Imports to China edged up 0.3% yoy to USD 235.53 billion in August of 2022, missing market estimates of 1.1% and slowing from a 2.3% growth in the prior month. The latest result marked the slowest growth in inbound shipments since a stagnation in April, as consumption eased following the recent wave of COVID infections and fresh curbs. China's imports of coal rose the most so far this year as power generators scrambled for additional fuel to meet surging electricity demand as heatwaves deepened, while purchases of crude oil, iron ore and soybeans all fell. Imports from Russia surged 59.3% yoy while those from the ASEAN countries grew by 25.1%. During the first eight months of the year, purchases grew by 4.6% from the same period in 2021. source: General Administration of Customs

Imports YoY in China averaged 14.86 percent from 1991 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 85.50 percent in January of 2010 and a record low of -43.10 percent in January of 2009. This page includes a chart with historical data for China Imports YoY. China Imports YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2022.

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China Imports YoY



Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Balance of Trade 79.39 101.26 USD Billion Aug 2022
Imports 235.53 231.70 USD Billion Aug 2022
Exports 314.92 332.96 USD Billion Aug 2022
Exports YoY 7.10 18.00 percent Aug 2022

China Imports YoY
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).
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.30 2.30 85.50 -43.10 1991 - 2022 percent Monthly
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China Imports Rise Less than Expected
Imports to China edged up 0.3% yoy to USD 235.53 billion in August of 2022, missing market estimates of 1.1% and slowing from a 2.3% growth in the prior month. The latest result marked the slowest growth in inbound shipments since a stagnation in April, as consumption eased following the recent wave of COVID infections and fresh curbs. China's imports of coal rose the most so far this year as power generators scrambled for additional fuel to meet surging electricity demand in the face of severe heatwaves, while purchases of crude oil, iron ore and soybeans all fell. Imports from Russia surged 59.3% yoy while those from the ASEAN countries grew by 25.1%. During the first eight months of the year, purchases grew by 4.6% from the same period in 2021.
2022-09-07
China Imports Expand for 3rd Month
Imports to China rose by 2.3% yoy to USD 231.7 billion in July of 2022, after a 1% growth in June and compared with market forecasts of 3.7%. This was the 3rd straight month of increase in inbound shipments, amid a gradual recovery in domestic demand following a relaxation in pandemic curbs. Purchases mainly increased for unwrought copper (9.3%), copper ores & concentrates (0.6%), and iron ore (3.1%). At the same time, imports of rubber rose 10.5%. By contrast, arrivals fell for crude oil (-9.5%), refined products (-35.3%), natural gas (-6.9%),coal (-22.1%), and steel products (-24.8%). Also, arrivals were lower for soybeans (-9.1%), edible oil (-36.2%), and meat (-24.7%). Imports from Russia climbed 49.3% to USD$10 billion, the second highest after May’s record US$10.27 billion. For the first 7 months of the year, purchases grew 5.3% from the same period in 2021. Imports are expected to pick up modestly in H2, as Beijing ramps up infrastructure spending, analysts said.
2022-08-07
China Imports Grow Less than Expected
Imports to China edged up 1.0% yoy to USD 233.3 billion in June of 2022, slowing from a 4.1% growth in May and missing market estimates of a 3.9% rise as COVID-19 related mobility restrictions remained in place in several major cities. Imports fell for crude oil (-10.8%), refined products (-23.4%), natural gas (-14.6%), coal (-33.2%), iron ore (-0.5%), and steel products (-36.8%). Also, arrivals were lower for soybeans (-23%), edible oil (-75%), and meat (-18.9%). On the other hand, imports rose for unwrought copper (25.5%), copper ores (23.3%), and rubber (16%). Imports surged from both Russia (56.3% to US$9.7 billion) and ASEAN (29% to USD 52.1 billion). Also, shipments from the US rose 1.7% to US$14.6 billion, and the Biden administration is considering removing some of the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods. On the flip side, purchases from the EU fell 9.7% to USD 25 billion.
