Import of goods to China 2009-2019

In 2019, China imported approximately 2.08 trillion U.S. dollars worth of goods. This indicated a decrease in import value by nearly three percent compared to the previous year.

Import development in China

In 2013, China had surpassed the United States as the world’s largest goods trader. That year, China’s imports and exports had summed up to more than four trillion U.S. dollars. There has been a fairly steady increase in imports over the last decade with the exception of 2009 and 2015-2016. China’s imports of goods had decreased by around eleven percent due to the global financial crisis in 2009, before recovering to a positive growth in 2010. In 2015, Chinese imports went down by 13.2 percent due to the global uncertainty following several geopolitical conflicts, disease outbreaks, and terrorism, according to the commerce minister of China.

In 2019, China's import contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) ranged at around 14.5 percent. A year earlier, Chinese exports exceed the country's imports by around 351 billion U.S. dollars creating a hefty merchandise trade surplus. ASEAN and the European Union countries were China’s most important import trade partners, with imports worth approximately 1.95 billion yuan and 1.91 billion yuan respectively in 2019.

Value of import of goods in China from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

The source did not provide an exact publication date. Date given here is the date of data access.

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