Foreign participants check a mask manufacturing machine at the Shanghai International Epidemic Prevention Materials Exhibition 2020 on Tuesday.
An exhibition and trade fair of epidemic prevention materials opened in Shanghai on Tuesday with global buyers able to purchase supplies directly from Chinese manufacturers.
The Shanghai International Epidemic Prevention Materials Exhibition 2020 and Global Epidemic Prevention Materials Trade Fair are being held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center through Wednesday. The event is organized by the China Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Association and Shanghai Golden Commercial Exhibition Co.
It aims to create a purchase platform and assist the global fight against COVID-19. Chinese manufacturers can showcase their products and new technologies at the event, which is expected to boost the nation's export confidence, according to the organizers.
Over 500 domestic manufacturers are showing their latest COVID-19 prevention products and services, including masks, gloves, hazmat suits, goggles, infrared thermometers, disinfectants and breathing machines.
A foreign buyer talks to a domestic manufacturer at the exhibition.
Foreign buyers talk to a domestic manufacturer at the exhibition.
Participating companies have been strictly screened. They were required to show their licenses, certificates and evaluation reports to ensure the quality of their products, the organizers said.
An overseas market expansion seminar was held on Tuesday as part of the event. China's customs and quarantine authorities outlined the latest export regulations and inspection policies for manufacturers.
A purchasing center has been set up on the sidelines of the exhibition for overseas buyers to talk to manufacturers. Many international organizations, overseas organs based in China, foreign chambers of commerce and trade companies signed purchasing deals.
Chinese companies have become the major manufacturers of COVID-19 prevention materials since the outbreak early this year. Domestic production capacity of supplies such as breathing machines, hazmat suits and masks have been rapidly restored and products are being exported worldwide to help the fight against the pandemic, according to the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association.
China saw its foreign trade rise 6.5 percent year on year in July, with exports up 10.4 percent. Exports of textiles, including face masks, surged 32.4 percent in the first half from a year earlier.
Officials launch the Shanghai International Epidemic Prevention Materials Exhibition 2020 and Global Epidemic Prevention Materials Trade Fair on Tuesday.
Editor: Cai Wenjun