China Trade Surplus Largest In A year

China reported a USD 51.35 billion trade surplus in January of 2017, lower than a USD 56.67 billion surplus a year earlier but above market consensus of a USD 47.90 billion surplus. It was the largest trade surplus since January 2016, mainly driven by a 7.9 percent rise in exports while imports surged 16.7 percent.

In January, exports rose 7.9 percent year-on-year to USD 182.81 billion, due to stronger global demand, following a 6.2 percent drop in the prior month and beating expectations of a 3.3 percent rise. Sales to the U.S. went up 9 percent, which could add concerns by the Trump administration about bilateral trade.

Imports increased by 16.7 percent to USD 131.43 billion, compared to a 3.1 percent growth in a month earlier while. Figure came in higher than market estimates of a 10.0 percent increase, mainly due to rising demand for coal, crude oil and iron core.

In yuan-denominated terms, exports jumped 15.9 percent from a year earlier, compared to a 0.6 percent rise in a month earlier. Inbound shipments surged 25.2 percent, following a 10.0 percent rise in December.

In December 2016, the country reported a marginally revised USD 40.71 billion surplus.

Trade in January and February can be distorted by the week-long Lunar New Year holidays, with business slowing down weeks ahead of time and companies scaling back operations. This year, the holiday fell on January 28th.

China Trade Surplus Largest In A year

General Administration of Customs | Rida Husna |
2/10/2017 11:17:42 AM