China Imports  1983-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Imports to China increased by 14.8 percent year-on-year to USD 150.2 billion in May of 2017, after an 11.9 percent rise in a month earlier and higher than market estimates of an 8.5 percent rise. From January to May 2017, inbound shipments jumped 19.5 percent, mainly due to soybeans (33.9 percent), edible vegetable oil (21.6 percent), iron (67.7 percent), copper ore (19.1 percent), coal and ignite (133.2 percent), crude (64.9 percent), refined oil (27.0 percent), primary shape of plastics (20.4 percent). Japan was the main import partner (46.4 percent), followed by the ASEAN countries (23.3 percent), the US (21.4 percent), the EU countries (12.0 percent), South Korea (10.4 percent),Taiwan (10.4 percent) and Australia (59.3 percent). Imports in China averaged 504.85 USD HML from 1983 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 1830.94 USD HML in March of 2013 and a record low of 16.60 USD HML in July of 1983.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-04-13 02:00 AM Mar 20.3% 38.1% 18%
2017-05-08 04:00 AM Apr 11.9% 20.3% 18%
2017-06-08 03:00 AM May 14.8% 11.9% 8.5%
2017-07-13 07:35 AM Jun 14.8%
2017-08-08 03:00 AM Jul
2017-09-08 02:00 AM Aug




China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 407.90 380.33 628.33 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1910.30 1799.88 2273.72 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1502.20 1419.56 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 190.00 118.11 1330.85 -8.96 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 1.80 2.70 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
External Debt 14207.00 14162.00 14207.00 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 94.15 92.03 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 341.08 415.50 1262.67 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -190.00 464.08 464.08 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 128.50 161.00 216.60 21.70 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1842.56 1842.56 1842.56 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3929.00 3855.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Weapons Sales 2123.00 1764.00 2606.00 3.00 USD Million [+]
Terrorism Index 6.11 6.29 6.29 1.47 [+]
Exports to India 5949567.00 5533093.00 5949567.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]

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China Imports Notes

China’s main imports are mechanical and electrical products (34 percent of total imports) and high tech goods (23 percent). The country is also one of the biggest consumers of commodities in the world. Among commodities the biggest demand is for crude oil (6 percent of total imports), iron ore (2 percent), copper and aluminum. Agricultural products account for 5 percent. China’s main import partners are: the European Union (12 percent of total imports, of which Germany accounts for 5 percent), ASEAN countries (12 percent, of which Malaysia accounts for 3 percent), South Korea (10 percent), Japan, Taiwan and the US (9 percent each) and Australia (4 percent). 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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1502.20 1419.56 1830.94 16.60 1983 - 2017 USD HML Monthly
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