Pilot Free Trade Zone in Shanghai

in Tax, 01.10.2013

New opportunities for Swiss companies doing business in China

On 29 September 2013, China officially launched the so called Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. The objectives of this project are:

  • Improvement of investment opportunities for foreign and domestic companies
  • Deregulation of currency exchange controls
  • Efficiency and flexibility regarding governmental regulations and legal environment


The Free Trade Zone aims to attract foreign and domestic investments from the following sectors:

  • Financial Services (Banking, Health Insurance, Finance Lease)
  • Shipping
  • Trade Services (Telco and Electronic Gaming Products)
  • Professional Services (Law Firms, HR services, Engineering, Design, etc.)
  • Entertainment (Agents, Performing Arts, etc.)
  • Public Services (Educational – Training Services, Medical Services)


KPMG has prepared a factsheet with the main features of the Free Trade Zone in English and Mandarin:


Details on the implementation of the new rules and regulations with-in this zone are not clear yet. We will keep you updated regarding set-up of the reforms.

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