On the afternoon of Apr. 10, Yiwu held a press conference for the China International E-commerce Expo 2018 and the First Digital Trade Expo & the World E-commerce Conference 2018. More than 60 news media from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc. attended the conference for interview. The Expo this year attracted 1,102 exhibitors from regions and countries, including the US, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and India, and 19 cities (provinces) of China. Among the exhibitors, 94% were from regions outside Yiwu City and 75% from regions outside Zhejiang Province. The exhibitors also included 123 cross-border e-commerce companies, as well as well-known e-commerce companies like Amazon, Google, Alibaba, JD.com, Netease, Baidu, SF Express, Singapore Shopee, Japan GMO, and Korea Quark.
On the afternoon of Apr. 11, the "New Foreign Trade • Create the Future" Yiwu Cross-border E-commerce Eco-summit 2018 was held in Hall C2 of Yiwu International Expo Center and participated in by more than 1,000 attendees, including cross-border e-commerce celebrities and practitioners, as well as principals of foreign trade companies. In 2017, the cross-border e-commerce turnover of Yiwu reached RMB 74.757 billion, among which RMB 22.127 billion was realized by cross-border e-retail exports, with a year-on-year growth of 38.24%. A rapid growth greater than 30% was maintained for four consecutive years.
On the morning of Apr. 12, the 2-day World E-commerce Conference 2018 themed on "Global Innovation to Change the Future" was opened in Yiwu. Famous e-commerce companies from China and foreign countries, including Russia, Canada, Australia, and the US, focused on the global e-commerce development trend in the forms of keynote speech and summit conversation in a view to boost the prosperity and development of e-commerce industry.
On Apr. 12, Yiwu published the Report on the E-commerce Development Index of Yiwu 2017, and the index was the first comprehensive one measuring regional e-commerce development in an all-round way in China.
As revealed by the Report, the e-commerce turnover realized by Yiwu in 2017 was RMB 222.003 billion, with a year-on-year growth of 25.30%. At the end of 2017, the general index of e-commerce development of Yiwu reached 122.35, rising by 3.15, namely, 2.64%, on a year-on-year basis. The monthly average was 116.46 throughout the year, with a year-on-year growth of 10.44 (9.85%). The monthly averages of Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 were 108.36, 115.72, 117.68, and 124.06 respectively, showing a rising trend quarter by quarter. From the perspective of sub-index, the cross-border index performed best, with a monthly average of 143.88, and contributed most to the general index, indicating that the rapid developing cross-border e-commerce of Yiwu had become an important engine which drove the e-commerce economic development of the city.
In Q1 this year, Yiwu Airport quarantined and inspected a total of 231 sorties of entry-exit aircrafts and inspected 32,753 person-times of entry-exit people, with a year-on-year growth of 395%, taking up about 85% of the total annual number of entry-exit people in 2017, and including 16,584 person-times exiting from China and 16,169 person-times entering China.
The gradual stabilization of passenger volume of "Yiwu-Hong Kong" and "Yiwu-Taiwan" air routes and the successive opening of new air routes of "Yiwu-Bangkok" and "Yiwu-Vietnam Nha Trang" were primary reasons for the growth spurt in the number of people entering and exiting from China via Yiwu Airport. Up to now, Yiwu Airport has completed the reconstruction of flight area to Class 4D, making it available for the taking-off and landing of medium and large passenger planes like Airbus 300 and Boeing 767 and air freighters like Boeing 757, greatly improving the taking-off and landing ability, and facilitating the opening of more mid- and long-range international flights.
Yesterday morning, the Yiwu Joint Conference for Promoting the Development of Exhibition Industry was held for the first time this year. At the conference, the gist of the Notice on Further Strengthening Exhibition Industry Management recently issued by the General Office of the Ministry of Commerce was conveyed, the plan of Yiwu for commercial exhibitions this year was introduced, and requirements for the exhibition industry development of Yiwu next step were clearly defined.
Yiwu is going to hold more than 40 various commercial exhibitions this year. Among them, the China International E-commerce Expo 2018, the 13th China (Yiwu) Cultural Products Trade Fair, the China Yiwu Imported Commodities Fair 2018, and the 10th China International Tourism Commodities Fair will be held during Apr. 11 -- 13, Apr. 27 -- 30, May 6 -- 9, and May 25 -- 28, respectively.