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Sections & Offices – Shanghai

The U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai includes the Consular, Political & Economic, Public Affairs and Management Sections.  In addition, the Mission includes an important trade component made up of the Foreign Agricultural Service and Foreign Commercial Service Offices.  For more information on the role of each section, please check below.

Agricultural Trade Office

The Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai is a trade assistance and promotion office and is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition to U.S. export assistance and market research and development, all ATOs collaborate with American food product associations to introduce high-quality American food and beverage products to China through promotional activities such as trade shows, food service activities, and both online and offline campaigns. We work closely with importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, e-commerce platforms, and trade promotion organizations. ATO Shanghai introduces and promotes American Agriculture products in East China and throughout the Yangtze River region.

Suite 331 East Tower
Shanghai Centre (in the Portman Ritz-Carlton complex)
1376 Nanjing West Road
200040 Shanghai, China
Tel: (86-21) 6279-8622
Fax: (86-21) 6279-7603
Email: atoshanghai@fas.usda.gov
Website: http://www.usdachina.com/shanghai/


EducationUSA is your official source on U.S. higher education. A U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries, EducationUSA promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, unbiased, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to U.S. higher education professionals to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals.

Based in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General Shanghai, our EducationUSA adviser serves the Shanghai consular district by offering advising to Chinese students and their parents through a series of outreach programs and other opportunities.

Find out more about EducationUSA:

Sina weibo: Weibo.com/educationusa
Wechat: educationusachina
Email: EducationUSAshanghai@state.gov

Foreign Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service in China offers valuable assistance to American businesses exporting goods and services to China. Our office is part of a global network of trade specialists dedicated to assisting U.S. commercial interests worldwide.

Trade specialists at each of our regional locations in China, including the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and five Consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan are happy to help identify trade opportunities and local potential trading partners within their perspective regions, as well as provide invaluable information across a variety of different industry sectors.

Suite 631 East Tower
Shanghai Centre (in the Portman Ritz-Carlton complex)
1376 Nanjing West Road
200040 Shanghai, China
Tel: (86-21) 6279-7630
Fax: (86-21) 6279-7639
Email: Office.Shanghai@trade.gov
Website: https://trade.gov/china 

Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the U.S. government agency that grants patents and registers trademarks, and advises the President of the United States, the Secretary of Commerce, and other U.S. Government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes stronger and more effective IP protection around the world.  The USPTO established operations in Shanghai in 2012 as part of the agency’s IP attaché program.  USPTO is co-located with the U.S. Commercial Service and is led by the IP Attaché for Eastern and Central China.  For general inquiries:

Suite 631 East Tower
Shanghai Centre (in the Portman Ritz-Carlton complex)
1376 Nanjing West Road
200040 Shanghai, China
Tel: (86-21) 6279-7617
Fax: (86-21) 6279-7870

Email: PTO_Shanghai_Office@trade.gov

Website: https://www.uspto.gov/ip-policy/ip-attache-program/regions/china-shanghai


Political & Economic Section

The Political/Economic Section supports the Consulate Mission by providing reporting on a variety of subjects, including bilateral trade issues such as market access and intellectual property rights, macroeconomic policy, sector specific government policies, environmental policy, and other topics such as political issues. The section also supports visiting U.S government delegations and maintains contact with a variety of Chinese government organizations.

1469 Huai Hai Zhong Road
(Near Wulumuqi Nan Lu)
200031 Shanghai China
Tel: (86-21) 8011-2200
Fax: (86-21) 6121-2181

Key Links

For information on U.S. government policies. please click here.

Public Affairs Section

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai handles press and media relations for the Consulate and manages all official U.S. Government educational and cultural exchange programs in East China.  In addition, it serves as a facilitator of official U.S. government exchange programs such as the International Visitors Leadership Program, the Humphrey Fellowship Program and the American Speakers Program.

Suite 532 East Tower
Shanghai Centre (in the Portman Ritz-Carlton complex)
1376 Nanjing West Road
200040 Shanghai, China
Tel: (86-21) 6279-7662
Fax: (86-21) 6279-7603

Media Relations

PAS houses the official spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate General and helps facilitate interviews with Shanghai-area based local and international media.

The Shanghai American Center (ShAC)

The ShAC features presentations, lectures, films, discussions, and performances about U.S. history, culture, and current events.  Learn more here.

Consular Section – Visas, Passports, and American Citizen Services

In accordance with new security regulations, any individual who is visiting the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General in China (this includes individuals seeking consular services from American Citizen Services units) is not permitted to bring a laptop into the Embassy or Consulate General. Individuals should be prepared to adhere to this requirement by not bringing a laptop with them, or finding an outside location to store their laptop. Please note, the Embassy and Consulate General security guards are not able to take possession of your laptop nor store it for you. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


The Non-Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai’s is located on the 8th floor of Westgate Mall, 1038 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China.

The American Citizen Services Unit is located on the 9th Floor of Westgate Mall 1038 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China.

The address of the consular section in Chinese is 非移民签证处位于南京西路1038号梅龙镇广场8楼, 美国公民服务处位于南京西路1038号梅龙镇广场9楼.


The Non-immigrant Visa unit is open to the public by appointment only. Please go to www.ustraveldocs.com or call the numbers listed on this website to register and make an appointment. Please note that the consulate may be closed for public holidays.

Public Appointment Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For more information about visas, click here.

The American Citizen Services Unit is open to the public for routine services by appointment only from 8:30 am – 11:30 am and from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information about how to apply for a passport, click here.

Passport Pickup: Monday to Friday, 10:30 am – 11:45 am, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. You will receive an email once your passport has reached our office and is ready for pickup.

For more information about how to contact American Citizen Services, click here or e-mail us at ShanghaiACS@state.gov

Email regarding Visas Question:

Please click here.