Imports to China edged up 0.2% year-on-year to USD 228.2 billion in December 2023, compared with market forecasts of a 0.3% rise and following a 0.6% fall in the prior month. The latest figure highlighted that a recovery in domestic demand was fragile despite supportive measures from the government to spur consumption. Purchases increased for crude oil (0.6%), refined products (45.12%), natural gas (23.05%), copper ore & concentrates (17.97%), coal (53.2%), and iron ore (11.01%). On the other hand, imports fell for unwrought copper (-10.64%), steel products (-4.29%), soybeans (-7.01%), edible oil (-11.37%), rubber (-5.12%), and meat (-18.57%). Imports rose from Japan (1.8%), South Korea (0.7%), the EU (0.4%), and Australia (24.9%); while falling from Taiwan (-9.0%), the US (-6.1%), and the ASEAN countries (-2.3%). For the whole year, imports shrank by 5.5% to USD 2.56 trillion. source: General Administration of Customs

Imports YoY in China increased to 0.20 percent in December from -0.70 percent in November of 2023. Imports YoY in China averaged 14.05 percent from 1991 until 2023, reaching an all time high of 85.50 percent in January of 2010 and a record low of -43.10 percent in January of 2009. This page includes a chart with historical data for China Imports YoY. China Imports YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2024.

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China Imports YoY


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2023-12-07 03:00 AM
Imports YoY
Nov -0.6% 3% 3.3% 4.0%
2024-01-12 03:00 AM
Imports YoY
Dec 0.2% -0.6% 0.3% -0.5%
2024-03-07 03:00 AM
Imports YoY
Jan-Feb 0.2% 2% 1%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Balance of Trade 75.34 69.45 USD Billion Dec 2023
Exports 303.62 292.75 USD Billion Dec 2023
Imports 228.28 223.30 USD Billion Dec 2023
Imports YoY 0.20 -0.70 percent Dec 2023
Exports YoY 2.30 0.70 percent Dec 2023

China Imports YoY
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.20 -0.70 85.50 -43.10 1991 - 2023 percent Monthly
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China Imports Rise Less than Estimated
Imports to China edged up 0.2% year-on-year to USD 228.2 billion in December 2023, compared with market forecasts of a 0.3% rise and following a 0.6% fall in the prior month. The latest figure highlighted that a recovery in domestic demand was fragile despite supportive measures from the government to spur consumption. Purchases increased for crude oil (0.6%), refined products (45.12%), natural gas (23.05%), copper ore & concentrates (17.97%), coal (53.2%), and iron ore (11.01%). On the other hand, imports fell for unwrought copper (-10.64%), steel products (-4.29%), soybeans (-7.01%), edible oil (-11.37%), rubber (-5.12%), and meat (-18.57%). Imports rose from Japan (1.8%), South Korea (0.7%), the EU (0.4%), and Australia (24.9%); while falling from Taiwan (-9.0%), the US (-6.1%), and the ASEAN countries (-2.3%). For the whole year, imports shrank by 5.5% to USD 2.56 trillion.
2024-01-12
China Imports Unexpectedly Drop
Imports to China unexpectedly fell by 0.6% year-on-year to USD 223.54 billion in November 2023, missing market forecasts of a 3.3% rise and reversing from a 3.0% growth in the prior month. This was the 10th time of decline in purchases so far this year, underlining fragile domestic demand despite a wide-ranging plan from the government to restore consumption. Purchases decreased for crude oil (-9.18%), steel products (-18.67%), edible oil (-18.88%), rubber (-7.18%), and meat (-16.42%). Conversely, imports grew for refined products (34.19%), natural gas (6.1%), unwrought copper (1.98%), copper ore & concentrates (1.29%), coal (34.66%), iron ore (3.94%), and soybeans (7.76%). Imports contracted from Japan (-0.3%), South Korea (-2.3%), the US (-15.1%), and ASEAN countries (-6.4%); while expanding from Taiwan (5.8%), EU (1.6%), and Australia (8.6%). For the January to November period, imports shrank 6.0% from the same period of 2022.
