Annual International Trade Statistics
Publication date: 2019-12-26
Reporting period: 2002 - 2018
Timeseries: 164 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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China | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2007 - 2018

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Commodity Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES China World Exports Value (US$) 1 220 059 668 452.00 1 430 693 066 080.00 1 201 646 758 080.00 1 577 763 750 888.00 1 898 388 434 783.00 2 048 782 233 084.00 2 209 007 280 259.00 2 342 292 696 320.00 2 273 468 224 113.00 2 097 637 171 895.00 2 263 370 504 301.00 2 494 230 194 966.00
Imports Value (US$) 956 115 447 556.00 1 132 562 161 442.00 1 005 555 225 206.00 1 396 001 565 258.00 1 743 394 866 363.00 1 818 199 227 571.00 1 949 992 314 705.00 1 959 234 625 162.00 1 679 564 324 560.00 1 587 920 688 162.00 1 843 792 938 795.00 2 134 982 614 989.00

The value of total merchandise exports from China totalled $ 2.49 trillion in 2018. Merchandise exports from China increased by 10.1% compared to 2017. Goods exports grew up by $ 230 billion in 2018 (the value of merchandise exports from China amounted to $2.26 trillion in 2017)

China's exports 2018 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from China in 2018:

  • USA with a share of 19.2% (479 billion US$)
  • Hong-Kong with a share of 12.1% (302 billion US$)
  • Japan with a share of 5.9% (147 billion US$)
  • Korea with a share of 4.37% (109 billion US$)
  • Vietnam with a share of 3.36% (84 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 3.12% (77 billion US$)
  • India with a share of 3.08% (76 billion US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 2.93% (73 billion US$)
  • United Kingdom with a share of 2.28% (56 billion US$)
  • Singapore with a share of 1.99% (49 billion US$)

Exports structure from China in 2018 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 26% (654 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 17.6% (439 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 3.86% (96 billion US$): 94 - Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • 3.22% (80 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 3.01% (75 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 2.94% (73 billion US$): 61 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
  • 2.88% (71 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 2.86% (71 billion US$): 62 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
  • 2.62% (65 billion US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 2.39% (59 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals

What did China export in 2018?

China's Top Exports in 2018:

  • 7.89% ($197 billion): 8525 - Transmission apparatus for radio-telephony, radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras; still image video cameras and other video camera recorders; digital cameras.
  • 6.95% ($173 billion): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 3.44% ($85 billion): 8542 - Electronic integrated circuits and microassemblies.
  • 2.16% ($54 billion): 8517 - Electrical apparatus for line telephony or line telegraphy, including line telephone sets with cordless handsets and telecommunication apparatus for carrier-current line systems or for digital line systems; videophones.
  • 1.82% ($45 billion): 8473 - Parts and accessories (other than covers, carrying cases and the like) suitable for use solely or principally with machines of headings 84.69 to 84.72.
  • 1.43% ($35 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 1.39% ($34 billion): 8708 - Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
  • 1.22% ($30 billion): 9405 - Lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like, having a permanently fixed light source, and parts thereof not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 1.16% ($29 billion): 8541 - Diodes, transistors and similar semiconductor devices; photosensitive semiconductor devices, including photovoltaic cells whether or not assembled in modules or made up into panels; light emitting diodes; mounted piezo-electric crystals.
  • 1.12% ($28 billion): 9403 - Other furniture and parts thereof.

The value of total merchandise imports to China totalled $ 2.13 trillion in 2018. Merchandise imports to China increased by 15.7% compared to 2017. Goods imports grew up by $ 291 billion in 2018 (the value of merchandise imports to China was equal to $1.84 trillion in 2017)

China's imports 2018 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of China in 2018:

  • Korea with a share of 9.58% (204 billion US$)
  • Japan with a share of 8.44% (180 billion US$)
  • Other Asia, nes with a share of 8.3% (177 billion US$)
  • USA with a share of 7.3% (156 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 6.85% (146 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 4.97% (106 billion US$)
  • Australia with a share of 4.92% (105 billion US$)
  • Brazil with a share of 3.61% (77 billion US$)
  • Vietnam with a share of 3% (64 billion US$)
  • Malaysia with a share of 2.96% (63 billion US$)

Imports structure to China in 2018 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 24% (521 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 16.2% (347 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 8.95% (191 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 6.36% (135 billion US$): 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 5.32% (113 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 3.81% (81 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 3.51% (75 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 3.15% (67 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals
  • 2.9% (61 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 2.23% (47 billion US$): 74 - Copper and articles thereof

What did China import in 2018?

China's Top Imports in 2018:

  • 14.6% ($313 billion): 8542 - Electronic integrated circuits and microassemblies.
  • 11.2% ($239 billion): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.
  • 3.51% ($75 billion): 2601 - Iron ores and concentrates, including roasted iron pyrites.
  • 2.34% ($50 billion): 2711 - Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons.
  • 2.32% ($49 billion): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
  • 2.14% ($45 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 1.99% ($42 billion): 8517 - Electrical apparatus for line telephony or line telegraphy, including line telephone sets with cordless handsets and telecommunication apparatus for carrier-current line systems or for digital line systems; videophones.
  • 1.78% ($38 billion): 1201 - Soya beans, whether or not broken.
  • 1.58% ($33 billion): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 1.58% ($33 billion): 9013 - Liquid crystal devices not constituting articles provided for more specifically in other headings; lasers, other than laser diodes; other optical appliances and instruments, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter.

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China | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2007 - 2018