Imports to China rose by 36.7% year-on-year to USD 229.89 billion in June 2021, compared with market consensus of a 30% growth and after a decade-high figure of 51.1% a month earlier, amid rising commodity prices, slowing manufacturing and as domestic demand moderated following the latest COVID-19 outbreak in some regions. Purchases grew for natural gas (22.56%), copper ores & concentrates (5.09%), and coal (12.27%). In contrast, arrivals fell for crude oil (-24.53%), refined products (-39.0%), unwrought copper (-35.09%), iron ore (-12.06%), steel products (-33.4%), soybeans (-3.92%), edible oil (-0.2%), and rubber (-13.48%), and meat (-17.08%). source: General Administration of Customs

Imports in China averaged 602.28 USD HML from 1981 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 2298.90 USD HML in June of 2021 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 July of 2021.

Imports in China is expected to be 2280.00 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 2240.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the China Imports is projected to trend around 2200.00 USD HML in 2022 and 2350.00 USD HML in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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China Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2298.90 2183.83 2298.90 13.88 1981 - 2021 USD HML Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-13 03:00 AM Mar 38.1% 22.2% 23.3%
2021-05-07 03:00 AM Apr 43.1% 38.1% 42.5% 37%
2021-06-07 03:00 AM May 51.1% 43.1% 51.5% 50%
2021-07-13 03:00 AM Jun 36.7% 51.1% 30% 32%


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China Import Growth Slows
Imports to China rose by 36.7 percent year-on-year to USD 229.89 billion in June 2021, compared with market consensus of a 30 percent growth and after a decade-high figure of 51.1 percent a month earlier, as domestic demand moderated following the latest COVID-19 outbreak in some regions. Purchases grew for natural gas (22.56%), copper ores & concentrates (5.09%), and coal (12.27%). In contrast, arrivals fell for crude oil (-24.53%), refined products (-39.0%), unwrought copper (-35.09%), iron ore (-12.06%), steel products (-33.4%), soybeans (-3.92%), edible oil (-0.2%), and rubber (-13.48%), and meat (-17.08%).
2021-07-13
China Imports Rise the Most in Over a Decade
Imports to China jumped 51.1 percent year-on-year to USD 218.38 billion in May 2021, compared with market consensus of 51.5 percent surge, and after a 43.1 percent rise a month earlier. This was the steepest increase in inbound shipments since January 2011, amid strengthening domestic demand, surging commodity prices and a low base effect from last year. Purchases rose for natural gas (31.67%), unwrought copper (1.3%), copper ores & concentrates (15.09%), iron ore (3.17%), soybeans (2.42%), edible oil (47.59%), and rubber (5.67%). In contrast, purchases fell for crude oil (-14.6%), refined products (-40.43%), coal (-4.62%), steel products (-5.78%), and meat (-3.31%). Imports from all major trading partners rose: Japan (33.6%), South Korea (31.9%), Taiwan (29.5%), the EU (57.7%), the US (40.5%), Australia (55.4%), and ASEAN (53.8%). Considering the first five months of the year, imports were up 35.6 percent.
2021-06-07
China Imports Rise the Most in Over a Decade
Imports to China jumped 43.1 percent year-on-year USD 221.07 billion in April 2021, compared with market consensus of 42.5 percent, and after a 38.1 percent growth a month earlier. This was the fastest growth in inbound shipments since January 2011, amid strengthening domestic demand and surging commodity prices. Purchases rose for natural gas (31.25 percent), unwrought copper (5.41 percent), iron ore (2.98 percent), steel products (16.24 percent), soybeans (11 percent), edible oil (47.74 percent), rubber (15.63 percent), and meat (6.96 percent). In contrast, imports fell for crude oil (-0.18%), copper ores & concentrates (-5.37%), and unwrought aluminium and products (-0.62%), and coal (-29.78%). Imports from major trading partners rose: Japan (25.2%), South Korea (29.5%), Taiwan (25.5%), the US (51.7%), ASEAN (40.6%), and the EU (43.3%).
2021-05-07
China Imports Hit Record High in March
Imports to China jumped 38.1 percent year-on-year to an all-time high of USD 227.3 billion in March 2021, the fastest pace since February 2017 and compared with market consensus of a 23.3 percent rise, on higher commodity prices and improving domestic demand. Purchases were up for crude oil (20.8 percent), natural gas (26.1 percent), unwrought copper (25.0 percent), copper ore & concentrates (22.0 percent), iron ore (18.9 percent), steel products (16.3 percent), soybeans (81.6 percent), edible oil (66.1 percent), rubber (18.1 percent), and meat (11.4 percent). In contrast, coal imports were down 1.8 percent. Among major trade partners, purchases increased from ASEAN (38.4 percent), the EU (33.8 percent), Taiwan (40.6 percent), Japan (30.4 percent), South Korea (22.7 percent), the US (74.8 percent), and Australia (47.3 percent).
2021-04-13

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 21502100.00 19193100.00 USD THO Jun/21
Japan 18514700.00 16651500.00 USD THO Jun/21
South Korea 17786600.00 17123200.00 USD THO Jun/21
Australia 14670200.00 13601300.00 USD THO Jun/21
United States 14333000.00 13107600.00 USD THO Jun/21
Brazil 11636600.00 10423400.00 USD THO Jun/21
Germany 10629300.00 10559700.00 USD THO Jun/21
Malaysia 8947500.00 9118700.00 USD THO Jun/21
Vietnam 7769800.00 6976700.00 USD THO Jun/21
Russia 6235300.00 5718700.00 USD THO Jun/21
Thailand 5519700.00 5973500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Indonesia 4801000.00 4517600.00 USD THO Jun/21
Saudi Arabia 4613556.00 4424339.00 USD THO Jun/21
Singapore 3387100.00 3282900.00 USD THO Jun/21
France 3360700.00 3535500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Canada 2953100.00 2360900.00 USD THO Jun/21
Switzerland 2873199.00 2671892.00 USD THO Jun/21
South Africa 2858500.00 3380600.00 USD THO Jun/21
Italy 2851100.00 2610500.00 USD THO Jun/21
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 99904700.00 91871200.00 USD THO Jun/21
High-&-new-tech Products 72335800.00 66111500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Integrated Circuit 37955700.00 33246500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Fuels & Related Materials 32344459.38 30751474.47 USD THO Jun/21
Agricultural Products 20242700.00 19752800.00 USD THO Jun/21
Crude Petroleum (value) 19876100.00 19418900.00 USD THO Jun/21
Iron Ore & Concentrates 16784300.00 15623500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Iron Ores & Concentrate 16784300.00 15623500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Soybean 6081600.00 5105400.00 USD THO Jun/21
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 5812300.00 5977700.00 USD THO Jun/21
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 5757500.00 5013300.00 USD THO Jun/21
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 4371100.00 4405800.00 USD THO Jun/21
Measuring Instruments 4216784.00 3426471.00 USD THO Jun/21
Copper Ore & Concentrate 4140000.00 4625500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Copper Ores & Concentrate 4140000.00 4625500.00 USD THO Jun/21
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 3934700.00 3578400.00 USD THO Jun/21
Pharmaceuticals 3768900.00 3598300.00 USD THO Jun/21
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 3591131.45 3253462.38 USD THO Jun/21
Iron & Steel 3466981.92 3607694.99 USD THO Jun/21
Parts of Motor Vehicles 3110500.00 3232500.00 USD THO Jun/21

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