2023-12-07
China Imports Unexpectedly Grow
Imports into China unexpectedly rose by 3.0% year-on-year to USD 218.3 billion in October 2023, beating market consensus of a 4.8% drop and swinging from a 6.2% drop in September. This was the first growth in purchases since February following efforts from Beijing to stimulate domestic demand and signs of stockpiling. Purchases increased for crude oil (13.51%), refined products (63.24%), natural gas (15.51%), unwrought copper (23.68%), copper ore & concentrates (23.60%), soybeans (24.6%), and edible oil (27.19%). In contrast, imports contracted for steel products (-12.99%), rubber (-2.02%), and meat (-12.70%). Purchases expanded from the EU (5.8%), Australia (12.0%), and ASEAN (10.2%); while declining from the US (-3.7%), Japan (-8.3%), South Korea (-8.9%), and Taiwan (-2.8%). For the January to October period, imports shrank 6.5% from the same period of 2022.
2023-11-07

China Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 34693700.00 24717792.00 USD Thousand Feb/20
Taiwan 17503150.91 18424715.85 USD Thousand Dec/23
Japan 14973386.88 14114326.84 USD Thousand Dec/23
United States 14937851.79 13995032.64 USD Thousand Dec/23
South Korea 14478609.00 15017497.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Australia 13831120.98 12772846.57 USD Thousand Dec/23
Brazil 11729535.38 11416902.11 USD Thousand Dec/23
Russia 11196184.34 11208452.96 USD Thousand Dec/23
Vietnam 9477502.10 9667098.20 USD Thousand Dec/23
Malaysia 9347429.20 9112810.31 USD Thousand Dec/23
Germany 8689245.72 8288179.94 USD Thousand Dec/23
Indonesia 6763848.94 6274129.12 USD Thousand Dec/23
Saudi Arabia 4590348.00 5369798.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Switzerland 4589219.00 4357899.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Thailand 4317365.89 3855252.38 USD Thousand Dec/23
Chile 3875308.50 3425908.71 USD Thousand Dec/23
United Arab Emirates 3799370.01 3042488.76 USD Thousand Dec/23
France 3269926.41 2817663.50 USD Thousand Dec/23
Canada 3260035.94 5338198.20 USD Thousand Dec/23
Iraq 3224359.49 2799293.18 USD Thousand Dec/23
Oman 3155180.89 2924768.76 USD Thousand Dec/23
Singapore 2786872.22 2780900.77 USD Thousand Dec/23
Italy 2248825.00 2348246.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
South Africa 2040922.80 2946655.30 USD Thousand Dec/23
Qatar 2030659.00 1407278.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Angola 1951622.40 1459721.50 USD Thousand Dec/23
United Kingdom 1935616.63 1524891.44 USD Thousand Dec/23
Netherlands 1922893.28 1552505.31 USD Thousand Dec/23
Philippines 1627630.00 1682229.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
India 1537549.00 1599327.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Mexico 1511535.40 1655141.90 USD Thousand Dec/23
Kuwait 1461821.00 1309162.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Kazakhstan 1452421.07 1857153.23 USD Dec/23
Mongolia 1403818.00 1261880.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Ireland 1272729.98 1933217.46 USD Dec/23
New Zealand 999715.59 907721.45 USD Thousand Dec/23
Hong Kong 931453.00 1031190.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Sweden 854904.10 665431.40 USD Dec/23
Israel 693860.71 789605.08 USD Thousand Dec/23
Spain 693593.96 684949.63 USD Thousand Dec/23
Argentina 677115.16 457367.22 USD Thousand Dec/23
Austria 628215.00 770089.00 USD Dec/23
Belgium 535585.76 600495.85 USD Thousand Dec/23
Denmark 532121.51 427580.58 USD Thousand Dec/23
Turkey 436442.38 461189.34 USD Thousand Dec/23
Iran 404383.50 404898.36 USD Thousand Dec/23
Laos 395431.00 332068.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Poland 395364.90 423027.46 USD Thousand Dec/23
Hungary 392703.80 421144.60 USD Thousand Dec/23
Finland 373210.24 338549.73 USD Thousand Dec/23
Nigeria 355156.66 237176.77 USD Dec/23
Pakistan 333037.01 310318.82 USD Thousand Dec/23
Portugal 321204.20 214400.60 USD Thousand Dec/23
Norway 277447.60 325573.29 USD Thousand Dec/23
Brunei 200344.00 234328.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Panama 141587.10 191721.10 USD Thousand Dec/23
Bangladesh 108278.00 87771.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Greece 56863.10 36594.39 USD Dec/23
Venezuela 52053.00 43588.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Jordan 28760.00 44788.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Sri Lanka 27507.00 26760.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Sudan 16659.79 78428.21 USD Thousand Dec/23
Macau 7756.54 8046.91 USD Thousand Dec/23
Lebanon 7089.00 6081.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Afghanistan 4520.00 16106.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Nepal 3349.00 3077.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Cyprus 2468.00 1970.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Bahrain 1972.00 4529.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Yemen 941.00 2439.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Maldives 3.00 1.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Bhutan 0.02 0.38 USD Thousand Dec/23
