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

Chinese trade surplus widened slightly by 6.4 percent year-on-year to USD 48.1 billion in June of 2016. The figure came above market expectations of an USD 46.6 billion surplus although exports fell the most in four months and imports contracted much more than expected. Balance of Trade in China averaged 84.05 USD HML from 1983 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 627.45 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
481.08 499.76 627.45 -319.71 1983 - 2016 USD HML Monthly
Current Prices, NSA
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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-05-08 02:00 AM Apr $45.56B $29.86B $40B $32B
2016-06-08 02:00 AM May $49.98B $45.56B $58B $46B
2016-07-13 07:35 AM Jun $48.11B $49.98B $46.64B $50B
2016-08-08 02:00 AM Jul $48.11B $49B
2016-09-08 02:00 AM Aug $38B
2016-10-10 02:00 AM Sep $42B

China Trade Surplus Widens, Exports and Imports Slide in June


Chinese trade surplus increased slightly by 6.4 percent year-on-year to USD 48.1 billion in June of 2016. The figure came above market expectations of an USD 46.6 billion surplus although exports fell the most in four months and imports contracted much more than expected.

Exports fell 4.8 percent year-on-year to USD to 180.3 billion in June of 2016, worse than market expectations of a 4.1 percent drop. In the last twelve months exports rose only in March (10.7 percent). In yuan-denominated terms, exports grew 1.3 percent year-on-year in June, following a 1.2 percent rise in May.

Imports shrank 8.4 percent to USD 132.2 billion, following a 0.4 percent decline in May and market expectations of a 5 percent drop. It is the 20th straight month of decline, a likely sign of weaker domestic demand and lower growth prospects.

In yuan-denominated terms, exports grew 1.3 percent year-on-year in June, following a 1.2 percent rise in May while imports fell 2.3 percent, reversing from a 5 percent growth in May. 

Considering the first six months of the year, total trade in USD declined 8.7 percent from a year earlier. Exports fell 7.7 percent as sales shrank to almost all major partners except India: the United States (-9.9 percent); the European Union (-4.4 percent); Hong Kong (-4.8 percent); Japan (-6.1 percent); South Korea (-8.7 percent); Vietnam (-9.1 percent); Singapore (-11.3 percent); India (+1.8 percent). Imports slumped 10.2 percent, mainly due to lower commodity prices. In volume terms, imports fell for steel (-2.8 percent) and edible veg oil (-11 percent) but rose for crude oil (14.2 percent); natural gas (22.7 percent); copper ores and concentrates (34.7 percent); coal (8.2 percwnt) and iron ore (9.1 percent).

General Administration of Customs l Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/13/2016 12:27:42 PM

China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 481.08 499.76 627.45 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1803.83 1810.59 2273.72 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1322.75 1310.84 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 393.00 918.83 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 101.14 101.58 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 694.20 541.90 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 1797.46 1762.32 1797.46 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 4091.00 4133.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 6.29 5.08 6.29 1.47 [+]
Weapons Sales 1966.00 1360.00 2606.00 3.00 USD Million [+]
Exports to India 4971603.00 5298528.00 5533350.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]




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