Imports to China rose by 4.7 percent year-on-year to USD 178.74 billion in October 2020, after a 13.2 percent surge a month earlier and less than market estimates of a 9.5 percent increase. This was the second straight month of growth in inbound shipments, as domestic demand recovery from the COVID-19 shocks continued. Purchases of unwrought copper and copper products jumped 43.4 percent yoy to 618,108 tonnes. Also, imports of iron ore grew 14.9% to 106.74 million tonnes, with arrivals from both Brazil and South Africa increasing. In addition, purchases of soybean soared 41% to 8.69 million, due to rising cargoes from Brazil and the US. In contrast, imports of crude oil fell 6.7% to 42.56 million tonnes. source: General Administration of Customs

Imports in China averaged 577.56 USD HML from 1981 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2027.59 USD HML in September of 2020 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 November of 2020.

Imports in China is expected to be 1740.00 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 1800.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the China Imports is projected to trend around 1900.00 USD HML in 2021 and 1920.00 USD HML in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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China Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1787.39 2027.59 2027.59 13.88 1981 - 2020 USD HML Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-07 03:00 AM Jul -1.4% 2.7% 1% 1.5%
2020-09-07 03:00 AM Aug -2.1% -1.4% 0.1% 0.1%
2020-10-13 03:00 AM Sep 13.2% -2.1% 0.3% 0.5%
2020-11-07 03:00 AM Oct 4.7% 13.2% 9.5% 10.5%
2020-12-07 03:00 AM Nov 4.7% 5.2%
2021-01-14 03:00 AM Dec
2021-03-07 03:00 AM Jan-Feb
2021-04-14 03:30 AM Mar


News Stream
China Imports Rise Less than Forecast in October
Imports to China rose by 4.7 percent year-on-year to USD 178.74 billion in October 2020, after a 13.2 percent surge a month earlier and less than market estimates of a 9.5 percent increase. This was the second straight month of growth in inbound shipments, as domestic demand recovery from the COVID-19 shocks continued. Purchases of unwrought copper and copper products jumped 43.4 percent yoy to 618,108 tonnes. Also, imports of iron ore grew 14.9% to 106.74 million tonnes, with arrivals from both Brazil and South Africa increasing. In addition, purchases of soybean soared 41% to 8.69 million, due to rising cargoes from Brazil and the US. In contrast, imports of crude oil fell 6.7% to 42.56 million tonnes.
2020-11-07
China Imports Beat Forecasts to Hit Record High
Imports to China jumped 13.2 percent year-on-year to an all-time high of USD 202.8 billion in September 2020, far above market expectations of a 0.3 percent rise and following a 2.1 percent drop a month earlier. This was the first increase in imports in three months, as the domestic demand recovery from the pandemic shock continued. Imports were up for crude oil (17.6 percent), natural gas (5.5 percent), unwrought copper (62.3 percent), copper ores & concentrates (35.2 percent), iron ore (9.3 percent), steel products (159.2 percent), soybeans (19.4 percent) and rubber (58.6 percent). Among key trade partners, imports rose from the US (24.7 percent), Taiwan (35.8 percent), ASEAN (13.2 percent), South Korea (17.2 percent) and Japan (13.4 percent). Meanwhile, imports from Australia declined 9.5 percent.
2020-10-13
China Imports Unexpectedly Drop in August
Imports to China unexpectedly fell by 2.1 percent year-on-year to USD 176.3 billion in August of 2020, missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain and following a 1.4 percent drop a month earlier. This was the second straight decline in imports, due to weak domestic consumption. Compared to the previous month, imports fell for major commodities including crude oil, iron ore and soybeans. Imports of copper were down 12.3 percent from a record high in July, but were still up by 65.5 percent from a year earlier. Imports of crude oil were 47.48 million tonnes in August, down from a record high in July but increased 12.6 percent from a year earlier. Iron ore imports fell 10.9 percent to 100.36 million tonnes, easing from a record high on fewer shipments from big miners and port congestion, but were still 5.8 percent higher over a year earlier. Purchases from the US went up 2 percent to USD 10.5 billion and those from the European Union plunged 29.7 percent.
2020-09-07
China Imports Unexpectedly Fall
Imports to China dropped by 1.4 percent year-on-year to USD 175.3 billion in July 2020, missing market expectations of a 1 percent gain and following a 2.7 percent rise a month earlier, due to weaker commodities prices and payback following strong shipments the previous year. Meanwhile, import volumes of industrial raw materials remained robust, with record imports of iron ore and copper, along with a sharp jump in crude oil. Among major trade partners, imports were down from Australia (-7.2 percent), but increased from Taiwan (16.6 percent), ASEAN (3.1 percent), Japan (5.1 percent), South Korea (4.8 percent) and the US (3.6 percent).
2020-08-07

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 19013300.00 21135500.00 USD THO Oct/20
Japan 14914300.00 17187300.00 USD THO Oct/20
South Korea 14875300.00 17535400.00 USD THO Oct/20
United States 12455700.00 13207000.00 USD THO Oct/20
Australia 10106400.00 9976900.00 USD THO Oct/20
Germany 9036200.00 10659700.00 USD THO Oct/20
Vietnam 7973100.00 8795500.00 USD THO Oct/20
Brazil 7561700.00 8602900.00 USD THO Oct/20
Malaysia 5921600.00 7438000.00 USD THO Oct/20
Russia 4627500.00 5417600.00 USD THO Oct/20
Thailand 3933000.00 4812000.00 USD THO Oct/20
Saudi Arabia 3680740.00 2605678.00 USD THO Sep/20
Indonesia 2903100.00 3445600.00 USD THO Oct/20
Chile 2638824.00 1918802.00 USD THO Sep/20
France 2575800.00 2755400.00 USD THO Oct/20
Singapore 2420600.00 3112900.00 USD THO Oct/20
South Africa 2186400.00 2209600.00 USD THO Oct/20
India 1963000.00 2108000.00 USD THO Oct/20
Italy 1931500.00 2522300.00 USD THO Oct/20
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 85490300.00 97482200.00 USD THO Oct/20
High-&-new-tech Products 60537600.00 70632700.00 USD THO Oct/20
Integrated Circuit 31364500.00 37111500.00 USD THO Oct/20
Fuels & Related Materials 22652248.00 22026756.00 USD THO Sep/20
Agricultural Products 13906200.00 15258900.00 USD THO Oct/20
Crude Petroleum (value) 13275200.00 15933100.00 USD THO Oct/20
Iron Ore & Concentrates 12788700.00 12022000.00 USD THO Oct/20
Iron Ores & Concentrate 12788700.00 12022000.00 USD THO Oct/20
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 5093500.00 5451700.00 USD THO Oct/20
Iron & Steel 4403234.00 4008592.00 USD THO Sep/20
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 4280500.00 4916900.00 USD THO Oct/20
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 4026200.00 5971200.00 USD THO Oct/20
Measuring Instruments 3782447.00 3380374.00 USD THO Sep/20
Soybean 3474300.00 3748900.00 USD THO Oct/20
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 3320605.00 3076606.00 USD THO Sep/20
Parts of Motor Vehicles 3238200.00 3159500.00 USD THO Oct/20
Copper Ore & Concentrate 2996100.00 3548500.00 USD THO Oct/20
Copper Ores & Concentrate 2996100.00 3548500.00 USD THO Oct/20
Copper & Its Alloys 2760280.00 2570289.00 USD THO Dec/19
Pharmaceuticals 2515400.00 3549400.00 USD THO Oct/20

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