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 87892813.00 85830250.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
High-&-new-tech Products 64539901.00 63245989.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Fuels & Related Materials 47166021.82 43117615.22 USD Thousand Dec/23
Integrated Circuit 33358900.62 32660694.73 USD Thousand Dec/23
Crude Petroleum (value) 29341623.00 27558314.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Agricultural Products 20700855.47 18561682.95 USD Thousand Dec/23
Iron Ore & Concentrates 12431921.00 12037838.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Iron Ores & Concentrate 12431921.00 12037838.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 7458751.53 5782775.28 USD Thousand Dec/23
Soybean 5641641.65 4554029.06 USD Thousand Dec/23
Copper Ore & Concentrate 5249723.00 5221575.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Copper Ores & Concentrate 5249723.00 5221575.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 5244060.46 4895016.50 USD Thousand Dec/23
Coal 5156891.00 4545274.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 4312304.54 4588831.73 USD Thousand Dec/23
Pharmaceuticals 4120046.45 4219978.27 USD Thousand Dec/23
Measuring Instruments 3975334.00 3555896.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 3953971.00 4612708.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Sugar & Sugar Confectionery 3857415.47 3427610.47 USD Thousand Dec/23
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 3224557.95 3486939.34 USD Thousand Dec/23
Iron & Steel 3204775.48 2796633.73 USD Thousand Dec/23
Parts of Motor Vehicles 2789539.00 2363304.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Copper & Its Alloys 2760280.00 2570289.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Refined Petroleum Oil 2639407.00 2498172.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Cereals & Cereal Flour 2513108.00 1940029.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Diode & Semiconductors 2095469.00 2071463.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Paper Pulp 2055325.94 1849044.28 USD Thousand Dec/23
Four Wheel Drive Car 1759970.00 2207839.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Parts of Automatic Data Proc.equip. 1750230.00 1384539.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Plastic Products 1513123.00 1436732.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Cars Incl. Spare Parts 1471473.00 2616730.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Fresh and Dried Fruits and Nuts 1308907.90 865991.30 USD Thousand Dec/23
Parts of Telecoms Equipments 1076356.00 1286829.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Logs & Lumber 1046203.00 1013979.88 USD Thousand Dec/23
Steel Products 1043795.00 999742.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Lcd Panel 1040590.71 1061454.31 USD Thousand Dec/23
Fuel Oil 1002483.00 487567.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
No. 5-7 Fuel Oil 1002400.00 487600.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Steel Sheets & Plates 966843.00 736500.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Unwrought & Rolled Aluminum 824900.00 874744.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Edible Vegetable Oil (incl. Palm Oil) 798506.00 898996.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Iron & Steel Products 776637.32 773142.39 USD Thousand Dec/23
Synthetic Rubber 746079.00 679490.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Aircraft 685790.42 422627.85 USD Thousand Dec/23
Digital Central Processing Components 578602.00 428189.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Copper Products 576204.00 476867.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Machine Tools 567283.77 517014.59 USD Thousand Dec/23
Wood 548095.00 538402.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Timber 498108.00 475578.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Fertilizers 475451.79 418628.60 USD Thousand Dec/23
Paper & Paperboard 457241.00 406432.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Printing, Binding Machinery & Parts 432534.00 422737.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Digital Automatic Data Proc. Equip. 417929.00 184342.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Clocks, Watches & Parts 401017.24 388627.43 USD Thousand Dec/23
Cotton Yarn 383569.00 402413.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Insulated Wire Or Cable 361010.00 351777.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Semi-finished Steel Products 357953.00 271557.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Copper Waste & Scrap 342069.00 441703.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Liquid Lifting Machine 340922.00 336214.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Electric Motors & Generators 333181.00 339810.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Mechanical Handling Equipment 332723.00 303293.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Natural Rubber 330787.00 266719.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Sugar 314509.00 274716.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Textile Machinery & Spares 304904.00 253983.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Abs Resin 293348.00 287226.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Unwrought Aluminium & Aluminium 275485.00 234254.00 USD Thousand Nov/19
