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China Planning Extra Free Trade Zones

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

20 May 2014

Long Guoqiang, the Director of the State Council's Development Research Center, has said that China will set up a number of new free trade zones following the successful pilot scheme in Shanghai.

Long disclosed that a number of local and regional governments have already applied to have FTZs within their borders, and that the Chinese Government has agreed that their spread throughout the country would fit well with current policies to boost foreign trade growth and increase the use of the renminbi.

However, he also confirmed that approval of those applications is being coordinated and is not being rushed, and that they would consequently not all be approved at the same time. Additional FTZs are being considered on the basis of where they would be of the most advantage for the country.

The pilot FTZ in Shanghai was launched in September 2013, and is concentrated on financial services and investment, commodities trading, and logistics. However, Long pointed out that new FTZs could develop their own unique selling points, and could have unique tax and other financial incentives.

The Shanghai FTZ offers additional tax incentives for investment and trade. Zero customs duties and import taxes apply to goods being transferred between the FTZ and overseas destinations; domestic merchandise entering the FTZ is regarded as having been exported, and exporters enjoy an immediate tax rebate; and tax exemptions have been granted to companies registered in the zone on their imports of machines and productive equipment. In addition, to promote investment in the Shanghai FTZ, companies and individuals are able to pay income taxes by installments over a five-year period for revaluations arising from asset restructuring.

It is expected that, in the future, the tax measures to be applied in new FTZs will continue to remain subject to study, development, and adaptation by the Government, particularly to avoid an erosion of the country's tax base, and to align them with China's overall tax system regarding inward and outward equity investment.

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