Shenzhen has ranked first among all large and medium-sized Chinese cities in export volume for 23 consecutive years. Of the Fortune Global 500 companies, 196 have branches in the city by the end of 2015.
IMPORTS AND EXPORTS
Total exports and imports reached US$442.55 billion in 2015, comprising 11.2% of the national total. The figure was 43.3% of the total of Guangdong Province. Exports reached US$264.08 billion, comprising 11.6% of the national total and 41% of the Guangdong total. Imports reached US$178.47 billion, accounting for 10.6% of the national total and 47% of the Guangdong total.
USE OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT
In 2015, a total of 3,359 projects directly invested by foreign enterprises were granted, up 34.9% from last year. The contractual use of foreign investment in Shenzhen reached US$25.6 billion, up 134.9% from the previous year and the actual use of foreign investment was US$6.5 billion, up 11.9% from last year.
In 2015, local companies actively invested abroad. They set up 1,030 enterprises and organizations outside the mainland. The agreed investments of Chinese enterprises amounted to US$16.57 billion, up 214.7% from a year ago. Actual direct outbound investment reached US$ 5.13 billion, up 28.9% from a year ago.
Qianhai Shekou Pilot Free Trade Zone will actively replicate and promote the experience in international trade and economic integration among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. It will build a national Shenzhen-Hong Kong cross-border e-commerce system and a finance and lease system. It will also attract multinational companies to set up operative headquarters, logistics trade centers, settlement centers and an Asian-Pacific supply chain center.
SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS
Qianhai Shekou Pilot Free Trade Zone will take full advantage of China Merchants Group, which has 28 ports in 14 countries. The zone will upgrade its industries and port resources and build a world-class international pivot ports group.