website. If they have a comprehensive system for supplier sourcing what would be the advantages of coming down to the exhibition?

  • Lenka Arlelt

    What exactly is the difference between Canton Fair and the Global sources show? I mean if I’m a small importer and I only have the means to visit one show which would you recommend more? Will there be difference when it comes to product displays, etc I mean what can I see on the their exhibition which is not on the Canton Fair?