Iron & Steel Nails & Bolts 254667.00 261040.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Rape Oil & Mustard Oil 234154.00 277681.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Kerosene 216022.00 162417.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Rolled Aluminum 213908.00 216008.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Wheat 209720.00 217323.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Construction & Mining Machinery 208964.00 196810.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Gypsum, Cement & Related Materials 160395.00 147674.31 USD Thousand Dec/23
Wool 157052.00 148254.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Aluminum Oxides 134665.00 75980.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Manufactured Goods 130994.15 133433.87 USD Million Dec/23
Stone, Cement, Asbestos, Etc. Products 124991.21 112302.77 USD Thousand Dec/23
Ox & Horse Leather 124501.00 122408.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Synthetic Fibres & Woven Yarn 109142.00 109585.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Steel & Iron Pipe 98837.00 125035.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Primary Products 97283.84 90105.45 USD Million Dec/23
Synthetic Fibres, Filament & Yarn 87951.00 83450.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Synthetic Fiber For Spinning 70567.00 64652.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Cigarette 67981.00 42733.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Refrigerator & Equipment 62068.00 96269.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Soya Bean Oil 60667.00 37028.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Cotton Woven Fabrics 59841.00 62737.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Knitted Or Crocheted Fabrics 56686.20 65066.60 USD Thousand Dec/23
Mineral Products 43673.87 43830.42 USD Million May/19
Weaving Machines 42781.00 31880.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Electronic Integrated Circuits 42300.00 40700.00 Million Dec/23
Textile Yarn Machinery 41851.00 43306.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Diesel Oil 41612.00 42661.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Polyester Chips 38019.00 41698.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Electronic Technology 37475.47 36748.62 USD Million Dec/23
Inedible Crude Materials, Except Fuels 37295.08 35122.55 USD Million Dec/23
Paper Making Machinery &parts 36494.00 31147.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Trucks 35173.00 89488.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Food Processing Machinery & Parts 34745.00 26254.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Scrap Aluminum 32495.00 86484.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Steel Or Iron Angles, Shapes & Sections 25051.00 21108.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Machinery and Equipments 16191.56 16417.85 USD Million May/19
Plywood 13769.00 11944.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Chemical Industrial Products 13212.54 12301.59 USD Million May/19
Primary Products - Food & Live Animals 11183.93 10157.71 USD Million Dec/23
Computer and Communication Technology 9777.06 10019.23 USD Million Dec/23
Conveyance 8513.77 9017.90 USD Million May/19
Automobile Chassis & Engine 8439.00 7842.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Base Metal and Products 8088.01 8518.42 USD Million May/19
Apparatus and Instruments 8045.03 8329.28 USD Million May/19
Plastic and Products 6153.51 6346.83 USD Million May/19
Air Conditoner 6067.00 6369.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Life Scientific Technology 4209.24 4377.29 USD Million Dec/23
Photoelectricity Technology 3138.29 3225.36 USD Million Dec/21
Textile Material and Products 2983.35 2967.74 USD Million May/19
Auto Parts and Accessories 2789.54 2363.30 USD Million Dec/23
Aviation and Spaceflight Technology 2339.82 1998.27 USD Million Dec/23
Scrap Steel 2048.00 639.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Special Automobiles 1601.00 777.00 USD Thousand Dec/23
Dump Trucks Incl. Spare Parts 1569.00 742.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Metalwork 1435.13 1445.43 USD Million May/19
Bus, 10 to 29 Seater 1221.00 620.00 USD Thousand Dec/19
Biological Technology 688.97 739.21 USD Million Dec/23
Primary Products - Beverages & Tobacco 526.45 538.59 USD Million Dec/23
Material Technology 486.63 436.53 USD Million Dec/23
Non-food Raw Materials 372.95 351.23 USD Hundred Million Dec/23
Telephonic Switching Appar 1.12 0.25 Thousand Dec/19

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