The  Port of Shanghai ,as of September 2013, Shanghai is also home to the largest free-trade zone in mainland China, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone. The zone covers an area of 29 km2 and integrates four existing bonded zones — Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Logistics Park, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area and Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone.

Several preferential policies have been implemented to attract foreign investment in various industries to the FTZ. Because the Zone is not technically considered PRC territory for tax purposes, commodities entering the zone are not subject to duty and customs clearance as would otherwise be the case.

For centuries a major administrative, shipping, and trading town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to European recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of five opened to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War while the subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking and 1844 Treaty of Whampoa allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement and the French Concession. The city then flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became the undisputed financial hub of the Asia Pacific in the 1930s. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, trade was reoriented to focus on socialist countries, and the city’s global influence declined. In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city.

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China.

The Port of Dalian is the most northern ice-free port in China.

It is also the largest multi-puroise port in Northeast China serving the swaports North Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Rim. It is the trade gateway to the Pacific. It is the second largest container transshipment hub in mainland China.

 

Not to be confused with the Shenzhen Bay Port, an immigration checkpoint or port of entry.

The Port of Shenzhen is one of the busiest and fastest growing ports in the world. It is located in the southern region of the Pearl River Delta in China’s Guangdong province. It is the economic hinterland for Hong Kong trade with the Mainland and also one of the most important ports in terms of China’s international trade.

The Port of Ningbo is not just an ordinary city—it has the same authority as provincial governments for economic administration—and has a port second only to Shanghaiaround the world in terms of annual cargo throughput.

 

 

 

The  Port of Shanghai ,as of September 2013, Shanghai is also home to the largest free-trade zone in mainland China, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone.

The zone covers an area of 29 km2 and integrates four existing bonded zones — Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Logistics Park, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area and Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone.

The Port of Xiamen is a large deep water port situated on the northern part of Xiamen Island. It has an excellent natural harbour and well connected to the mainland by road and rail. The Port of Xiamen has since the early 1980s been one of the busiest in China. In 2011, the Port of Xiamen ranked among the top 18 ports in the world for container freight.

 

 

The Port of Tianjin is the world’s top-level and China’s largest artificial deep water harbor, and the throughput capacity ranks the fifth place in the world.

Located in Binhai Economic Zone, a national new economic zone of China, Tianjin harbor is the port of call of international cruises visiting the wider area, including Beijing.

 

The Port of Qingdao is a seaport on the Yellow Sea in the vicinity of Qingdao, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China.

It is one of the ten busiest ports in the world (7th in 2010 considering total cargo volume according to the Institute of Shipping Economics & Logistics).

Beside including the Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal and the Qingdao Cosport International Container Terminal, located in different areas, Qingdao also has a large terminal for handling iron ore.

The Port of Shantou is a natural river seaport on the coast of the city of Shantou, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China.

It is the only major port in eastern Guangdong, and the gateway to the Shantou SEZ. In 2012, it had a throughput of 45.6 million tons of cargo, and 1,250,000 TEU of containers.

Like most Chinese seaports, it has experienced frantic growth in the last two decades and has plans for large expansion in the future.

 

Port of Guangzhou is the main seaport of Guangzhou city, Guangdong province, China.

The port is operated by Guangzhou Port Group Co. Ltd which is a state owned company. The company was established on February 26, 2004 from the former Guangzhou Harbor Bureau. It was approved by the Guangzhou Municipal Government. It is currently the largest comprehensive port in South China. Its international maritime trade reaches over 300 ports in more than 80 countries and districts worldwide. The port also incorporates the former Huangpu Port.