Imports to China rose 3 percent from a year earlier in November of 2018, far below market expectations of 14.5 percent and following a 21.4 percent growth in October. It marked the weakest import growth since October 2016, as purchases of unwrought copper fell 3 percent year-on-year to 456,000 tonnes; copper concentrate fell 4.6 percent to 1.70 million tonnes and soybeans plunged 38.0 percent. On the other hand, purchases of crude oil rose 17.7 percent yoy to a fresh record high of 42.61 million tonnes, and natural gas grew 39.8 percent to 9.15 million tonnes. Imports in China averaged 520.89 USD HML from 1981 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1949.84 USD HML in September of 2018 and a record low of 13.88 USD HML in February of 1983.

Imports in China is expected to be 1840.00 USD HML by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in China to stand at 1820.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the China Imports is projected to trend around 2000.00 USD HML in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-09-08 04:00 AM Imports YoY 20% 27.3% 18.7%
2018-10-12 02:30 AM Imports YoY 14.3% 19.9% 15%
2018-11-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 21.4% 14.3% 14%
2018-12-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 3.0% 21.4% 14.5%
2019-01-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 3.0%
2019-02-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY
2019-03-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY


China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 447.40 340.16 612.86 -320.02 USD HML [+]
Exports 2274.15 2172.83 2315.23 12.50 USD HML [+]
Imports 1826.67 1832.67 1949.84 13.88 USD HML [+]
Current Account 160.00 53.29 1330.85 -341.00 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 1.30 1.80 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
External Debt 17106.00 14206.57 17799.32 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 96.48 98.39 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1076.60 917.70 1310.35 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -160.00 60.00 725.40 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2917.00 2815.12 2917.00 22.96 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1842.60 1842.60 1842.60 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3768.00 3732.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.54 6.11 6.29 1.47 [+]
Weapons Sales 1131.00 2192.00 2606.00 3.00 USD Million [+]

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China Imports

China’s main imports are mechanical and electrical products and high tech goods. The country is also one of the biggest consumers of commodities in the world with crude oil, iron ore , copper and aluminum being the most important. China’s main import partners are: the European Union of Germany, ASEAN countries of which Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, United States and Australia. This page provides - China Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. China Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1826.67 1832.67 1949.84 13.88 1981 - 2018 USD HML Monthly
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