2022-07-13

China Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 34693700.00 24717800.00 USD THO Feb/20
Taiwan 19668174.04 19694289.35 USD THO Aug/22
South Korea 17020277.00 16763914.00 USD THO Aug/22
Japan 15449315.95 15706782.55 USD THO Aug/22
United States 13002038.16 13528691.54 USD THO Aug/22
Australia 12477324.01 14006535.65 USD THO Aug/22
Russia 11214592.06 10019264.64 USD THO Aug/22
Brazil 11172027.45 10320047.18 USD THO Aug/22
Germany 10108991.67 9485396.80 USD THO Aug/22
Malaysia 9163738.70 9261830.43 USD THO Aug/22
Saudi Arabia 7863528.00 6691336.00 USD THO Aug/22
Vietnam 7834795.30 6665839.70 USD THO Aug/22
Indonesia 7149246.85 5849128.46 USD THO Aug/22
Switzerland 5348686.00 5088161.00 USD THO Aug/22
Canada 5153448.29 3858737.59 USD THO Aug/22
Thailand 4582652.82 5195296.64 USD THO Aug/22
United Arab Emirates 4210448.49 3938657.97 USD THO Aug/22
South Africa 3976896.10 3998835.10 USD THO Aug/22
Chile 3782245.97 3538306.32 USD THO Aug/22
Iraq 3438705.50 3035980.27 USD THO Aug/22
France 3237714.55 2980241.59 USD THO Aug/22
Oman 2726245.03 3026305.05 USD THO Aug/22
Singapore 2671663.15 3528989.65 USD THO Aug/22
Italy 2601260.00 2389904.00 USD THO Aug/22
Kuwait 2222186.00 2343581.00 USD THO Aug/22
Philippines 1946197.00 2011536.00 USD THO Aug/22
Angola 1843136.00 1895152.20 USD THO Aug/22
Ireland 1815145.81 1437649.79 USD Aug/22
United Kingdom 1814990.88 1737234.63 USD THO Aug/22
Qatar 1579643.00 1850370.00 USD THO Aug/22
Mexico 1571284.20 1445137.10 USD THO Aug/22
India 1490912.00 1566936.00 USD THO Aug/22
New Zealand 1187067.22 1359723.00 USD THO Aug/22
Netherlands 1170364.76 863904.53 USD THO Aug/22
Kazakhstan 974336.53 1496313.54 USD Aug/22
Mongolia 920866.00 889495.00 USD THO Aug/22
Spain 916597.77 832084.23 USD THO Aug/22
Sweden 812288.00 702890.00 USD Aug/22
Hong Kong 800526.00 638995.00 USD THO Aug/22
Israel 760910.33 798868.11 USD THO Aug/22
Argentina 753987.83 707292.45 USD THO Aug/22
Austria 752771.00 655412.00 USD Aug/22
Belgium 659245.36 767912.93 USD THO Aug/22
Iran 475703.17 396886.31 USD THO Aug/22
Finland 469968.89 514432.48 USD THO Aug/22
Hungary 469947.50 429304.40 USD THO Aug/22
Poland 444806.48 369225.32 USD THO Aug/22
Denmark 435662.86 454042.10 USD THO Aug/22
Norway 364403.01 386096.71 USD THO Aug/22
Turkey 358132.02 360553.02 USD THO Aug/22
Portugal 255236.40 278849.10 USD THO Aug/22
Laos 248209.00 214679.00 USD THO Aug/22
Pakistan 215419.06 272925.48 USD THO Aug/22
Panama 147161.40 207537.50 USD THO Aug/22
Brunei 135869.00 192102.00 USD THO Aug/22
Sudan 101133.47 119944.07 USD THO Aug/22
Bangladesh 90453.00 84106.00 USD THO Aug/22
Sri Lanka 89589.00 30930.00 USD THO Aug/22
Venezuela 77958.00 57964.00 USD THO Aug/22
Jordan 76180.00 93353.00 USD THO Aug/22
Nigeria 59220.81 121668.09 USD Aug/22
Greece 55726.55 49066.68 USD Aug/22
Macau 8173.43 6482.12 USD THO Aug/22
Lebanon 5592.00 10926.00 USD THO Aug/22
Nepal 2280.00 2207.00 USD THO Aug/22
Cyprus 1392.00 1303.00 USD THO Aug/22
Yemen 889.00 1973.00 USD THO Aug/22
Bahrain 875.00 48532.00 USD THO Aug/22
Afghanistan 564.00 727.00 USD THO Aug/22
Maldives 3.00 9.00 USD THO Aug/22
Bhutan 0.88 18.10 USD THO Aug/22
China Imports by Category Last Previous
Mechanical & Electrical Products 87609972.21 86624106.61 USD THO Aug/22
High-&-new-tech Products 63683226.23 63999818.37 USD THO Aug/22
Fuels & Related Materials 45092386.49 43253077.99 USD THO Aug/22
Integrated Circuit 33185824.97 34478235.53 USD THO Aug/22
Crude Petroleum (value) 30506004.00 30177133.00 USD THO Aug/22
