Imports to China jumped 51.1 percent year-on-year to USD 218.38 billion in May 2021, compared with market consensus of 51.5 percent surge, and after a 43.1 percent rise a month earlier. This was the steepest increase in inbound shipments since January 2011, amid strengthening domestic demand, surging commodity prices and a low base effect from last year. Purchases rose for natural gas (31.67%), unwrought copper (1.3%), copper ores & concentrates (15.09%), iron ore (3.17%), soybeans (2.42%), edible oil (47.59%), and rubber (5.67%). In contrast, purchases fell for crude oil (-14.6%), refined products (-40.43%), coal (-4.62%), steel products (-5.78%), and meat (-3.31%). Imports from all major trading partners rose: Japan (33.6%), South Korea (31.9%), Taiwan (29.5%), the EU (57.7%), the US (40.5%), Australia (55.4%), and ASEAN (53.8%). Considering the first five months of the year, imports were up 35.6 percent. source: General Administration of Customs

Imports in China averaged 598.78 USD HML from 1981 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 2275.31 USD HML in March of 2021 and a record low of 13.88 USD HML in February of 1983. This page provides - China Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. China Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Imports in China is expected to be 2250.00 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 2180.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the China Imports is projected to trend around 2200.00 USD HML in 2022 and 2350.00 USD HML in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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China Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2183.83 2210.64 2275.31 13.88 1981 - 2021 USD HML Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-07 03:00 AM Jan-Feb 22.2% 6.5% 15% 12%
2021-04-13 03:00 AM Mar 38.1% 22.2% 23.3%
2021-05-07 03:00 AM Apr 43.1% 38.1% 42.5% 37%
2021-06-07 03:00 AM May 51.1% 43.1% 51.5% 50%


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China Imports Rise the Most in Over a Decade
Imports to China jumped 51.1 percent year-on-year to USD 218.38 billion in May 2021, compared with market consensus of 51.5 percent surge, and after a 43.1 percent rise a month earlier. This was the steepest increase in inbound shipments since January 2011, amid strengthening domestic demand, surging commodity prices and a low base effect from last year. Purchases rose for natural gas (31.67%), unwrought copper (1.3%), copper ores & concentrates (15.09%), iron ore (3.17%), soybeans (2.42%), edible oil (47.59%), and rubber (5.67%). In contrast, purchases fell for crude oil (-14.6%), refined products (-40.43%), coal (-4.62%), steel products (-5.78%), and meat (-3.31%). Imports from all major trading partners rose: Japan (33.6%), South Korea (31.9%), Taiwan (29.5%), the EU (57.7%), the US (40.5%), Australia (55.4%), and ASEAN (53.8%). Considering the first five months of the year, imports were up 35.6 percent.
2021-06-07
China Imports Rise the Most in Over a Decade
Imports to China jumped 43.1 percent year-on-year USD 221.07 billion in April 2021, compared with market consensus of 42.5 percent, and after a 38.1 percent growth a month earlier. This was the fastest growth in inbound shipments since January 2011, amid strengthening domestic demand and surging commodity prices. Purchases rose for natural gas (31.25 percent), unwrought copper (5.41 percent), iron ore (2.98 percent), steel products (16.24 percent), soybeans (11 percent), edible oil (47.74 percent), rubber (15.63 percent), and meat (6.96 percent). In contrast, imports fell for crude oil (-0.18%), copper ores & concentrates (-5.37%), and unwrought aluminium and products (-0.62%), and coal (-29.78%). Imports from major trading partners rose: Japan (25.2%), South Korea (29.5%), Taiwan (25.5%), the US (51.7%), ASEAN (40.6%), and the EU (43.3%).
2021-05-07
China Imports Hit Record High in March
Imports to China jumped 38.1 percent year-on-year to an all-time high of USD 227.3 billion in March 2021, the fastest pace since February 2017 and compared with market consensus of a 23.3 percent rise, on higher commodity prices and improving domestic demand. Purchases were up for crude oil (20.8 percent), natural gas (26.1 percent), unwrought copper (25.0 percent), copper ore & concentrates (22.0 percent), iron ore (18.9 percent), steel products (16.3 percent), soybeans (81.6 percent), edible oil (66.1 percent), rubber (18.1 percent), and meat (11.4 percent). In contrast, coal imports were down 1.8 percent. Among major trade partners, purchases increased from ASEAN (38.4 percent), the EU (33.8 percent), Taiwan (40.6 percent), Japan (30.4 percent), South Korea (22.7 percent), the US (74.8 percent), and Australia (47.3 percent).
2021-04-13
China Imports Surge in January-February
Imports to China jumped 22.2% yoy to USD 365.62 billion in January-February 2021 combined, after a 6.5% rise in December, beating market consensus of a 15% increase. This was the fifth straight month of growth in inbound shipments, boosted by improving domestic demand in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, continued fiscal stimulus, and higher commodity prices. Arrivals grew in terms of volume for iron ore (2.8%), steel (17.4%), unwrought copper and copper materials (4.7%), natural gas (17.4%), crude oil (4.1%), the primary form of plastics (8%), mechanical and electrical products (25.4%), and meat (27.6%). In contrast, imports fell for coal (-39.5%), refined oil (-19.4%), and soybean (-0.8%). Imports soared from the US (66.3%), Japan (26%), South Korea (21.7%), Taiwan (41.2%), the ASEAN countries (29.6%), and the EU (32.3%),
2021-03-07

