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Business Information for Hong Kong and Shanghai


Shanghai is Mainland China's major financial and commercial center.

There are a number of major institutions within the financial sector based in Shanghai.

  • People's Bank of China (PBOC), China's central bank, controls monetary policy and regulates financial institutions. In 2005 the Shanghai headquarters of the bank was officially launched.
  • Shanghai Stock Exchange 上海證券交易所 is the world's sixth-largest exchange by stock-market capitalization. It is governed by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) 中國証券監督管理委員會
  • Shanghai Futures Exchange. Focuses on the metal, energy and chemical-related industrial products and the corresponding derivatives.  
  • Shanghai Gold Exchange. Regulates and organizes gold transactions.
  • China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) . Head office is in Shanghai. Its main functions include foreign exchange trading, RMB lending, bond trading, and exchange rate and interest rate derivatives trading.


Shanghai Finance Yearbook = 上海金融年鉴. Provides an overview of Shanghai's finances, covering the bank industry, security industry, insurance industry and other finance organizations.

Shanghai Statistical Yearbook. Contains data on banking, interest rates and the Shanghai stock market.

China Money. From the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS). Provides scholarly discussion and information for interbank market members, financial regulators, social and academic institutions, and more.

中国银行业2023年上半年发展回顾与展望. From 德勤中国金融服务业研究中心.

二零二一年中国证券业调查报告 Mainland China Securities Survey 2021. From 毕马威中国 KPMG China.

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Banking system

The People's Bank of China (PBOC), China's central bank, controls monetary policy and regulates financial institutions.

National Financial Regulatory Administration (NFRA) 国家金融监督管理总局 oversees regulatory supervision of nearly all parts of the financial industry except securities.

Chinese Mainland Banking Survey 2023 Summary. From KPMG.


China became a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization) in 2001 opening and liberalizing its trading system.

Guide to Doing Business in China (from HKTDC)

Invest Shanghai. Creates a global network to publicize the business environment in Shanghai.

Shanghai Municipal People's Government. Provides guides for new-comers to Shanghai from outside the Chinese mainland.

Shanghai Statistical Yearbook. Includes data for import and export trade.

Shanghai Shipping Exchange. Responsible for standardising freight transactions, adjusting rates. Also provides freight indices.

The Port of Shanghai, world's no.1 in container throughput for eleven consecutive years.

Shanghai Foreign Investment Guide. From Shanghai Foreign Investment Board; Shanghai Overseas Investment Board.

Tariff and import restrictions

Trade Regulations of China (from HKTDC). Provides information on import duties, quota and licensing, customs and quarantine, trade description and labelling, and product standards.

Shanghai Customs publishes the latest official printed version of law, regulations or notices