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Export trade in China - statistics & facts

In 2009, China overtook Germany as the largest exporting nation worldwide. Since 2014, China has been not only the world’s largest exporter but also the largest trading nation in terms of the sum of its exports and imports. In 2020, despite the global coronavirus pandemic, China’s exports of goods totaled a record high of almost 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars, over one trillion more than second-place the United States. In the same year, China’s export of goods and services constituted 17.65 percent of GDP. The economy is considered to be relatively open if a country’s exports are around 15 percent or more of GDP.

In 2020, China’s major export goods were automatic data processing machines and components, followed by textiles, clothes and clothing accessories, mobile phones, and integrated circuits. In 2020, China also exported the most personal protective equipment worldwide, including 224 billion respiratory masks and 2.31 billion protective suits. That’s nearly 40 masks for every people in the world outside of China.

In the same year, China exported nearly 281 billion U.S. dollars of services, of which 278 billion U.S. dollars were commercial services. Travel and transportation services were among the most exported commercial service categories in China that year.

With exports amounting to more than three trillion yuan, United State regained the position of China’s top export market in 2020, after the Sino-U.S. trade war eased. European Union and ASEAN were also China’s leading export partners that year. Meanwhile, owing to the successful launch and expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative, China has opened up new markets in the Middle East and Africa. In 2020, China exported around 17.7 trillion yuan-worth commodities to the countries of the Belt and Road Initiative.

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Export trade in China - statistics & facts

In 2009, China overtook Germany as the largest exporting nation worldwide. Since 2014, China has been not only the world’s largest exporter but also the largest trading nation in terms of the sum of its exports and imports. In 2020, despite the global coronavirus pandemic, China’s exports of goods totaled a record high of almost 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars, over one trillion more than second-place the United States. In the same year, China’s export of goods and services constituted 17.65 percent of GDP. The economy is considered to be relatively open if a country’s exports are around 15 percent or more of GDP.

In 2020, China’s major export goods were automatic data processing machines and components, followed by textiles, clothes and clothing accessories, mobile phones, and integrated circuits. In 2020, China also exported the most personal protective equipment worldwide, including 224 billion respiratory masks and 2.31 billion protective suits. That’s nearly 40 masks for every people in the world outside of China.

In the same year, China exported nearly 281 billion U.S. dollars of services, of which 278 billion U.S. dollars were commercial services. Travel and transportation services were among the most exported commercial service categories in China that year.

With exports amounting to more than three trillion yuan, United State regained the position of China’s top export market in 2020, after the Sino-U.S. trade war eased. European Union and ASEAN were also China’s leading export partners that year. Meanwhile, owing to the successful launch and expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative, China has opened up new markets in the Middle East and Africa. In 2020, China exported around 17.7 trillion yuan-worth commodities to the countries of the Belt and Road Initiative.

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