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China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?
by Matt SlaterApril 25, 2018
Since establishing the first China Free Trade Zone in Shanghai in 2013, Chinese authorities have moved swiftly and established a further 10 zones, with even more planned.
Although the Shanghai Free Trade Zone is now fairly well known among foreign companies, awareness of the other Chinese FTZs is still relatively low.
This article gives an overview of the 11 China Free Trade Zones currently in operation and outlines where they are located with maps.
Map of China Free Trade Zones
Introducing the 11 China Free Trade Zones
Each of the China Free Trade Zones are named after the province or municipality they are located in, and the majority are comprised of 3 different areas.
With much fanfare, China's first FTZ was established in the 1st tier city of Shanghai in 2013, three more were added in 2015, and a further seven in 2017.
Whilst the first four China free trade zones were centered around coastal areas with sea ports, six of the seven most recent zones are located inland, indicating a push to develop the economy of China's interior.
The 11 FTZs have each been given a "focus" by the State Council, which we have summarized and translated below.
We have listed the FTZ's in alphabetical order with numbering consistent with the map above.
1. Chongqing Free Trade Zone
Official Chinese Name: 中国（重庆）自由贸易试验区
Official English Name: China (Chongqing) Pilot Free Trade Zone
Total Area: 120 km²
Chongqing Free Trade Zone Focus
An important hub to connect "One Belt, One Road", "Western Development" and the "Yangtze River Economic Belt"
Open for high-end manufacturing and tariff-free services
Chongqing Free Trade Zone Map
Chongqing Free Trade Zone Areas
The Chongqing Free Trade Zone is comprised of 3 areas which are displayed in the following locations on the map above:
Left: Xiyong Area
Chinese Name: 西永片区
Area: 23 km²
Middle: Liangjiang Area
Chinese Name: 两江片区
Area: 66 km²
Right: Guoyuangang Area
Chinese Name: 果园港片区
Area: 31 km²
2. Fujian Free Trade Zone
Official Chinese Name: 中国（福建）自由贸易试验区
Official English Name: China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone
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