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CCBEC returns in September to help industry players get set for a new era in cross-border e-commerce

Since the pandemic, the cross-border e-commerce market has expanded its role as a driver of foreign trade.

Building on the huge success of last year’s inaugural edition, China (Shenzhen) Cross-Border E-Commerce Fair (CCBEC) is preparing for its highly anticipated 2022 show, which will return from 14 – 16 September. Against a backdrop of favorable government policies, all signs are pointing towards a new wave of growth in the cross-border e-commerce industry, and the 2022 show will help business leaders capitalise on this wealth of opportunities. Covering three major segments: suppliers, cross-border service providers and e-commerce platforms, the show is poised to enhance the integration of consumer goods, information consulting and service platforms within the industry.

Since the pandemic, the cross-border e-commerce market has expanded its role as a driver of foreign trade. Also contributing to an ideal climate for growth are positive government policies. For instance, the Chinese government’s 14th Five-Year Plan presents e-commerce development as a new model for foreign trade. It is anticipated that the number of employees involved in the sector will reach 70 million and that cross-border transaction volumes will increase to USD 395 billion by 2025.

It’s no wonder why many SMEs, especially exporters, are putting more effort into the field to succeed. Seeing this winning combination of surging market demand and favorable policies, business leaders are determined to seize opportunities in the international e-commerce market. More than 1,000 leading suppliers, cross-border e-commerce platforms and service providers have already confirmed their participation well in advance of this September’s show, which will be staged at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center.

Discussing the upcoming fair, Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager at Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, says: “The highly positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors are evidence of CCBEC’s market value. The show’s scale and the presence of quality suppliers covering almost every goods and service category are what give CCBEC its competitive edge and captures the industry’s attention. The fair not only helps conventional exporters go digital, but also delivers a one-stop solution hub of tools for suppliers to export their products. This year, we will play host to an expected 2,500 exhibitors from the entire industry to showcase their latest products and services across 100,000 sqm of exhibition space.”

Favorable policies continue to be implemented
In February China’s State Council approved plans to establish cross-border e-commerce pilot zones in 27 cities and regions across the country. The addition takes China’s total to 132 pilot zones, including 21 in Guangdong which ranks top in the country. Shenzhen, located in Guangdong province, is regarded as China’s major cross-border e-commerce hub thanks to its geographical advantages and abundant industry resources. While transactions are slowing for traditional foreign trade exporters, Shenzhen’s cross-border e-commerce market is rising, which is seen as a new driving force for the city’s economic growth.

The ongoing supporting initiatives reflect the importance of the cross-border e-commerce industry to the country’s economic development. Participating in CCBEC yields all sorts of benefits for industry players, allowing them to conduct business and glean more information about the industry’s development as well as policies and regulations that they need to know about in order to navigate this unprecedented era. We look forward to seeing more companies thrive in this new industry landscape,” says Mr Jin Qiao, General Manager of China Merchants Exhibition Management (Shenzhen) Co Ltd.

Discussing the opportunities presented by the show, Mr David Sun, Business Development Manager for Jiangsu Boaxiang Sports Equipment Co Ltd explains: “In recent years, our company has aligned its growth strategy with the national policies and made huge efforts to develop our cross-border e-commerce business.  In 2021, we were glad to participate in the show. We were impressed by the city where we can benefit from the vibrant cross-border e-commerce atmosphere. We are able to get a better understanding of the latest policies and market demands, and we also hope to get more inspiration with the help of CCBEC so that our business direction is well planned-out.”

Adding extra value to the show, a series of fringe events are lined up for exhibitors and visitors, covering five major areas: industry development, policy and regulations, marketing strategies, supporting services, as well as investment and financing. Running both at the fairground as well as online before the show opens, the fringe programme offers practical guidance, aiming to provide effective solutions to the pain points that industry practitioners are facing.

Attracting a large number of high-profile local and overseas e-commerce platforms and service providers, CCBEC not only supports Chinese suppliers to extend their reach into overseas markets, but also encourages international brands to tap into the Chinese market.

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