The Xiamen Area of Fujian FTZ which comprises the cross-Strait trade centre core zone and the southeast region international shipping centre Haicang port area, is a unique pilot FTZ in China featuring joint development of land and sea ports, airports and cruise homeports. Xiamen port is the 19th-largest port in the world by container traffic in 2008 and as one of the nation’s five special economic zones. It was established and developed more quickly than other zones in China.

The cross-strait trade centre core zone covers an area of 19.37 sq km (including the 0.6-sq km Xiangyu Bonded Zone and 0.7-sq km Xiangyu Bonded Logistics Park). The positioning of the zone is the development of new and high-tech R&D, information consumption, airport-based industries, international trade related services, financial services, professional services, cruise economy and other emerging industries and high-end services as well as building the cross-Strait economic and trade cooperation region to become a regional centre for international trade facing the Asia-Pacific region with foothold in the mainland.