Imports to China unexpectedly dropped 0.7% yoy to USD 213.17 billion in October 2022, compared with market estimates of a 0.1% rise and after a 0.3% increase a month earlier. This was the first contraction in arrivals since August 2020 as domestic demand weakened amid strict COVID curbs. Purchases of soybeans were down 19% yoy, hitting their lowest level since October 2014, amid high global prices and weak crush margins. Imports of copper also fell 1.5%. By contrast, purchases of crude oil grew 14%, the first rise in 5 months; iron ore went up 3.7% and coal 8.3%. source: General Administration of Customs

Imports YoY in China averaged 14.78 percent from 1991 until 2022, 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 November of 2022.

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China Imports YoY



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-10-24 02:00 AM Sep 0.3% 0.3% 1% 3%
2022-11-07 03:00 AM Oct -0.7% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2%
2022-12-07 03:00 AM Nov -0.7% -1.2%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Balance of Trade 85.15 84.74 USD Billion Oct 2022
Imports 213.22 238.01 USD Billion Oct 2022
Exports 298.37 322.76 USD Billion Oct 2022
Exports YoY -0.30 5.70 percent Oct 2022

China Imports YoY
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).
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.70 0.30 85.50 -43.10 1991 - 2022 percent Monthly
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China Imports Down for 1st Time in 26 Months
Imports to China unexpectedly dropped 0.7% yoy to USD 213.17 billion in October 2022, compared with market estimates of a 0.1% rise and after a 0.3% increase a month earlier. This was the first contraction in arrivals since August 2020 as domestic demand weakened amid strict COVID curbs. Purchases of soybeans were down 19% yoy, hitting their lowest level since October 2014, amid high global prices and weak crush margins. Imports of copper also fell 1.5%. By contrast, purchases of crude oil grew 14%, the first rise in 5 months; iron ore went up 3.7% and coal 8.3%.
2022-11-07
China Imports Grow Less than Expected
Imports to China edged up 0.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 238.01 billion in September 2022, the same pace as in the previous month and below market expectations of 1.0 percent increase, due to subdued domestic consumption, rising import prices and persistent COVID-19 restrictions. China's imports of copper jumped 25.6 percent, due to spending on infrastructure, while purchases of crude oil fell 2 percent, as refiners curbed throughput amid thin margins and lackluster demand. Arrivals from Russia, mostly oil and gas, rose 55.2 percent over a year earlier, while those from ASEAN were up by 4.9 percent. On the flip side, imports declined from Australia (-22.4 percent), South Korea (-9.2 percent), Japan (-8.9 percent), Taiwan (-8.8 percent), the EU (-8.4 percent), and the US (-4.6 percent). During the first nine months of the year, purchases rose by 4.1 percent from the same period in 2021.
2022-10-24
China Imports Rise Less than Expected
Imports to China edged up 0.3% yoy to USD 235.53 billion in August of 2022, missing market estimates of 1.1% and slowing from a 2.3% growth in the prior month. The latest result marked the slowest growth in inbound shipments since a stagnation in April, as consumption eased following the recent wave of COVID infections and fresh curbs. China's imports of coal rose the most so far this year as power generators scrambled for additional fuel to meet surging electricity demand in the face of severe heatwaves, while purchases of crude oil, iron ore and soybeans all fell. Imports from Russia surged 59.3% yoy while those from the ASEAN countries grew by 25.1%. During the first eight months of the year, purchases grew by 4.6% from the same period in 2021.