Agricultural Products 20335143.03 20935790.85 USD THO Aug/22
Iron Ore & Concentrates 10805005.48 11531603.68 USD THO Aug/22
Iron Ores & Concentrate 10805005.00 11531604.00 USD THO Aug/22
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 5946182.10 4781646.61 USD THO Aug/22
Soybean 5189798.50 5780999.55 USD THO Aug/22
Copper Ores & Concentrate 4901523.00 4541285.00 USD THO Aug/22
Copper Ore & Concentrate 4901522.71 4541285.31 USD THO Aug/22
Automatic Data Proc. Eq. & Components 4768185.16 4997311.24 USD THO Aug/22
Motor Vehicles & Chassis 4540696.33 4198782.68 USD THO Aug/22
Unwrought Copper & Copper Products 4429060.28 4204416.36 USD THO Aug/22
Coal 4110887.40 3783605.12 USD THO Aug/22
Pharmaceuticals 4037447.57 3943079.56 USD THO Aug/22
Iron & Steel 3972294.42 3469471.60 USD THO Aug/22
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Products 3830564.33 3674965.69 USD THO Aug/22
Measuring Instruments 3828105.00 4019299.00 USD THO Aug/22
Copper & Its Alloys 2760280.00 2570289.00 USD THO Dec/19
Diode & Semiconductors 2623226.81 2432216.32 USD THO Aug/22
Parts of Motor Vehicles 2566936.80 2598960.06 USD THO Aug/22
Paper Pulp 2162348.96 1735652.43 USD THO Aug/22
Sugar & Sugar Confectionery 2078801.06 1645434.31 USD THO Aug/22
Parts of Automatic Data Proc.equip. 1851948.00 1876806.00 USD THO Aug/22
Four Wheel Drive Car 1759970.00 2207839.00 USD THO Dec/19
Plastic Products 1653895.00 1668000.00 USD THO Aug/22
Steel Products 1503734.69 1354529.11 USD THO Aug/22
Refined Petroleum Oil 1497162.00 1410314.00 USD THO Aug/22
Cars Incl. Spare Parts 1471473.00 2616730.00 USD THO Dec/19
Logs & Lumber 1431757.93 1412467.43 USD THO Aug/22
Cereals & Cereal Flour 1431494.00 1531461.00 USD THO Aug/22
Lcd Panel 1108724.69 1214751.65 USD THO Aug/22
Parts of Telecoms Equipments 1076356.00 1286829.00 USD THO Dec/19
Fuel Oil 1002483.00 487567.00 USD THO Dec/19
No. 5-7 Fuel Oil 1002400.00 487600.00 USD THO Dec/19
Steel Sheets & Plates 966843.00 736500.00 USD THO Dec/19
Fresh and Dried Fruits and Nuts 941504.10 1315834.84 USD THO Aug/22
Iron & Steel Products 794086.04 794127.40 USD THO Aug/22
Edible Vegetable Oil (incl. Palm Oil) 754958.88 863365.42 USD THO Aug/22
Synthetic Rubber 746079.00 679490.00 USD THO Dec/19
Timber 740250.00 783727.00 USD THO Aug/22
Wood 691508.00 628741.00 USD THO Aug/22
Unwrought & Rolled Aluminum 611290.00 614586.00 USD THO Aug/22
Fertilizers 589891.85 456408.24 USD THO Aug/22
Machine Tools 588677.28 722018.87 USD THO Aug/22
Copper Products 576204.00 476867.00 USD THO Dec/19
Aircraft 567605.92 637406.81 USD THO Aug/22
Printing, Binding Machinery & Parts 512463.00 505708.00 USD THO Aug/22
Paper & Paperboard 457241.00 406432.00 USD THO Dec/19
Insulated Wire Or Cable 447456.00 493836.00 USD THO Aug/22
Clocks, Watches & Parts 422799.74 441276.63 USD THO Aug/22
Semi-finished Steel Products 357953.00 271557.00 USD THO Dec/19
Copper Waste & Scrap 342069.00 441703.00 USD THO Dec/19
Liquid Lifting Machine 340922.00 336214.00 USD THO Dec/19
Electric Motors & Generators 333181.00 339810.00 USD THO Dec/19
Mechanical Handling Equipment 332723.00 303293.00 USD THO Dec/19
Sugar 332308.00 132081.00 USD THO Aug/22
Natural Rubber 330787.00 266719.00 USD THO Dec/19
Textile Machinery & Spares 304904.00 253983.00 USD THO Dec/19
Abs Resin 293348.00 287226.00 USD THO Dec/19
Digital Central Processing Components 278269.00 298195.00 USD THO Aug/22
Unwrought Aluminium & Aluminium 275485.00 234254.00 USD THO Nov/19
Iron & Steel Nails & Bolts 254667.00 261040.00 USD THO Dec/19
Kerosene 216022.00 162417.00 USD THO Dec/19
