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). source: General Administration of Customs

Imports in China averaged 592.12 USD HML from 1981 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 2273.36 USD HML in March 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 April of 2021.

Imports in China is expected to be 1750.00 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 2180.00 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
2273.36 1671.78 2273.36 13.88 1981 - 2021 USD HML Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-12-07 03:00 AM Nov 4.5% 4.7% 6.1% 5.2%
2021-01-14 03:00 AM Dec 6.5% 4.5% 5%
2021-03-07 03:00 AM Jan-Feb 22.2% 6.5% 15% 12%
2021-04-13 03:00 AM Mar 38.1% 22.2% 23.3%


News Stream
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 Surge in January-February
Imports to China jumped 22.2% yoy to USD 365.62 billion in January-February 2021 combined, after a 6.5% rise in December, beating market consensus of a 15% increase. This was the fifth straight month of growth in inbound shipments, boosted by improving domestic demand in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, continued fiscal stimulus, and higher commodity prices. Arrivals grew in terms of volume for iron ore (2.8%), steel (17.4%), unwrought copper and copper materials (4.7%), natural gas (17.4%), crude oil (4.1%), the primary form of plastics (8%), mechanical and electrical products (25.4%), and meat (27.6%). In contrast, imports fell for coal (-39.5%), refined oil (-19.4%), and soybean (-0.8%). Imports soared from the US (66.3%), Japan (26%), South Korea (21.7%), Taiwan (41.2%), the ASEAN countries (29.6%), and the EU (32.3%),
2021-03-07
China Imports Reach New Record
Imports to China increased by 6.5 percent year-on-year to a record high of USD 203.7 billion in December of 2020, after a 4.5 percent rise a month earlier and above market consensus of a 5 percent increase. This was the fourth straight month of growth in inbound shipments, supported by improving domestic demand and higher commodity prices. Purchases rose for both coal (1,619.85%), natural gas (18.06%). In contrast, imports fell for crude oil (-15.42%), refined products (-34.35%), unwrought copper (-2.78%), copper ores & concentrates (-2.23%), iron ore (-4.5%), steel products (-7.28%), soybeans (-21.16%), and rubber (-2.06%). Considering the whole 2020, purchases dropped by 1.1 percent. Imports from the US however, were up 9.8 percent.
2021-01-14
China Imports Rise Less than Forecast
Imports to China increased by 4.5 percent year-on-year to USD 192.65 billion in November 2020, after a 4.7 percent rise a month earlier and missing market consensus of a 6.1 percent increase. This was the third straight month of growth in inbound shipments, supported by improving domestic demand and higher commodity prices. Imports were up for unwrought copper (16.2 percent), iron ore (8.3 percent), steel products (78.3 percent), soybeans (15.8 percent), and rubber (11.8 percent). Conversely, purchases were down for crude oil (-0.8 percent), natural gas (-3 percent), copper ores & concentrates (-15.1 percent), coal (-43.8 percent), and edible vegetable oil (-23 percent). Among key trade partners, imports rose from ASEAN (11 percent), the EU (4.5 percent), the US (32.7 percent), Taiwan (21.7 percent), South Korea (5.9 percent), Japan (7.1 percent), and Australia (9.2 percent).
2020-12-07

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 21261300.00 33408500.00 USD THO Mar/21
Japan 19245100.00 28368600.00 USD THO Mar/21
South Korea 17810600.00 29368800.00 USD THO Mar/21
United States 17290400.00 29267800.00 USD THO Mar/21
Australia 13159400.00 20507400.00 USD THO Mar/21
Germany 10283200.00 18167400.00 USD THO Mar/21
Malaysia 8355200.00 13123400.00 USD THO Mar/21
Vietnam 8062400.00 13799300.00 USD THO Mar/21
Brazil 7263000.00 12605500.00 USD THO Mar/21
Russia 6206300.00 9862800.00 USD THO Mar/21
Thailand 5257000.00 7946400.00 USD THO Mar/21
Saudi Arabia 4703502.00 3760997.00 USD THO Mar/21
Indonesia 4647800.00 7659000.00 USD THO Mar/21
Singapore 3350500.00 5427200.00 USD THO Mar/21
Chile 3238545.00 3065379.00 USD THO Mar/21
France 3177500.00 5254700.00 USD THO Mar/21
United Kingdom 3004800.00 3528800.00 USD THO Mar/21
Canada 2951700.00 3853000.00 USD THO Mar/21
Italy 2948500.00 4460600.00 USD THO Mar/21
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 96853900.00 159755800.00 USD THO Mar/21
High-&-new-tech Products 70323200.00 113757200.00 USD THO Mar/21
Integrated Circuit 35866500.00 57727300.00 USD THO Mar/21
Fuels & Related Materials 32217389.00 26602029.00 USD THO Mar/21
Crude Petroleum (value) 22216700.00 33962000.00 USD THO Mar/21
Agricultural Products 17592000.00 32087700.00 USD THO Mar/21
Iron Ore & Concentrates 16387100.00 26223700.00 USD THO Mar/21
Iron Ores & Concentrate 16387100.00 26223700.00 USD THO Mar/21
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 5354200.00 8263600.00 USD THO Mar/21
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 4897000.00 7153300.00 USD THO Mar/21
Copper Ore & Concentrate 4664500.00 7529200.00 USD THO Mar/21
Copper Ores & Concentrate 4664500.00 7529200.00 USD THO Mar/21
Pharmaceuticals 4593700.00 6129000.00 USD THO Mar/21
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 4405223.00 2546930.00 USD THO Mar/21
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 4308100.00 8439200.00 USD THO Mar/21
Measuring Instruments 4227786.00 2479076.00 USD THO Mar/21
Soybean 3926000.00 6273700.00 USD THO Mar/21
Parts of Motor Vehicles 3279200.00 6712000.00 USD THO Mar/21
Iron & Steel 3150117.00 2778615.00 USD THO Mar/21
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 3059500.00 7312100.00 USD THO Mar/21

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