2022-09-07

China Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 34693700.00 24717800.00 USD THO Feb/20
Taiwan 19439780.64 21843079.15 USD THO Oct/22
South Korea 15650188.00 18041686.00 USD THO Oct/22
Japan 14668216.30 16518530.03 USD THO Oct/22
United States 12823845.06 14686909.02 USD THO Oct/22
Australia 10676260.10 11666630.25 USD THO Oct/22
Russia 10229782.55 10656146.57 USD THO Oct/22
Vietnam 8631121.10 9364059.90 USD THO Oct/22
Germany 8613929.05 9374600.17 USD THO Oct/22
Malaysia 8432655.06 9862712.23 USD THO Oct/22
Brazil 7623215.32 10352236.24 USD THO Oct/22
Saudi Arabia 6847877.00 6813831.00 USD THO Oct/22
Indonesia 6755053.22 7815749.05 USD THO Oct/22
Switzerland 4867225.00 4516511.00 USD THO Oct/22
Canada 4279457.51 3843005.23 USD THO Oct/22
United Arab Emirates 4145434.48 2521564.02 USD THO Oct/22
Thailand 4001830.12 4622292.69 USD THO Oct/22
Iraq 3397467.02 3808226.39 USD THO Oct/22
France 2881215.27 2762816.07 USD THO Oct/22
Oman 2723587.50 3150688.44 USD THO Oct/22
Chile 2640623.08 3621597.08 USD THO Oct/22
South Africa 2364492.30 3885159.90 USD THO Oct/22
Kuwait 2311565.00 2147274.00 USD THO Oct/22
Singapore 2127006.15 2773937.83 USD THO Oct/22
Italy 1844096.00 2328574.00 USD THO Oct/22
Qatar 1796054.00 1984463.00 USD THO Oct/22
Philippines 1718404.00 1897982.00 USD THO Oct/22
United Kingdom 1620093.48 1680923.48 USD THO Oct/22
Angola 1596529.30 1577588.80 USD THO Oct/22
Ireland 1367758.37 1555643.07 USD Oct/22
Mexico 1337226.10 1543942.40 USD THO Oct/22
New Zealand 1257207.55 1197555.02 USD THO Oct/22
India 1103587.00 1355105.00 USD THO Oct/22
Netherlands 1077161.66 987194.01 USD THO Oct/22
Kazakhstan 936798.75 1085648.09 USD Oct/22
Mongolia 886372.00 960788.00 USD THO Oct/22
Israel 825096.69 814151.16 USD THO Oct/22
Hong Kong 813147.00 863768.00 USD THO Oct/22
Spain 745291.66 777651.59 USD THO Oct/22
Austria 635809.00 792388.00 USD Oct/22
Belgium 610378.80 711075.93 USD THO Oct/22
Argentina 587262.93 884643.05 USD THO Oct/22
Sweden 506795.40 715270.50 USD Oct/22
Denmark 402677.56 497184.58 USD THO Oct/22
Finland 369200.03 467353.80 USD THO Oct/22
Iran 364871.53 415243.28 USD THO Oct/22
Hungary 362707.20 456146.60 USD THO Oct/22
Poland 358214.25 445323.53 USD THO Oct/22
Turkey 335277.31 316488.07 USD THO Oct/22
Norway 271306.66 261186.91 USD THO Oct/22
Laos 247402.00 252872.00 USD THO Oct/22
Pakistan 217627.65 182189.38 USD THO Oct/22
Portugal 214709.30 269989.90 USD THO Oct/22
Brunei 174638.00 147405.00 USD THO Oct/22
Greece 98442.17 56662.58 USD Oct/22
Nigeria 78540.66 97125.60 USD Oct/22
Bangladesh 71959.00 88858.00 USD THO Oct/22
Venezuela 62176.00 80851.00 USD THO Oct/22
Sudan 53225.82 61588.24 USD THO Oct/22
Jordan 36477.00 76994.00 USD THO Oct/22
Sri Lanka 30377.00 81564.00 USD THO Oct/22
Panama 27413.80 49028.00 USD THO Oct/22
Afghanistan 8755.00 600.00 USD THO Oct/22
Macau 7602.36 6660.46 USD THO Oct/22
Cyprus 2469.00 1704.00 USD THO Oct/22
Lebanon 2238.00 3951.00 USD THO Oct/22
Nepal 1235.00 2141.00 USD THO Oct/22
Bahrain 1124.00 1024.00 USD THO Oct/22
Yemen 630.00 208233.00 USD THO Oct/22
Bhutan 2.67 0.23 USD THO Oct/22
Maldives 0.00 2.00 USD THO Oct/22
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 84207230.70 95344429.00 USD THO Oct/22
High-&-new-tech Products 61165728.59 71054023.00 USD THO Oct/22
Fuels & Related Materials 43500415.70 45028829.61 USD THO Oct/22
Integrated Circuit 34519223.25 39065340.19 USD THO Oct/22
Crude Petroleum (value) 29843581.00 28841925.00 USD THO Oct/22
