Recently, the General Administration of Customs of China announced the list of the "Top 100 Foreign Trade Cities in China in 2018." In addition to Zhaoqing, eight cities in the Pearl River Delta Region were selected. Also, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhuhai, and Guangzhou took out four spots in the top ten, while Shenzhen and Dongguan ranked in the top three.
Compared with the previous year's ranking, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhuhai, and Guangzhou, which all entered the top 10, achieved new highs, while the gap between lower-ranking and higher-ranking cities is widening and that between the top cities is narrowing.
The selection criteria for the top-100 list covers five major sub-categories, including efficiency, potential, and development competitiveness and 25 overall indicators. In terms of foreign trade, Guangdong has outperformed all of the country's provinces for 33 consecutive years and is now benefiting from the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.