On August 6, the official website of Shanghai Municipal Peoples Government announced the launching date of China’s first tax-free store at cruise arrivals – on November 5 to 10 during the second China International Import Expo.
As the nation’s first pilot zone for cruise tourism, Shanghai opens tax-free store at the eastern city’s cruise port aiming to attract more international partners and visitors. This brand new tax-free store covers an area of 1,700 square meters, and is currently the first of its kind in China since China is just starting up on cruise tourism.
In past two years, many international cruise corporations have already had cruises departing from Shanghai, including US Carnival, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Swiss Mediterranean Shipping, and Malaysia's Genting Group. The turnover of duty-free shops at Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal has reached over 120 million RMB, which is equivalent to 17.1 million US dollars, every year.