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Economy Corner

China’s trade data in the first half of 2022

The China Customs Statistics released data in July showing that in the first half of 2022, China’s foreign trade achieved steady growth, and the total import and export value of trade in goods was 19.8 trillion yuan (AUD$ 4.21 trillion), an increase of 9.4% year-on-year. Among them, China’s exports were 11.14 trillion yuan (AUD$ 2.37 trillion), an increase of 13.2% year-on-year; imports reached 8.66 trillion yuan (AUD$ 1.84 trillion), an increase of 4.8% year-on-year, resulting in a trade surplus of 2.48 trillion yuan (AUD$ 0.53 trillion).

Specifically, in terms of trade modes, the proportion of general trade imports and exports continued to increase. China's general trade import and export was 12.71 trillion yuan (AUD$ 2.70 trillion), an increase of 13.1%, accounting for 64.2% of China’s total foreign trade import and export value.

From the perspective of major trading partners, China’s imports and exports to ASEAN, the US and the countries along the Belt and Road Initiative maintained double-digit growth.

The major export products included:

  • mechanical and electrical products
  • textiles and garments
  • plastic products
  • shoes and other labour-intensive products.

The import of energy products included:

  • crude oil
  • natural gas
  • coal
  • other energy products.

It is expected that China’s foreign trade will continue to maintain steady growth in the second half of 2022 due to the unchanged fundamentals.

China Customs data also shows that the bilateral trade volume between China and Australia was 684.26 billion yuan (AUD$ 145.58 billion), down 4% year-on-year. Among them, Australia’s exports to China fell sharply by 13.1% in the first half of 2022 to 452.2 billion yuan (AUD$ 96.21 billion).

(Source: China CustomsMinistry of Commerce) (Note: $1AUD=¥4.70 yuan)

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