Shantou’s economy is medium by Guangdong standards. Manufacturing accounts for a large and increasing share of employment. Canning, garments, lithography, plastic, and toys are some of the principal products. Toy manufacturing is the city’s leading export industry, with 400 million U.S. dollars worth of exports each year.

 

Development zone
Shantou Free Trade Zone lies at the south part of Shantou city. It has been comprehensively developing export processing, storage, international trade, finance and information industry. Its goal is to establish a modernized international zone that is open to the overseas by drawing experience from international free trade zone.

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