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Cross-border e-commerce in China - statistics & facts

Ever since China joined the World Trade Organization at the beginning of the 21st century, nothing worried Chinese cross-border traders more than the ongoing trade war with the United States. However, it did not slow down China’s booming international merchandise trade. In 2019, China’s imports and exports surged to new hights. For a decade, China has remained one of the leading exporting and importing countries in cross-border trades globally. Today, China’s cross-border trade is also thriving on online trading platforms.

Cross-border exports



  As of 2019, China had nearly twenty thousand cross-border e-commerce enterprises, and most of them were small and medium-sized enterprises. In that year, the gross merchandise value generated by international online trade accounted for almost 40 percent of the total import-export value in China. Driven by the development of logistics and digital payments, many Chinese e-commerce companies set up strategies to acquire more overseas markets. Aliexpress, the subsidiary of China’s online retailing giant Alibaba, defeated eBay to become the second favorite website among cross-border online shoppers.
After the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, selling on online cross-border marketplaces like Aliexpress and wish.com became a way for many Chinese manufacturers to tackle their economic predicament. To stimulate the growth of cross-border e-commerce, China planned to establish 46 new pilot zones, on top of the 59 existing cross-border e-commerce pilot zones. Enterprises located in these pilot zones were supported through tax deductions on exporting.

Cross-border imports



  The rising middle-class in China demanded high-quality products, yet they don’t want to risk buying counterfeits. Therefore, cross-border e-commerce platforms became their ideal option for shopping for foreign goods. Around three-quarters of the cross-border e-commerce users in China shopped via cross-border e-commerce websites. Tmall Global and Kaola.com were the most popular cross-border online shopping websites among Chinese consumers. Overall, cross-border e-commerce imports have soared in the past decade with the trade volume increasing nearly tenfold. From snacks to vehicles, Chinese consumers shop a wide variety of international goods online.

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