About New Zealand Central

Ma Dong Lu, Shanghai

With iconic design New Zealand Central (NZC) is our business oasis situated in the heart of Shanghai and is there to help New Zealand organisations progress in China. Whether you need space for staff to work from for a few days, private meeting space, casual meeting space, a venue for staff training or a venue for product launch events NZC is the perfect place. Facilities include meeting rooms, a large function room, kitchen facilities, basic audio-visual setup and business centre services (WiFi, hot-desks, and facsimiles).

The NZC function room can be configured in various ways with table seating for up to 40 people, lecture-style seating for up to 60 and standing events for up to 120. The main boardroom can accommodate 20 people or can be split into 2 separate rooms.

NZC now has transferred its legal entity and is operating as part of the Shanghai Consulate-General under a non-commercial model, which means there is no charges for member companies to use the facilities. Direct commercial activities like making sales or signing commercial agreements will need to be done somewhere else. To become an NZC member company you just need to complete a few application details that show what you’re doing for the country and we’re away.

During the time it’s booked companies are encouraged to make the space their own and where that requires additional services like catering, specific venue setup, entertainment, simultaneous translation etc. parties will need to enter into their own arrangements with third party providers.

If you have questions about NZC, need advice about what activities are suitable for the venue, want recommendations about third party services or simply want to make a booking our NZC Event Managers will be happy to help. As a thought-starter here’s a list of the types of activity often happening:

Functions run by NZ companies 

  1. Training and workshops for staff and distribution partners
  2. Product promotions: breakfast/lunch/dinner/cooking demonstration/food tasting/wine tasting/product demonstration
  3. Meetings and seminars
  4. Alumni events
  5. Opening ceremonies
  6. Press conferences e.g. launch of products/services
  7. Recruitment - staff interviews

For more information please contact our team at nzcentral@nzte.govt.nz 
Street address:
3rd Floor, Jin Lin Tian Di, 190 Ma Dang Road (cross street Xing Ye Road), Shanghai 200020, China


Hear about New Zealand Central in Shanghai.

Transcript: NZ Central Shanghai  

Well New Zealand Central is a huge advantage for us in China. We’ve had a few events here lately in New Zealand Central that have been very beneficial to the New Zealand firms and effectively what is a slice of New Zealand here in the middle of Central Shanghai.

It’s beautifully appointed and decorated and really gives a New Zealand feel to everything that we do and it's very important.

We’ve had very successful events where there is chefs, media and distributors; it's a great event space for that.

Hot desking facility is fabulous. My brand ambassador and I we work here on a weekly basis.

We are very fortunate to have New Zealand Central here in Shanghai as a showcase to our customers of what we can offer and it also such a home we can have here in Central Shanghai.

New Zealand Central is just a fabulous resource. I look after all the Asian markets for Villa Maria and I just wish there were more New Zealand Centrals.

  • I'm visiting my market. How can NZTE help me?

    If you’re an NZTE customer, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.

  • I want to find an in-market distributor for my business
    NZTE doesn’t maintain lists of distributors for specific products and markets. We encourage companies to do as much of the initial search process as they can for themselves, while bringing in professional help where needed.

    You’ll find useful information on researching, finding and selecting the right distributor for you in our Export Essentials guide to understanding your channel partner options.
  • I want to find out about regulations and tariffs for export
    Regulations and tariffs should be one of the first things you find out before exporting. They often determine whether a market will be easy or hard for you to export to, or whether you should try to do business there at all.

    Understanding regulations in your export destination is a must-do. For an introduction to what you need to think about, see our guide on understanding international compliance requirements. This includes tips on how to research regulations, as well as insights on local regulations, standards, health and safety, and dealing with local bureaucracy.

    It’s a good idea to take a look at the rest of the international compliance process while you’re doing your work on regulations – see more information in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.

    If you’re planning to export food or food-related products, you should also check out the food exporting page on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website. MPI maintains a list of Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for New Zealand food products in different export markets – search and identify OMARs for your product online

    Tariffs can make your products more expensive and less attractive to overseas buyers, so you need to know the charges your products will attract before you commit to a new market.

    You can get a big head start in finding tariff information by using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) tariff finder or the World Trade Organisation’s tariff download facility. You can search the databases by product name, but they work best when you know the approximate Harmonised System (HS) code for your product. HS codes are used by customs authorities around the world to identify products and apply tariffs. The longer the code is, the more precisely it describes your product. The first six digits of an HS code are usually the same worldwide – after that, there can be up to eight further digits, which often vary from country to country.

    The  (NTAU) can help you to find out the first six digits of your HS codes – call +64 4 473 6099 or email mntau@customs.govt.nz

    To get a longer and more precise HS code for a particular market, look up and contact the local customs authority online, or talk to a customs broker or freight forwarder who has done business in that market.
  • I want to find out about packaging and labelling for export
    Packaging and labelling requirements can be very different from country to country, so get as much information as you can before making the decision to export. 

    Depending on where your products will be sold, you might need to use different materials or labels, and include different types of information. In some countries, you might have to translate all your packaging or labels into the local language – in others, applying a sticker with a few key details will do the job. 

    Make sure that you check out all of the requirements for packaging and labelling before tackling a new market, including anything that’s needed during transport or distribution. 

    You’ll find more details on the kind of things you need to think about in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.

    We suggest that you work with a customs broker or freight forwarder, or get advice from a lawyer in-market, to understand all the requirements for your product and the place where it’s headed. The Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Federation (CBAFF) has a list of customs brokers and freight forwarders within New Zealand.