China Imports  1981-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Imports to China surged 27.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 187.52 billion in July, way faster than market expectations of a 16.2 percent rise and compared with a 14.1 percent growth in June. Coal shipments soared 49.1 percent to 29.01 million tonnes, the highest since January 2014, and copper concentrate shipments rose 31.8 percent to a record 1.845 million tonnes. In addition, imports increased for: copper (452,000 tonnes vs 390,000 tonnes); crude oil (36.02 million tonnes vs 34.74 million tones); and iron ore (89.96 million tonnes vs 86.25 million tonnes). Meantime, soybeans shipments fell 20.6 percent to 8.01 million tonnes in July as Beijing imposed a 25 percent tariff on a list of American products totaling USD 34 billion, including soybeans, on July 6th. Imports in China averaged 508.87 USD HML from 1981 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1879.39 USD HML in May of 2018 and a record low of 13.88 USD HML in February of 1983.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-06-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 26% 21.5% 18.7%
2018-07-13 03:00 AM Imports YoY 14.1% 26% 20.8%
2018-08-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 27.3% 14.1% 16.2%
2018-09-08 02:00 AM Imports YoY 27.3%
2018-10-12 02:30 AM Imports YoY
2018-11-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY


China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 280.50 414.70 612.86 -320.02 USD HML [+]
Exports 2155.70 2165.97 2315.45 12.50 USD HML [+]
Imports 1875.20 1751.27 1879.39 13.88 USD HML [+]
Current Account 58.00 -341.00 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 99.70 102.08 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 683.20 540.60 1310.35 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -58.00 725.40 725.40 -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 3774.00 3758.00 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 August of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1875.20 1751.27 1879.39 13.88 1981 - 2018 USD HML Monthly
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