Agricultural Products 17023885.88 20474367.88 USD THO Oct/22
Iron Ores & Concentrate 9194877.00 10383053.00 USD THO Oct/22
Iron Ore & Concentrates 9194876.82 10383053.00 USD THO Oct/22
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 5472620.86 7280158.81 USD THO Oct/22
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 4080993.48 4309877.67 USD THO Oct/22
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 3782288.57 5026000.76 USD THO Oct/22
Copper Ore & Concentrate 3728531.07 4590670.00 USD THO Oct/22
Copper Ores & Concentrate 3728531.00 4590670.00 USD THO Oct/22
Coal 3708852.33 3970678.00 USD THO Oct/22
Iron & Steel 3468507.38 3803016.05 USD THO Oct/22
Measuring Instruments 3332133.00 3983517.00 USD THO Oct/22
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 3307753.47 4189976.00 USD THO Oct/22
Soybean 2867759.49 5528769.91 USD THO Oct/22
Sugar & Sugar Confectionery 2860771.16 2540957.21 USD THO Oct/22
Pharmaceuticals 2781695.33 3339948.92 USD THO Oct/22
Copper & Its Alloys 2760280.00 2570289.00 USD THO Dec/19
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 2629735.15 3143650.93 USD THO Oct/22
Diode & Semiconductors 2277847.03 2629606.00 USD THO Oct/22
Parts of Motor Vehicles 2208942.70 2600888.00 USD THO Oct/22
Paper Pulp 1927828.31 2133258.79 USD THO Oct/22
Four Wheel Drive Car 1759970.00 2207839.00 USD THO Dec/19
Refined Petroleum Oil 1601372.00 1563343.00 USD THO Oct/22
Parts of Automatic Data Proc.equip. 1497699.00 2020611.00 USD THO Oct/22
Cars Incl. Spare Parts 1471473.00 2616730.00 USD THO Dec/19
Plastic Products 1413431.00 1588755.00 USD THO Oct/22
Steel Products 1319367.18 1405430.00 USD THO Oct/22
Cereals & Cereal Flour 1310114.00 1489674.00 USD THO Oct/22
Logs & Lumber 1129767.41 1280804.45 USD THO Oct/22
Parts of Telecoms Equipments 1076356.00 1286829.00 USD THO Dec/19
Lcd Panel 1005327.42 1112856.09 USD THO Oct/22
Fuel Oil 1002483.00 487567.00 USD THO Dec/19
No. 5-7 Fuel Oil 1002400.00 487600.00 USD THO Dec/19
Steel Sheets & Plates 966843.00 736500.00 USD THO Dec/19
Edible Vegetable Oil (incl. Palm Oil) 925814.88 985569.00 USD THO Oct/22
Aircraft 752284.36 1020975.64 USD THO Oct/22
Synthetic Rubber 746079.00 679490.00 USD THO Dec/19
Fresh and Dried Fruits and Nuts 728984.28 862423.72 USD THO Oct/22
Iron & Steel Products 707512.99 744372.26 USD THO Oct/22
Machine Tools 602229.90 527274.53 USD THO Oct/22
Copper Products 576204.00 476867.00 USD THO Dec/19
Timber 571741.00 641761.00 USD THO Oct/22
Wood 558027.00 639043.00 USD THO Oct/22
Unwrought & Rolled Aluminum 548946.00 599101.00 USD THO Oct/22
Wheat 516691.00 143608.00 USD THO Oct/22
Printing, Binding Machinery & Parts 500000.00 537446.00 USD THO Oct/22
Paper & Paperboard 457241.00 406432.00 USD THO Dec/19
Insulated Wire Or Cable 443393.00 457682.00 USD THO Oct/22
Clocks, Watches & Parts 361712.21 454151.24 USD THO Oct/22
Semi-finished Steel Products 357953.00 271557.00 USD THO Dec/19
Fertilizers 348854.25 450314.56 USD THO Oct/22
Copper Waste & Scrap 342069.00 441703.00 USD THO Dec/19
Liquid Lifting Machine 340922.00 336214.00 USD THO Dec/19
Electric Motors & Generators 333181.00 339810.00 USD THO Dec/19
Mechanical Handling Equipment 332723.00 303293.00 USD THO Dec/19
Natural Rubber 330787.00 266719.00 USD THO Dec/19
Textile Machinery & Spares 304904.00 253983.00 USD THO Dec/19
Abs Resin 293348.00 287226.00 USD THO Dec/19
Unwrought Aluminium & Aluminium 275485.00 234254.00 USD THO Nov/19
Digital Central Processing Components 255799.00 291652.00 USD THO Oct/22