China Imports
In 2019 imports to China fell 2.7 percent, the first yearly decline in three years, on weak domestic demand and persistent trade tensions with the US. Machinery and transport equipment accounted for 38 percent of total imports on the back of electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances (21 percent), road vehicles (4 percent), telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment (3 percent), and office machines and automatic data processing machines (3 percent). Other important categories were: mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (17 percent) led by petroleum, petroleum products and related materials (13 percent) and gas, natural and manufactured (3 percent); crude materials, inedible, except fuels (14 percent), such as metalliferous ores and metal scrap (9 percent); chemicals and related products (11 percent) due to organic chemicals (3 percent) and plastics in primary forms (3 percent); miscellaneous manufactured articles (7 percent); manufactured goods classified chiefly by material (7 percent); and food and live animals (4 percent). The biggest source of imports was the EU (13 percent of imports) of which Germany (5 percent) and France (2 percent), followed by South Korea, Taiwan, Japan (8 percent each), the US and Australia (6 percent each), Brazil (4 percent), Malaysia, Vietnam, Russia and Saudi Arabia (3 percent each), and Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia (2 percent each).
China Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 34693700.00 24717800.00 USD THO Feb/20
Taiwan 19193100.00 19382000.00 USD THO May/21
South Korea 17123200.00 17522700.00 USD THO May/21
Japan 16651500.00 18456900.00 USD THO May/21
Australia 13601300.00 14865100.00 USD THO May/21
United States 13107600.00 13941900.00 USD THO May/21
Germany 10559700.00 10483200.00 USD THO May/21
Brazil 10423400.00 8470300.00 USD THO May/21
Malaysia 9118700.00 8056300.00 USD THO May/21
Vietnam 6976700.00 6827300.00 USD THO May/21
Thailand 5973500.00 5346600.00 USD THO May/21
Russia 5718700.00 5675600.00 USD THO May/21
Indonesia 4517600.00 4584900.00 USD THO May/21
Switzerland 4456529.00 1187223.00 USD THO Apr/21
Saudi Arabia 4059040.00 4703502.00 USD THO Apr/21
France 3535500.00 3637500.00 USD THO May/21
South Africa 3380600.00 3204600.00 USD THO May/21
Singapore 3282900.00 3380900.00 USD THO May/21
Chile 2782599.00 3065379.00 USD THO Apr/21
Italy 2610500.00 2610800.00 USD THO May/21
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 91871200.00 93366200.00 USD THO May/21
High-&-new-tech Products 66111500.00 65970900.00 USD THO May/21
Integrated Circuit 33246500.00 33094000.00 USD THO May/21
Fuels & Related Materials 29095594.00 32217389.00 USD THO Apr/21
Agricultural Products 19752800.00 18327800.00 USD THO May/21
Crude Petroleum (value) 19418900.00 18855400.00 USD THO May/21
Iron Ore & Concentrates 15623500.00 16202300.00 USD THO May/21
Iron Ores & Concentrate 15623500.00 16202300.00 USD THO May/21
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 5977700.00 5256000.00 USD THO May/21
Soybean 5105400.00 4040400.00 USD THO May/21
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 5013300.00 5215600.00 USD THO May/21
Copper Ore & Concentrate 4625500.00 4327700.00 USD THO May/21
Copper Ores & Concentrate 4625500.00 4327700.00 USD THO May/21
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 4405800.00 4454900.00 USD THO May/21
Measuring Instruments 3785513.00 4227786.00 USD THO Apr/21
Pharmaceuticals 3598300.00 3272600.00 USD THO May/21
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 3578400.00 3239300.00 USD THO May/21
Iron & Steel 3264608.00 3150117.00 USD THO Apr/21
Parts of Motor Vehicles 3232500.00 3239600.00 USD THO May/21
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 3066957.00 4405223.00 USD THO Apr/21

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