Local Chinese exhibitors can to an extent converse in English, but for formal business meetings and going through contracts/documents it is essential to have a native interpreter in Shenzhen and Guangzhou Interpreter. Choosing the right interpreter is very essential as the person will be your voice forth the local market through out the trip and any miscommunication can cause all the efforts to go down the drain.
An ideal interpreter shouldn't only be well versed in English and native languages, but should also have the essential understanding of business. There is a huge difference between knowing English and being well versed in Business English, as the interpreter should know how to conduct a formal meeting, address both the parties and should be able to express exactly what you tend to say.
It is also important that the interpreter should be well know the market inside out so that he can get you exactly what you want directly from the producers without having any middlemen in the chain. Once the deal has been sealed its quite obvious that you will need further interaction with the local vendor, therefore it is mandatory to have a representative in the local market who can take care of inspection of goods, their shipment and all the other formalities which tag along, so that you can cherish the benefits of this trade being tension free.