The statistic shows the export partners for China in 2015, sorted by their respective export share. That year, the United States had imported approximately 18 percent of the Chinese export volume.
Distribution of Chinese exports – additional information
In 2014, China exported goods with a total value of more than 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars and imported goods with a value of 1.96 trillion U.S. dollars, making it the leading export and second largest import country worldwide. In 2015, China was ranked second among the countries with the largest gross domestic product, closely following the United States.
China’s economic prosperity is closely related to its status as the world’s factory. Since 2005, exports contributed more than 20 percent to China’s gross domestic product. With a trade surplus of about 382 billion U.S. dollars, China ranked first among countries with the highest trade surplus in 2014. China displays high growth potential for service exports such as tourism, transportation, banking and financial services, as well as insurance and education services. However, the main focus of China’s exports remains on merchandise. In 2013, merchandise exports made up 11.74 percent of global exports, while Chinese service exports contributed only 4.41 percent.
China’s primary exports include clothing, automatic data processing machines and components and mobile and car telephones. Vehicles are among the fastest-growing Chinese exports. The export value of vehicles increased from approximately 5.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2009 to 13.81 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. Meanwhile, China mainly imported machinery, oil, mineral fuels, metal ores and motor vehicles from the European Union, the United States, Japan and from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.