Rolled Aluminum 213908.00 216008.00 USD THO Dec/19
Cotton Yarn 209054.00 188043.00 USD THO Aug/22
Construction & Mining Machinery 208964.00 196810.00 USD THO Dec/19
Wheat 205759.00 280843.00 USD THO Aug/22
Wool 200091.00 202485.00 USD THO Aug/22
Gypsum, Cement & Related Materials 194270.18 185324.45 USD THO Aug/22
Manufactured Goods 142002.30 139316.92 USD Million Aug/22
Aluminum Oxides 134665.00 75980.00 USD THO Dec/19
Stone, Cement, Asbestos, Etc. Products 133053.81 143064.89 USD THO Aug/22
Ox & Horse Leather 132367.00 137307.00 USD THO Aug/22
Synthetic Fibres & Woven Yarn 109142.00 109585.00 USD THO Dec/19
Digital Automatic Data Proc. Equip. 100525.00 115221.00 USD THO Aug/22
Synthetic Fibres, Filament & Yarn 99648.00 94147.00 USD THO Aug/22
Steel & Iron Pipe 98837.00 125035.00 USD THO Dec/19
Primary Products 93524.87 92380.07 USD Million Aug/22
Rape Oil & Mustard Oil 91255.00 118755.00 USD THO Aug/22
Knitted Or Crocheted Fabrics 75116.40 79225.30 USD THO Aug/22
Synthetic Fiber For Spinning 70567.00 64652.00 USD THO Dec/19
Cigarette 67981.00 42733.00 USD THO Dec/19
Refrigerator & Equipment 62068.00 96269.00 USD THO Dec/19
Cotton Woven Fabrics 59841.00 62737.00 USD THO Dec/19
Trucks 54725.00 62108.00 USD THO Aug/22
Soya Bean Oil 49877.00 83895.00 USD THO Aug/22
Electronic Integrated Circuits 44900.00 45000.00 MILLIONS Aug/22
Mineral Products 43673.87 43830.42 USD Million May/19
Weaving Machines 42781.00 31880.00 USD THO Dec/19
Textile Yarn Machinery 41851.00 43306.00 USD THO Dec/19
Diesel Oil 41612.00 42661.00 USD THO Dec/19
Electronic Technology 38197.43 39218.28 USD Million Aug/22
Polyester Chips 38019.00 41698.00 USD THO Dec/19
Paper Making Machinery &parts 36494.00 31147.00 USD THO Dec/19
Inedible Crude Materials, Except Fuels 35085.99 35787.71 USD Million Aug/22
Food Processing Machinery & Parts 34745.00 26254.00 USD THO Dec/19
Scrap Aluminum 32495.00 86484.00 USD THO Dec/19
Steel Or Iron Angles, Shapes & Sections 25051.00 21108.00 USD THO Dec/19
Machinery and Equipments 16191.56 16417.85 USD Million May/19
Plywood 13769.00 11944.00 USD THO Dec/19
Chemical Industrial Products 13212.54 12301.59 USD Million May/19
Primary Products - Food & Live Animals 11592.86 11449.46 USD Million Aug/22
Computer and Communication Technology 9621.21 9114.79 USD Million Aug/22
Conveyance 8513.77 9017.90 USD Million May/19
Automobile Chassis & Engine 8439.00 7842.00 USD THO Dec/19
Base Metal and Products 8088.01 8518.42 USD Million May/19
Apparatus and Instruments 8045.03 8329.28 USD Million May/19
Plastic and Products 6153.51 6346.83 USD Million May/19
Air Conditoner 6067.00 6369.00 USD THO Dec/19
Life Scientific Technology 4990.98 4666.84 USD Million Aug/22
Photoelectricity Technology 3138.29 3225.36 USD Million Dec/21
Textile Material and Products 2983.35 2967.74 USD Million May/19
Auto Parts and Accessories 2566.94 2598.96 USD Million Aug/22
Special Automobiles 2130.00 7004.00 USD THO Aug/22
Scrap Steel 2048.00 639.00 USD THO Dec/19
Aviation and Spaceflight Technology 1856.98 1922.72 USD Million Aug/22
Dump Trucks Incl. Spare Parts 1569.00 742.00 USD THO Dec/19
Metalwork 1435.13 1445.43 USD Million May/19
Bus, 10 to 29 Seater 1221.00 620.00 USD THO Dec/19
Primary Products - Beverages & Tobacco 654.84 700.61 USD Million Aug/22
Material Technology 623.63 631.23 USD Million Aug/22
Biological Technology 547.18 547.64 USD Million Aug/22
Non-food Raw Materials 350.86 357.88 USD HML Aug/22
Telephonic Switching Appar 1.12 0.25 Thousand Dec/19

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