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

Imports to China increased 20.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 156.68 billion in March of 2017, compared to a 38.1 percent growth in the prior month and above consensus of an 18 percent rise. From January to March 2017, purchases jumped 24 percent from a year earlier, mainly due to higher imports of electronics (11.3 percent), high-tech products (11.7 percent), integrated circuits (11.8 percent), crude (79 percent), agricultural products (19.4 percent) and iron ore and concentrates (91.3 percent). The European Union was the main import partner (imports rose 15.5 percent), followed by the ASEAN countries (27.1 percent), South Korea (13.2 percent), the US (25.9 percent), Japan (20 percent), Taiwan (16.3 percent) and Australia (74.2 percent). Imports in China averaged 500.08 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)
2017-02-10 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 20.3% 38.1% 18%
2017-05-08 02:00 AM Apr 20.3%
2017-06-08 02:00 AM May
2017-07-13 07:35 AM Jun




China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 239.20 -91.48 628.33 -319.71 USD HML [+]
Exports 1806.09 1200.79 2273.72 13.00 USD HML [+]
Imports 1566.84 1292.27 1830.94 16.60 USD HML [+]
Current Account 118.00 692.54 1330.85 -8.96 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 1.80 2.70 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
External Debt 14207.00 14162.00 14207.00 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 93.67 92.28 118.33 81.75 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 329.10 201.00 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 3949.00 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 5780536.00 3655027.00 5780536.00 2326991.00 USD THO [+]

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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 April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1566.84 1292.27 1830.94 16.60 1983 - 2017 USD HML Monthly
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