Located on the edge of the Yungui Plateau, Chongqing lies at the intersection of the Jialing and Yangtze rivers. Chongqing has historically been a major inland port and an important channel for delivering goods from southwestern provinces to China’s eastern coastal areas. One of only four municipalities that are directly administered by the central government, Chongqing is southwestern China’s largest ground, water, and air transportation hub. The city serves as a major industrial center and is well endowed with a host of natural resources. As one of the chief beneficiaries of the central government’s Western Development strategy, Chongqing is being groomed to help facilitate the development of inland China.
Given that Chongqing has the largest inland commercial port for western China, the city also serves as a natural hub for ocean-borne imports to this region. Between 2003 and 2008, imports to the city grew by almost 4000% from US $1.01 billion to $37.99 billion, giving American exporters a steadily expanding market. Chongqing’s leading imports from the United States include: agricultural products, oil equipment, aircraft parts, power plant generators, electronic devices, chemicals, medical equipment and manufacturing machinery.
Chongqing is one of six comprehensive industrial bases established by the Chinese Government in the early 1950s. While the city has long manufactured automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft parts, metallurgy equipment, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, over the last decade it has diversified its manufacturing capacity to include mechanical and electrical equipment, information technology products, meters and instruments.
o Development Zones and Ports
The Commercial Service and its partner, the China Council for Promotion of International Trade, are constantly developing new trade leads. To search for leads in Chongqing and the north China region, visit our trade leads database.
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