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

China trade surplus came in at USD29.86 billion in March of 2016, up significantly from a USD3.08 billion surplus reported a year earlier but slightly less than market consensus, as exports rose while imports fell. Year-on-year, exports grew 11.5 percent to USD160.86 billion, the first rise since June 2015. Imports fell less than expected by 7.6 percent to USD130.9 billion. In February, the country registered a USD32.59 billion trade surplus. Balance of Trade in China averaged 81.31 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
298.60 325.90 632.87 -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 April of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-15 02:00 AM Jan $ 63.30B $60.09B $58.85B $54.5B
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 $29.86B $32B
2016-06-08 02:00 AM May $40B
2016-07-08 02:00 AM Jun $49B

China Trade Surplus Less Than Expected


China trade surplus came in at USD29.86 billion in March of 2016, up significantly from a USD3.08 billion surplus reported a year earlier but slightly below market consensus. Exports rose for the first time since June 2015 while imports fell less than estimated.

In March, exports increased by 11.5 percent year-on-year to USD160.86 billion, reversing from a 25.4 percent decline in the preceding month and partly reflecting a seasonal upturn after the Lunar New Year holiday in February. Imports dropped  by 7.6 percent to USD130.9 billion while markets expected a 10.2 percent decline. It is the 17th straight month of contraction, as a result of declining commodity prices and weak demand. In February 2016, the country registered a USD32.59 billion trade surplus.

From January to March 2016, exports dropped by 9.6 percent. Shipments declined for: Chinese herbal and medicine (-12.7 percent), coke and semi-coke (-18.5 percent), crude (-65.6 percent), refined oil (-8.0 percent), mineral fertilizer (-41.7 percent), plastic products (-21.0 percent), clothing (-7.3 percent), footwear (-12.8 percent), ceramic (-23.2 percent), precious metals (-9.5 percent), steel (-27.6 percent), unwrought aluminium and aluminium (-20.3 percent), handheld wireless phone & its parts (-13.8 percent), automatic data processing equipment and parts (-16.5 percent), shipping (-25.2 percent), LCD panel (-19.7 percent), furniture & parts (-11.9 percent) and lamps, lighting fixture. In contrast, Sales rose for: rice (+10.0 percent), coal & ignite (+90.0 percent), integrated circuit (+16.3 percent) and toys (+12.4 percent). In contrast, sales rose for rice (+10.0 percent), coal & ignite (+90.0 percent), integrated circuit (+16.3 percent) and toys (+12.4 percent). Exports were up 0.2 percent respectively to India and Russia. In contrast, outbound shipments declined at a slower pace to Hong Kong (-6.5 percent), Japan (-5.5 percent), South Korea (-11.2 percent), Taiwan (-3.7 percent), the ASEAN countries (-13.7 percent), the EU countries (-6.9 percent), South Africa (-29.6 percent), the US (-8.8 percent), Brazil (-47.2 percent), Australia (-1.9 percent) and New Zealand (-12.4 percent). 

Imports decreased by 13.5 percent year-on-year. Purchases from most of the country's trading partners declined at a slower pace. In contrast, imports rose from Hong Kong, Vietnam, Brazil and New Zealand. Purchases from the US declined by 14.1 percent, India (-20.1 percent), Japan (-8.2 percent), South Korea (-11.7 percent), Taiwan (-12.3 percent), ASEAN countries (-8.4 percent), the EU countries (-7.0 percent), Russia (-4.9 percent), South Africa (-21.5 percent) and Australia (-30.0 percent). Meanwhile, imports from Hong Kong jumped by 90.8 percent, followed by Vietnam (+13.8 percent), Brazil (+17.6 percent) and New Zealand (+2.1 percent).


General Administration of Customs l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
4/13/2016 10:02:03 AM

China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 298.60 325.90 632.87 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1608.57 1261.45 2275.13 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1221.64 935.52 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 918.83 654.87 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 354.20 225.20 1262.70 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -843.00 114.24 114.24 -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 4416688.00 3813527.00 5533350.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]




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