China Balance of Trade  1983-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

China trade surplus increased to USD45.56 billion in April of 2016 from USD34.13 billion reported a year earlier and beating market estimates. It is the largest trade surplus since February as exports fell by 1.8 percent from a year earlier while imports dropped by 10.9 percent. Balance of Trade in China averaged 82.26 USD HML from 1983 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 632.87 USD HML in January of 2016 and a record low of -319.71 USD HML in February of 2012. Balance of Trade in China is reported by the General Administration of Customs.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
455.62 298.60 632.87 -319.71 1983 - 2016 USD HML Monthly
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Since 1995, China has been recording consistent trade surpluses which from 2004 to 2009 has increased 10 times. In 2015 as a whole, China’s total trade dropped by 8 percent, as exports shrank 2.8 percent and imports fell sharply by 14.1 percent due to a weaker renminbi and falling commodity prices. In 2015, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with Hong Kong, the US, the Netherlands, India, the UK, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. China recorded trade deficits with Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Germany, Brazil and South Africa. This page provides - China Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. China Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-08 02:00 AM Feb $32.59B $63.30B $50.15B $45B
2016-04-13 02:00 AM Mar $29.86B $32.59B $30.85B $35B
2016-05-08 02:00 AM Apr $45.56B $29.86B $40B $32B
2016-06-08 02:00 AM May $45.56B $40B
2016-07-08 02:00 AM Jun $49B
2016-08-08 02:00 AM Jul $49B

China Trade Surplus Largest in 3 Months


China trade surplus increased to USD45.56 billion in April of 2016 from USD34.13 billion reported a year earlier and beating market estimates. It is the largest trade surplus since February as exports and imports fell more than expected.

In April, exports declined by 1.8 percent year-on-year to USD172.77 billion, reversing from a 11.5 percent growth in the preceding month and missing market consensus of a 0.1 percent drop. Imports dropped  by 10.9 percent to USD127.20 billion while markets expected a 5.0 percent fall. It is the 18th straight month of contraction, as a result of declining commodity prices and weak demand. In March 2016, the country registered a USD29.86 billion trade surplus.

From January to April 2016, exports dropped by 7.6 percent from the same period a year earlier. Outbound shipments declined for: Chinese herbal and medicine (-5.5 percent), coke and semi-coke (-19.0 percent), crude (-62.7 percent), refined oil (-4.9 percent), mineral fertilizer (-36.7 percent), footwear (-3.0 percent), ceramic (-9.4 percent), precious metals (-8.7 percent), steel (-20.2 percent), unwrought aluminium and aluminium (-15.4 percent), handheld wireless phone & its parts (-8.4 percent), automatic data processing equipment and parts (-9.3 percent), shipping (-20.4 percent), LCD panel (-12.2 percent), furniture & parts (-3.9 percent) and lamps, lighting fixture (-0.9 percent). In contrast, Sales rose for: rice (+12.5 percent), coal & ignite (+37.3 percent), plastics (+7.4 percent), integrated circuit (+26.2 percent) and toys (+20.0 percent). Exports were down to: Hong Kong (-4.7 percent), Japan (-7.0 percent), South Korea (-8.7 percent), Taiwan (-4.7 percent), the ASEAN countries (-8.9 percent), the EU countries (-4.4 percent), South Africa (-26.0 percent), the US (-8.9 percent), Australia (-4.3 percent) and New Zealand (-8.0 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments rose to India (+0.5 percent) and Russia (+4.4 percent).

Imports decreased by 12.8 percent year-on-year. Purchases from most of the country's trading partners declined except Hong Kong. Those from India fell by 19.4 percent, followed by Japan (-7.9 percent), South Korea (-12.5 percent), Taiwan (-10.2 percent), the ASEAN countries (-8.1 percent) and the EU countries (-6.4 percent). Purchases also dropped from the US (-13.5 percent), Russia (-2.8 percent), South Africa (-20.8 percent) and Australia (-26.1 percent). In contrast,  imports rose from Hong Kong (+120.3 percent), Vietnam (+14.3 percent) and Brazil (+13.7 percent). 

General Administration of Customs l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/8/2016 5:02:08 AM

China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 455.62 298.60 632.87 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1727.63 1608.57 2275.13 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1272.00 1309.56 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 481.00 918.83 1330.85 -8.96 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 2.70 2.10 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
External Debt 14162.00 8955.00 14162.00 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 108.94 109.34 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 453.00 354.20 1262.70 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -481.00 -843.00 114.24 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 128.50 161.00 216.60 21.70 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1762.32 1708.50 1762.32 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 4206.00 4293.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 6.29 5.08 6.29 1.47 [+]
Exports to India 4425293.00 4416688.00 5533350.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]




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