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

Imports from China jumped 18.7 percent from the previous year to USD 169.79 billion in September 2017, beating market expectations of a 13.5 percent expansion and accelerating from 13.3 percent in August. It marked the eleventh straight month of growth in inbound shipments and the fastest in six months, boosted by industrial resources such as steel, copper, iron ore and coal. The country's iron ore imports rose to a record 103 million tonnes and copper imports were the highest since March. Also, imports of soybean rose 12.7 percent to 8.1 million tonnes. Among major trading partners, imports rose from the EU (up 30.9 percent to USD 22.7 billion); ASEAN countries (up 20.2 percent to USD 22.2 billion); South Korea (up 20.6 percent to USD 17.1 billion); Japan (up 17.8 percent to USD 15.8 billion); Taiwan (up 17.8 percent to USD 15.4 billion); the US (up 15.5 percent to USD 12.9 billion); and Australia (up 29 percent to USD 8.5 billion). Imports in China averaged 515.18 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 TEForecast
2017-08-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 11.0% 17.2% 16.6%
2017-09-08 02:00 AM Imports YoY 13.3% 11.0% 10%
2017-10-13 02:30 AM Imports YoY 18.7% 13.3% 13.5%
2017-11-08 02:00 AM Imports YoY 18.7%
2017-12-08 02:00 AM Imports YoY


China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 284.67 419.92 628.33 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1982.59 1992.29 2273.72 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1697.92 1572.38 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 508.87 183.89 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 96.77 97.44 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 940.13 815.04 1262.67 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -4.49 393.08 464.08 -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 3944.00 3829.00 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 5768041.00 6094426.00 6094426.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]

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China Imports

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 October of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1697.92 1572.38 1830.94 16.60 1983 - 2017 USD HML Monthly
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