Alibaba, Yiwu city team up for online small-commodities trade show

Buyers from Russia check out balloon products at Yiwu International Commodities Mall, Zhejiang province. (File photo: China Daily)

A trade show featuring small commodities will go online in August, according to a cooperation agreement between and the commerce bureau of Yiwu, a city dubbed the "World's Supermarket."

The bureau will invest 5 million yuan ($704,800) in the first phase, subsidizing participants for their costs, according to the agreement.

Located in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, Yiwu is home to over 2 million micro, small and medium-sized firms, and sells commodities to about 200 countries and regions every year., launched in 1999, is a leading global cross-border B2B platform owned by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. is expected to bring about 5 million active international wholesalers for Yiwu within a year. Last year, Yiwu's online trade volume on the website rose 82 percent year on year.

According to the agreement, the two sides will work together to push for development in the digitalization industry and in logistics.