Iron & Steel Nails & Bolts 254667.00 261040.00 USD THO Dec/19
Sugar 249096.00 370982.00 USD THO Oct/22
Kerosene 216022.00 162417.00 USD THO Dec/19
Rolled Aluminum 213908.00 216008.00 USD THO Dec/19
Construction & Mining Machinery 208964.00 196810.00 USD THO Dec/19
Gypsum, Cement & Related Materials 181336.74 170190.55 USD THO Oct/22
Cotton Yarn 167073.00 247855.00 USD THO Oct/22
Wool 154408.00 185831.00 USD THO Oct/22
Aluminum Oxides 134665.00 75980.00 USD THO Dec/19
Manufactured Goods 129252.18 145721.67 USD Million Oct/22
Rape Oil & Mustard Oil 123922.00 75648.00 USD THO Oct/22
Trucks 116602.00 97969.00 USD THO Oct/22
Stone, Cement, Asbestos, Etc. Products 114280.99 119042.93 USD THO Oct/22
Synthetic Fibres & Woven Yarn 109142.00 109585.00 USD THO Dec/19
Ox & Horse Leather 107595.00 131335.00 USD THO Oct/22
Steel & Iron Pipe 98837.00 125035.00 USD THO Dec/19
Synthetic Fibres, Filament & Yarn 85440.00 93950.00 USD THO Oct/22
Digital Automatic Data Proc. Equip. 85229.00 101732.00 USD THO Oct/22
Primary Products 83965.72 92290.08 USD Million Oct/22
Synthetic Fiber For Spinning 70567.00 64652.00 USD THO Dec/19
Knitted Or Crocheted Fabrics 68863.60 67509.80 USD THO Oct/22
Cigarette 67981.00 42733.00 USD THO Dec/19
Refrigerator & Equipment 62068.00 96269.00 USD THO Dec/19
Cotton Woven Fabrics 59841.00 62737.00 USD THO Dec/19
Mineral Products 43673.87 43830.42 USD Million May/19
Weaving Machines 42781.00 31880.00 USD THO Dec/19
Textile Yarn Machinery 41851.00 43306.00 USD THO Dec/19
Diesel Oil 41612.00 42661.00 USD THO Dec/19
Electronic Integrated Circuits 41100.00 47600.00 MILLIONS Oct/22
Electronic Technology 38994.82 44152.18 USD Million Oct/22
Polyester Chips 38019.00 41698.00 USD THO Dec/19
Paper Making Machinery &parts 36494.00 31147.00 USD THO Dec/19
Food Processing Machinery & Parts 34745.00 26254.00 USD THO Dec/19
Scrap Aluminum 32495.00 86484.00 USD THO Dec/19
Inedible Crude Materials, Except Fuels 27986.48 34044.15 USD Million Oct/22
Steel Or Iron Angles, Shapes & Sections 25051.00 21108.00 USD THO Dec/19
Machinery and Equipments 16191.56 16417.85 USD Million May/19
Plywood 13769.00 11944.00 USD THO Dec/19
Chemical Industrial Products 13212.54 12301.59 USD Million May/19
Primary Products - Food & Live Animals 10469.66 11270.01 USD Million Oct/22
Computer and Communication Technology 9207.20 10633.93 USD Million Oct/22
Conveyance 8513.77 9017.90 USD Million May/19
Automobile Chassis & Engine 8439.00 7842.00 USD THO 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 THO Dec/19
Soya Bean Oil 5999.00 6318.00 USD THO Oct/22
Life Scientific Technology 3458.85 4561.62 USD Million Oct/22
Photoelectricity Technology 3138.29 3225.36 USD Million Dec/21
Textile Material and Products 2983.35 2967.74 USD Million May/19
Special Automobiles 2478.00 2342.00 USD THO Oct/22
Auto Parts and Accessories 2208.94 2600.89 USD Million Oct/22
Scrap Steel 2048.00 639.00 USD THO Dec/19
Aviation and Spaceflight Technology 1939.00 2196.97 USD Million Oct/22
Dump Trucks Incl. Spare Parts 1569.00 742.00 USD THO Dec/19
Metalwork 1435.13 1445.43 USD Million May/19
Bus, 10 to 29 Seater 1221.00 620.00 USD THO Dec/19
Primary Products - Beverages & Tobacco 646.26 621.86 USD Million Oct/22
Material Technology 508.90 568.57 USD Million Oct/22
Biological Technology 432.94 403.95 USD Million Oct/22
Non-food Raw Materials 279.86 340.44 USD HML Oct/22
Telephonic Switching Appar 1.12 0.25 Thousand Dec/19

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