China Imports  1983-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Imports to China soared 38.1 percent from a year earlier to USD 129.23 billion in February of 2017, compared to a 16.7 percent in the prior month and way above consensus of a 20.3 percent rise. It was the fastest increase since early 2012, driven by strong demand for commodities from iron ore to crude oil and coal. From January to February 2017, purchases jumped 26.4 percent from a year earlier, mainly due to higher purchases of electronics (15.1 percent), high-tech products (16.5 percent), integrated circuits (17.9 percent), crude (70.1 percent), agricultural products (24.3 percent) and iron ore and concentrates (94.6 percent). The European Union was the main import partner (imports rose 19.4 percent), followed by the ASEAN countries (imports up 29.5 percent), South Korea (15.7 percent), the US (32.8 percent), Japan (24.7 percent), Taiwan (21.5 percent) and Australia (77.6 percent). Imports in China averaged 497.44 USD HML from 1983 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 1830.94 USD HML in March of 2013 and a record low of 16.60 USD HML in July of 1983.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-01-13 02:00 AM Dec 3.1% 4.7% 2.7%
2017-02-10 02:00 AM Jan 16.7% 3.1% 10%
2017-03-08 06:30 AM Feb 38.1% 16.7% 20.3%
2017-04-13 02:00 AM Mar 38.1%
2017-05-08 02:00 AM Apr
2017-06-08 02:00 AM May




China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -91.50 513.50 628.33 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1200.80 1827.57 2273.72 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1292.30 1314.09 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 376.00 692.54 1330.85 -8.96 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 1.90 2.70 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
External Debt 14162.00 8955.00 14162.00 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 94.48 94.12 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 201.00 116.80 1262.67 18.32 USD HML [+]
Capital Flows -376.00 -712.00 95.16 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 128.50 161.00 216.60 21.70 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1842.56 1838.51 1842.56 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3780.00 3780.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 6.11 6.29 6.29 1.47 [+]
Weapons Sales 1966.00 1360.00 2606.00 3.00 USD Million [+]
Exports to India 3655027.00 5491765.00 5618919.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]


China Imports by Country Last
European Union 15370324.00 USD THO Oct/16
South Korea 13126306.00 USD THO Oct/16
Taiwan 12491045.00 USD THO Oct/16
Japan 12084444.00 USD THO Oct/16
United States 10678249.00 USD THO Oct/16
Germany 6625989.00 USD THO Oct/16
Australia 6429372.00 USD THO Oct/16
Thailand 4092689.00 USD THO Oct/16
Switzerland 4051053.00 USD THO Sep/16
Malaysia 3796274.00 USD THO Oct/16
Vietnam 3476645.00 USD THO Oct/16
Brazil 2835417.00 USD THO Oct/16
Russia 2796919.00 USD THO Oct/16
Singapore 2054284.00 USD THO Oct/16
South Africa 1995713.00 USD THO Oct/16
Saudi Arabia 1951488.00 USD THO Sep/16
Indonesia 1705082.00 USD THO Oct/16
Canada 1546304.00 USD THO Oct/16
Philippines 1479793.00 USD THO Oct/16
France 1419860.00 USD THO Oct/16
China Imports by Category Last
Mechanical & Electrical Products 64954448.00 USD THO Oct/16
High-&-new-tech Products 44538717.00 USD THO Oct/16
Integrated Circuit 19793357.00 USD THO Oct/16
Fuels & Related Materials 15604637.00 USD THO Sep/16
Crude Petroleum (value) 9400850.00 USD THO Oct/16
Agricultural Products 7572254.00 USD THO Oct/16
Iron Ore & Concentrates 4898862.00 USD THO Oct/16
Iron Ores & Concentrate 4898862.00 USD THO Oct/16
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 3606788.00 USD THO Oct/16
Lcd Panel 3083853.00 USD THO Oct/16
Measuring Instruments 2640926.00 USD THO Sep/16
Parts of Motor Vehicles 2524465.00 USD THO Oct/16
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 2417713.00 USD THO Oct/16
Soybean 2248721.00 USD THO Oct/16
Appar For Switching Or Protecting Elec 2066275.00 USD THO Sep/16
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 1958003.00 USD THO Sep/16
Copper Ore & Concentrate 1669640.00 USD THO Oct/16
Copper Ores & Concentrate 1669640.00 USD THO Oct/16
Pharmaceuticals 1664812.00 USD THO Oct/16
Diode & Semiconductors 1655292.00 USD THO Oct/16

China Imports Notes

China’s main imports are mechanical and electrical products (34 percent of total imports) and high tech goods (23 percent). The country is also one of the biggest consumers of commodities in the world. Among commodities the biggest demand is for crude oil (6 percent of total imports), iron ore (2 percent), copper and aluminum. Agricultural products account for 5 percent. China’s main import partners are: the European Union (12 percent of total imports, of which Germany accounts for 5 percent), ASEAN countries (12 percent, of which Malaysia accounts for 3 percent), South Korea (10 percent), Japan, Taiwan and the US (9 percent each) and Australia (4 percent). This page provides - China Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. China Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1292.30 1314.09 1830.94 16.60 1983 - 2017 USD HML Monthly
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