Shanghai, China’s historic gateway to the world, is one of the most significant urban centers in the global economy. With a population of about 24 million, it is the largest city in China and the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the world.
The combination of Shanghai’s location on the Yangtze River Delta, a large and increasingly well-off consumer population, and robust transportation infrastructure makes it a crucial node of logistics and distribution for China and the world. The Port of Shanghai, the world’s busiest container port that handles 36 million TEUs annually, connects China’s factories to the world’s consumers. Shanghai’s two major airports, Pudong and Hongqiao, handled a combined 99.2 million passengers in 2015.
With income levels significantly higher than China’s national average and an economy driven primarily by services, Shanghai has emerged as the leading destination for foreign direct investment and the most important consumer market in China. Demand for industrial properties and warehouses in Shanghai is driven by sharply rising consumption. Retail sales in Shanghai were up 8.9 percent in 2015. Additional drivers of logistics infrastructure demand include e-commerce and international trade.
Prologis owns and operates logistics and distribution facilities in Shanghai.