China Imports  1983-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Imports to China increased by 4.5 percent year-on-year to USD 177.10 billion in December of 2017, much slower a 17.7 percent in a month earlier and below market expectations of a 13 percent growth. It was the weakest increase in inbound shipments since December 2016. Crude oil imports came in at 33.7 million tonnes in December, or 7.94 million barrels per day, down from November's 9.01 million barrels per day, which is the second-highest level on record. Purchases of liquefied natural gas hit a record of 7.89 million tonnes. Considering full 2017, inbound shipments gained 15.9 percent, the most since 2011. Imports in China averaged 523.65 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
2017-11-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 17.2% 18.7% 16.0%
2017-12-08 03:00 AM Imports YoY 17.7% 17.2% 11.3%
2018-01-12 03:00 AM Imports YoY 4.5% 17.7% 13%
2018-02-08 02:00 AM Imports YoY 4.5%
2018-03-08 06:30 AM Imports YoY
2018-04-13 02:00 AM Imports YoY


China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 546.85 402.14 628.33 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 2317.86 2173.82 2317.86 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1771.01 1771.68 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 404.75 508.87 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 97.51 95.98 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1343.03 1215.85 1343.03 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows 142.35 -4.49 464.08 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2815.12 2598.54 2815.12 22.96 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1842.56 1842.56 1842.56 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3779.00 3758.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.54 6.11 6.29 1.47 [+]
Weapons Sales 2123.00 1764.00 2606.00 3.00 USD Million [+]
Exports to India 6546000.00 6202592.00 6546000.00 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 January of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1771.01 1771.68 1830.94 16.60 1983 - 2017 USD HML Monthly
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