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United States Foreign Commercial Service, Shanghai

The Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) Shanghai is the commercial section of the United States Consulate in Shanghai. It serves the East China consular district, which encompasses the city of Shanghai, as well as Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces.

Centered on the Yangtze River Delta, East China is one of the most dynamic regions in the country. Shanghai serves as China’s financial and commercial center. Meanwhile, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces benefit from an early start in economic development, having industrialized rapidly since reforms in 1978, attracting significant amounts of foreign investment in the process. In addition, Anhui is currently undergoing rapid growth, the highest in the country in the first quarter of 2011.

Shanghai leads the nation in GDP per capita at US$ 11,565 (78,989 RMB). Furthermore, the combined GDP for Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui exceeds US$ 1.2 trillion (RMB 8.3 trillion), accounting for roughly 3.6 percent of China's total GDP.

East China is an important region for the Commercial Service’s mission of promoting American exports. Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu all rank among China’s top five locations for consumption of imports. FCS Shanghai’s Commercial Officers and Specialists assist American exporters with extensive expertise in the following East China sectors:

  • Energy and Mining
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Environmental Technologies and Services
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Healthcare, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
  • Software
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Petrochemicals
  • Customs
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Consumer Products
  • Franchising
  • Publishing










GDP (nominal)

RMB 1,505bn

RMB 2,299bn

RMB 3,446bn

RMB 1,006bn


US$ 10.5bn

US$ 9.9bn

US$ 25.3m

US$ 3.9bn

East China hosts a concentration of manufacturing activity in such key industries as automotive, electronics, telecommunications, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, and petrochemicals. The region has also undergone significant improvements in infrastructure in recent years. In Shanghai, the city’s subway system and other infrastructure was rapidly developed ahead of the 2010 World Expo. In addition, cities in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui are constructing expansive new metro, roads, and high speed train systems. Shipping and port activity are also significant components of the region’s infrastructure, with key facilities including Yangshan port in Shanghai, Ningpo in Zhejiang and other facilities along the coast of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.

Other key sectors to watch in the region are IT, telecommunications services, distribution services, environmental technologies, construction materials, architectural and engineering services, industrial equipment, machine tools and manufacturing process controls.

Fact Sheets--Yangtze River Delta Region (2014)

Full Factbook--Yangtze River Delta Region (2014)

Keep up with FCS Shanghai’s News and Events

Every week, AmCham Shanghai’s Communique features FCS Shanghai news, events and accomplishments. Click here to see a full list of articles.

FCS Shanghai Conference Facilities – Available for U.S. Exporters!

FCS Shanghai’s conference rooms are available for rent. They are ideal for U.S. firms seeking venue space for forums, meetings and promotional events. To learn more, visit Information and Guidelines.


Contact Us

U.S. Commercial Service - Shanghai

Shanghai Center, Suite 631

1376 Nanjing West Road

Shanghai 200040, China

Tel: (86-21) 6279-7630

Fax: (86-21) 6279-7639

Email: Office.Shanghai@trade.gov