List of Shanghai National Development Zones

The National Development Zones refer to the Economic and Technological development zones, Customs supervision Zones or Bonded zones, High-Tech industrial development zones, Tourism Zones, and others, which are approved by the State Council.

In 2018, the government has published the China Development Zone Announcement List 2018. According to the List, there are 2543 Development Zones in China, including 552 National Development Zones and 1991 Provincial Development Zones.

A total of 20 National Development Zones in Shanghai are also included in the list, among them, 6 zones are National Economical and Technological Zones, 2 of them are National High-Tech Industrial Development Zones, 10 are National Customs supervision Zones and 2 are other Zones.

As well as giving an overview, this article is trying to provide details of 20 Shanghai National Development Zones, including a Shanghai National Development Zones Map, their difference, and advantages.

Types of China Development Zones

The national Economical and Technological Development Zone is the earliest development zone, The set function is to attract foreign investment, introduce advanced manufacturing industry, expand export and earn foreign exchange, and replace the import of advanced materials and parts. National Economic development zones give priority to coastal port cities and inland transport hub cities, which are generally transport hubs.

In 1984, China established the first batch of National Economic and Technological development zones in 14 coastal open cities, along the country’s southern coast as Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou, Xiamen, etc, acted as doorways for government to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

China National High Tech Industrial Development Zones, refer to National science and technology industrial parks approved by the China State Council. They usually select the places where colleges and universities, scientific research institutions gather and scientific research strength is strong.

The National Customs supervision Zones are Customs supervising areas, which is established at the national opening of the ports areas connected to a specific region, with the functions of porting, physical distribution, processing, and so on.

The other National Zones focus on Finance, Tourism, Cross-border Trading, etc.

Map of Shanghai National Development Zones

This map gives the location of each of the 20 China National Development Zones in Shanghai.

List of Shanghai National Economy and Technology Zone

No. Zone Name Area (hectares) Focus Industries
1 Caohejing New Tech Zone


1330 Electronic Information; New Materials; Biomedicine
2 Honqiao Eco Tech Zone


65.2 Trade; Exhibition; International Arbitration
3 Minhang Eco Tech Zone


1638 Equipment manufacturing; Electro-mechanic, Medicine
4 Jinqiao Eco Hi-Tech Zone


2738 New Energy Vehicles; Robots
5 Shanghai Chemical Industry Zone


2940 Petro Chemical; New materials
6 Songjiang Eco-Tech Zone


5777 Equipment manufacturing; Integrated Circuit; New Materials

List of Shanghai National High-Tech Industrial Development Zones

No. Zone Name Area (hectares) Focus Industries
1 Zhangjiang High-Tech Industry Zone


4211.7 Electronic Information; Biomedicine; Opto-Mechatronics
2 Zizhu High-Tech Industry Zone


868.18 Integrated Circuit; Software;   New Energy; Aviation

List of Shanghai National Customs Supervision Zones

No. Zone Name Area (hectares) Focus Industries
1 Caohejing Export Processing Zone


300 Electronic Information; Logistics, Maintenance & Detection
2 Jiading Export Processing Zone


300 Manufacturing; Logistics; Automobile & Parts
3 Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone


1103  Export Processing; Logistics Storage; Bonded Commodity display and trading
4 Jinqiao Export Processing Zone


280 New energy vehicle; Industrial Internet; Robot
5 Waigaoqiao Free Trade Logistic Zone


103 Logistic; Trade
6 Yangshan Trade Zone


1416 Logistics; Trade; Equipment Manufacturing
7 Pudong Airport Bonded Zone


359 Logistics; Trade
8 Songjiang Export Processing Zone B


596 Electronic Information, Warehousing &logistics, Trade
9 Qingpu Export Processing Zone


300 Electronic Information; New Materials; Equipment Manufacturing
10 Minhang Export Processing Zone


300 Logistics; Electronic Information; Equipment Manufacturing

List of Other Shanghai National Zones

No. Zone Name Area (hectares) Focus Industries
1 Lujiazui Finance Trading Zone


3178 Finance; Shipping; Commercial Affairs; Cultural Tourism
2 Sheshan National Tourist Resort


6408 Tourism & leisure, Business Services, Cultural Creativity

Why invest in a development zone?

The convenience of established infrastructure reserved land and one-stop services available in National development Zones simplify the process of entry into China.

There are lots of advantages to setting up a company in the National Development Zone. Below take High-Tech SMEs as an example.

High-Tech established enterprises can reduce or avoid the renting fee.

If the enterprise meets the certification requirements, registering in the National Development Zones will get a legal registered address.

Tax cuts and other concessions

Registering in the Zones will enjoy a tax refund policy. Generally, the tax refund policy of each zone makes no difference. The business tax returns 35%, of local income and the value-added tax returns up to 7%.

Preferential policies

Registered enterprises have priority to obtain office or industrial land. Also, other government includes Government fees discount and financial funds that could be subsidized as support.

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