Blesbok Enterprises' Chinese headquarters is located in Ningbo, an important port city 220 kilometres south of Shanghai. Historically Ningbo was geographically isolated from other major cities but in 2007 the Hangzhou Bay Bridge was built cutting highway transit time between the two port cities to two and a half hours from four.
The city's export industry dates back to the 7th century and today Ningbo is a major exporter of electrical products, textiles, food, and industrial tools.
In 2009, Ningbo's economic activity reached US$60.8 billion, down 10.4% from 2008 with exports totalling US$38.65 billion, down 16.6% from the previous year. In addition, Ningbo imported US$22.16 billion of goods, up 3.1% from the previous year. Ningbo's economy grew 8.6% in 2009 to 421.5 billion Yuan (US$61.7 billion) and the city's per capita output was US$10,833, about three times the national average.
Ningbo is not just an ordinary city - it has the same authority as provincial governments for economic administration - and has a port second only to Shanghai in terms of annual cargo throughput. Unlike Shanghai, the port is deep-water and capable of handling 300,000 ton vessels. Statistics in 2010 showed that total cargo throughput was 627 million tons and container throughput over 13 million units. With bulk container breakdowns, hugely improved logistics and massive chemical and foodstuff processing developments, Ningbo could yet win the race with Shanghai as the port of choice for servicing the Chinese east coast.