Shantou (SEZ) Business Information
Population 4,999,839
GDP (USD) 19.25 B
USD:RMB Exchange Rate 1:6.5
Average Mfg Employee Wage (per month) 1,758 RMB
Average Industrial Facility Cost (per month) 17.7 RMB/m2
Access to Logistics Very Good

Shantou Manufacturing & Investment Information

Since receiving Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status from the Chinese government in the 1980’s, Shantou has been slower to expand than Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and other SEZ’s.  In mid-2010, the coastal city of nearly five million in eastern Guangdong province is still mid-sized by Chinese standards.   Its port plays an important role in the province of Guangdong‘s economy, shipping to nearby Hong Kong, Taiwan and other regional Asian destinations.  Shantou is connected to the SEZ’s of Shenzhen and Xiamen via its international airport and several major highways. Although Shantou is not known as a manufacturing power, its decent location, logistical infrastructure, and various Special Economic Zone (SEZ) incentives make it a viable investment option.

Major Cities near Shantou Shantou’s Main Industries
  • Dongguang
  • Guangzhou
  • Foshan
  • Machinery
  • Logistics
  • Toy Production
  • Textiles
  • Plastics
  • Electric Power
  • Chemicals

Shantou & Foreign Investment

In 2007, Shantou utilized USD 170 million in FDI, and generated a GDP of USD 11.3 billion.  By 2010 its FDI increased to USD just 204 million and its GDP to USD 19.25 billion; still miniscule in comparison to other SEZ’s. It is home to several large companies such as Nanyang Cable, Longguang Group, and Yihua Group. Shantou’s main industries include (toy production, textiles, plastic products, electric power, machinery, and chemicals).  These industries are mainly concentrated in the light-manufacturing sector.  Its skilled labor force is fed by Guangdong province’s 100 universities, enrolling 874,000 students.

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