China Trade Data

In 2009, China replaced Germany as the world’s largest exporting nation. Since 2014, China is not only the world’s largest exporter, but also the largest trading nation in terms of the sum of its exports and imports.

China’s major exports are mechanical and electrical products, high tech products, clothing, textiles, footwear, furniture, plastic products and ceramic, motors and generators and integrated circuits. China’s main export partners are the United States, Hong Kong, the European Union (especially Germany, the UK and the Netherlands), Japan, South Korea, and the ASEAN countries of southeast Asia.

The strong growth in China’s exports has been a major factor supporting China's rapid economic expansion, but as its domestic economy expands, China has become gradually less dependent on the growth of its export sector.

In 2017, China's exports of goods and services were valued at 19.76 percent of its GDP, compared with their 31.8 percent share of its GDP in 2008, according to the World Integrated Trade Solution, which aggregates data from the World Bank, UNCTAD, and other organizations. 

Shanghai, China.
19 Apr 2018
The broad global economic expansion kept growth at China’s Top 20 ports in the first quarter on par with last year’s level.
Recycling plastic waste.
17 Apr 2018
The decline in US exports took place even before trade war rhetoric between the United States and China began to heat up.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Apr 2018
Neither country has listed a deadline for tariff implementation, hence the situation remains dynamic and fluid. However, key analysts are formulating worst-case scenarios.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Mar 2018
China’s planned tariffs will initially affect US containerized exports, but an escalation could produce a wider impact.
Port of Shanghai.
22 Mar 2018
The top eight ports — which deal with the majority of international container trade volumes — handled 11.9 million TEU in February, a 10.7 percent jump from the 10.7 million TEU handled during the same month last year.
14 Jul 2017
US cotton exporters are anticipating another strong year after containerized cotton exports rose 3.7 percent last year.
23 Mar 2017
China’s container ports got off to a strong start in 2017.
12 Oct 2016
The world’s factory will focus more on domestic consumption, and its citizens will increasingly sate their taste for foreign goods domestically.
Traffic at the Port of Qingdao, pictured, grew nearly 6 percent in July as manufacturing indices sent mixed messages on the state of the Chinese economy.
23 Aug 2016
Container throughput at China’s main ports rebounded in July after a poor first half of the year.
22 Jun 2016
Container throughput at China’s top ports stayed positive in May.
24 May 2016
Throughput growth at China’s main ports increased at a slower rate in April than in March.
15 Feb 2016
Depressingly weak trade data greeted China as the country slowly gets back to business after the lunar New Year holidays.
04 Jan 2016
Shares on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges were suspended on the first trading day of the year after stock prices plunged following indications that December manufacturing activity in China contracted for the 10th consecutive month.
01 Dec 2015
China’s factories in November delivered mixed results, with purchasing manager’s indices showing manufacturing activity for large state-owned firms hitting a three-year low, while small and medium factories recorded a slight improvement.
14 Oct 2015
China will remain the driving force in global container trades for years to come with scant possibility of an alternative region emerging to challenge its dominant position.
17 Sep 2015
China will pass the U.S. and become the world’s largest apparel market by 2019, according to a forecast by market researcher Euromonitor that compared the industry performance in the world’s two largest economies.
02 Sep 2015
Big retailers in the U.S. are dragging their Chinese suppliers back to the table to re-negotiate order contracts and take advantage of lower manufacturing costs following Beijing’s sharp devaluation of the yuan.
01 Sep 2015
China’s manufacturing output contracted for the sixth consecutive month in August as two purchasing manager’s indexes confirmed that the world’s second largest economy is deep in slowdown mode.
27 Jul 2015
Americans love imported footwear. They bought 2.3 billion pairs of shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals and sundry other styles last year. That comes out to 7.3 pairs for every man, woman and child. While not enough to make Imelda Marcos green with envy, it’s enough to turn a lot of footwear executives gray with worry about where in the world to get them made at a cost and quality that will entice Americans to buy more.
16 Apr 2015
In the first two months of 2015, Chinese exports by value to Hong Kong, its second-largest trading partner, fell 6.5 percent year-over-year, while outbound shipments to Japan, China’s third-biggest receive of its exports, slipped 0.4 percent in the same period, according to statistics from Global Trade Information Systems, a sister company of JOC.com within IHS Maritime & Trade.
11 Mar 2015
The behavior of a handful of mega shippers in China completely defines the market, and any analysis of imports and exports must take this into account, advised Seabury Group managing director Gert-Jan Jansen.
06 Mar 2015
China’s containerized exports for February leapt 17.5 percent to 8.6 million 20-foot containers as strong foreign trade and a late Chinese New Year pushed up volumes leaving its ports.
26 Feb 2015
The top 20 Chinese ports had a throughput of 15.5 million 20-foot containers in January, with Shanghai and Shenzhen terminals handling almost half of them, according to Shanghai Shipping Exchange data.
01 Feb 2015
An expected spike in China’s factory production in January in the buildup to a late Chinese New Year failed to materialize, with the official purchasing manager’s index (PMI) falling to a level not seen since 2012.
21 Jan 2015
Total container throughput at China’s top 20 ports reached 175 million TEUs in 2014, an increase of 5.3 percent over the previous year as solid exports to the U.S. helped drive up the cargo numbers.
21 Nov 2014
Container throughput at Shanghai edged closer to the 30 million TEU mark in October, with the 3.02 million 20-foot containers handled in the month putting the port on course to blow last year’s 33.6 million box record out of the water by the close of business in December.
14 Nov 2014
Singapore handled 2.97 million 20-foot containers in October, continuing a healthy month-over-month increase that leaves the world’s second busiest container port on track to beat last year’s throughput.
09 Nov 2014
China’s exports during October continued to show solid growth compared to the same month last year, but comparisons for November and December are set to be complicated by the chronic over-reporting of mainland exports to Hong Kong late last year to evade currency controls.
06 Nov 2014
Throughput at China’s major ports continued to show strong growth in October, rising 6.1 percent year-over-year in support of the robust U.S. economy and a steady increase in foreign trade.
People have their temperature taken at Canton Fair on Oct. 30.
05 Nov 2014
If China’s largest trade show, the Canton Fair, is a true barometer of how the mainland’s export performance will shape up in the next six months, the signs are not positive.
Red delicious apples
04 Nov 2014
China has lifted its suspension on Red and Golden Delicious apple imports from Washington state, giving apple shippers an opening to move their record crop to a new market as domestic transport capacity tightens.
13 Oct 2014
China’s exports and imports in September grew well above expectations on the back of a strong rebound in foreign trade, but not enough to dispel warnings from analysts that hard times lay ahead.
23 Sep 2014
New export orders saw China factory output increasing in September as the mainland manufacturing sector continued to expand, reaching a two-month high and raising expectations that inventory building could see export growth into the fourth quarter.
The acquisition of Pacer International earlier this year tapped several trends driving growth at XPO
13 Sep 2014
Fast-growing third-party logistics companies are tuning into and tapping broad trends driving logistics growth in the U.S. and globally, including increased cross-border trade and the expansion of intermodal rail. Here are seven trends picked by XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs.
10 Sep 2014
China reported a record trade surplus in August, as imports unexpectedly fell amid a "mild" domestic slowdown while exports shot up on stronger global demand.