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Ningbo City

has been evaluated by the United Nations as one of China's Cities with the Most Promising Prospects.

Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, the port  of departure for the Ancient Maritime Silk Road and the birthplace of the 'Neolithic Hemudu Culture' dating  back more  than 7,000  years, is a famous Chinese  Historical & Cultural City. As one of the five Cities  Specifically Designated in the State Plan, it is the economic centre at the south  of the Yangtze  River delta  and  the  major  port  city  along  southeast coast  of  China. Meanwhile, it has been evaluated by the United Nations  as one of China's  Cities  with the Most  Promising Prospects.

Located at the middle part of China's  coastline, Ningbo  is also at the south  flank of the Yangtze River Delta  and the east part of Zhejiang Province, bordering on Shanghai and Hangzhou.


It covers  an area of 9,816 sq. km with the urban area of 2,461 sq. km and has a population of 9.7 million. The jurisdiction of Ningbo  City  encompasses two  counties  (Xiangshan and Ninghai).  three  county-level cities (Yuyao, Cixi and Fenghua) and six urban districts (Haishu, Jiangdong, Jiangbei, Zhenhai, Beilun and Yinzhou).

Economic Overview*

An ancient harbor on the East China Sea, Ningbo was one of the first cities to benefit from China’s economic liberalization. In the two decades since its opening, Ningbo has emerged as China’s fourth largest port and one of the key economic and industrial hubs in the Yangtze River delta. Ningbo is ranked by the World Bank as having the 18th best investment climate for foreign firms in China. US companies have already begun to catch on to the opportunities of exporting to Ningbo; almost 5% of the city’s imports— over USD $1.4 billion worth— originated from the United States. According to the Global Trade Atlas, Ningbo ranked second in China in terms of the highest growth in US imports in 2009 increasing 90% in 2009.

Leading Industries

Ningbo is an important industrial base in Zhejiang Province. The city’s chief industries include textiles, garments, machinery, petrochemicals, iron & steel, power generation and paper-making. According to Dezan Shira, Ningbo is a leading garment manufacturing city, making 12 percent of the country’s total production, equaling about 1.4 billion suits annually. The city’s fortunes are also largely tied to its port, which according to the Economist Intelligence Unit is one of China’s main entry ports for the import of raw materials such as coal, iron ore and petroleum. As a result, shipbuilding and steel are also major industries. The city is home to over 62,500 private enterprises, nine of which have been designated as “top 500 National Best Private Enterprises”.

Development Zones and Ports

o Ningbo Economic and Technological Zone(NETD)

  • One of China’s earliest and largest, established in 1984.
  • American companies present: Esso, Samsonite

o Ningbo Free Trade Zone(NFTZ)

o Ningbo Export Processing Zone(NEPZ)

o Beilun Port

  • Deepwater Port with 40 deepwater berths allowing for inter-continental shipping container ships and oil tankers.

*Source US Commercial Services