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China Imports

Last Release
Aug 2021
Actual
2359.84 USD HML
Forecast
29 USD HML
Previous
2260.74 USD HML
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
USD HML
Next Release
Oct 13, 2021
Time to Release
25 Days 19 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
2359.84 USD HML
Aug 2021
13.88 USD HML
Feb 1983
610.98 USD HML1981 - 2021General Administration of Customs
In 2019 imports to China fell 2.7 percent, the first yearly decline in three years, on weak domestic demand and persistent trade tensions with the US. Machinery and transport equipment accounted for 38 percent of total imports on the back of electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances (21 percent), road vehicles (4 percent), telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment (3 percent), and office machines and automatic data processing machines (3 percent). Other important categories were: mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (17 percent) led by petroleum, petroleum products and related materials (13 percent) and gas, natural and manufactured (3 percent); crude materials, inedible, except fuels (14 percent), such as metalliferous ores and metal scrap (9 percent); chemicals and related products (11 percent) due to organic chemicals (3 percent) and plastics in primary forms (3 percent); miscellaneous manufactured articles (7 percent); manufactured goods classified chiefly by material (7 percent); and food and live animals (4 percent). The biggest source of imports was the EU (13 percent of imports) of which Germany (5 percent) and France (2 percent), followed by South Korea, Taiwan, Japan (8 percent each), the US and Australia (6 percent each), Brazil (4 percent), Malaysia, Vietnam, Russia and Saudi Arabia (3 percent each), and Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia (2 percent each).

Latest Updates

Imports to China jumped by 33.1% year-on-year to a fresh high of USD 236 billion in August 2021, exceeding market estimates of 26.8% and after a 28.1% growth a month earlier. This marked the eleventh straight month of expansion in inbound shipments, amid strengthening domestic demand following signs of successful containment measures in relation to the Delta strain of COVID-19 outbreak in some regions. Imports of coal jumped 35.8% yoy due to tight domestic supply and strong demand and imports of iron ore picked up for the first time in five months.

China Imports History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Sep 7, 202103:11China Imports Largest on Record
Aug 7, 202103:04China Import Growth Below Estimates
DATETIMEEVENTActual
Nov 8, 201903:00Imports YoY-6.4 %
Oct 14, 201902:30Imports YoY-8.5 %
Sep 8, 201904:00Imports YoY-5.6 %
Aug 8, 201903:00Imports YoY-5.6 %
Jul 12, 201907:50Imports YoY-7.3 %
Jun 10, 201903:00Imports YoY-8.5 %
May 8, 201903:00Imports YoY4 %

China trade Indicators

All China indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Balance of Trade
583.31
Aug 2021
565.89
Jul 2021
-320.02
Feb 2012
781.74
Dec 2020
USD HMLMonthly1981 - 2021
Capital Flows
-528
Jun 2021
-695.09
Mar 2021
-1,305.58
Dec 2008
725.4
Mar 2018
USD HMLQuarterly1998 - 2021
Crude Oil Production
3,782
Dec 2019
3,820
Nov 2019
1,012
Apr 1973
4,408
Jun 2015
BBL/D/1KMonthly1973 - 2019
Current Account
528
Jun 2021
694.46
Mar 2021
-341
Mar 2018
1,330.85
Dec 2008
USD HMLQuarterly1998 - 2021
Current Account to GDP
1.9
Dec 2020
0.8
Dec 2019
-3.7
Dec 1985
10.1
Dec 2007
% of GDPYearly1980 - 2020
Exports
2,943.16
Aug 2021
2,826.62
Jul 2021
12.5
Feb 1983
2,943.16
Aug 2021
USD HMLMonthly1981 - 2021

Imports across Asia

Imports global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Afghanistan
6,537.64
Dec 2020
6,776.78
Dec 2019
1,966.07
Dec 2005
8,932.39
Dec 2012
USD MillionYearly2003 - 2020
Azerbaijan
2,291,785
Mar 2021
2,657,072.7
Dec 2020
312,012
Mar 1999
4,754,916
Jun 2019
USD ThousandQuarterly1998 - 2021
Bhutan
18,943.1
Mar 2021
17,379.19
Dec 2020
1,254.9
Dec 1991
28,980
Dec 2009
BTN MillionQuarterly1991 - 2021
Brunei
973.2
Nov 2019
725.4
Oct 2019
205.7
Mar 2014
1,165.87
Sep 2008
Million BNDMonthly2005 - 2019
Cambodia
6,260.4
Sep 2019
7,269.5
Aug 2019
2,285.1
Feb 2014
10,591
Dec 2013
KHR BillionMonthly2009 - 2019
China
2,359.84
Aug 2021
2,260.74
Jul 2021
13.88
Feb 1983
2,359.84
Aug 2021
USD HMLMonthly1981 - 2021

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