The China International Import Expo

In May 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China will hold the China International Import Expo (CIIE) from 2018.

This year, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is at its fifth edition and – just like in 2021 – it will be held in Shanghai between November 5 and 10. The excellence of Made in Italy will be displayed in different pavilions depending on the sector. 

It is a significant move for the Chinese government to hold CIIE to give firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world. It facilitates countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic cooperation and trade, and to promote global trade and world economic growth in order to make the world economy more open.

With the world’s largest population, China is the second largest economy, as well as the second biggest importer and first exporter in the world. Now China has entered a new development stage at which consumption keeps increasing, indicating enormous potential for the growth of consumption and import. In the next five years, China is expecting to import products and services valuing more than 10 trillion U.S. dollars, which provides a historic opportunity for enterprises across the world to enter the huge Chinese market.


The China International Import Expo is held at the National and Convention Center (Shanghai), the world’s largest single block building and exhibition complex with a total construction area of nearly 1.5 millioni m². Facilities at Nation and Convention Center (NECC) include include exhibition halls, the commercial plaza, office buildings and a hotel. These four facilities are linked together by an 8-meter-high elevated Exhibition Boulevard so that people can easily traverse these functional areas.

NECC covers a total area of of 500,000 m², including 400,000 m² indoor exhibition hall and 100,000 m² outdoor area. The indoor exhibition area consists of 13 big halls with each covering an area of 30,000 m², and 3 small halls with each covering an area of 10,000 m², all accessible to trucks. Over 60 fully-equipped conference rooms surround the exhibition halls.

Being about 1.5 km away from Hongqiao Transportation Hub, NECC (Shanghai) is linked to Hongqiao Airport and Hongqiao Railway Station by the city’s metro line. Because of the convenient national highway network, the major cities in the Yangtze River Delta region are easily reachable within 2 hours.