China - Exports of Goods

China: Exports of Goods

Mnemonic TREG.ICHN
Unit Ths. USD, SAAR
Adjustments Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rate
Monthly 2.66 %
Data Dec 2022 3,323,577,237
Nov 2022 3,237,453,045

Series Information

Source General Administration of Customs of the PRC
Release Trade
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1981
End Date 12/31/2022

China: Trade

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Balance of Goods Dec 2022 763,903,291 670,211,038 Ths. USD, SAAR Monthly
Exports of Goods Dec 2022 3,323,577,237 3,237,453,045 Ths. USD, SAAR Monthly
Imports of Goods Dec 2022 2,559,673,946 2,567,242,006 Ths. USD, SAAR Monthly
Current Account Balance 2022 Q3 144,333,463,923 77,498,411,420 USD, NSA Quarterly
Exports of Goods and Services 2017 16,341,757,817,300 14,617,684,515,100 NCU Annual
Imports of Goods and Services 2017 14,926,254,322,100 12,920,124,576,200 NCU Annual
Net Exports 2015 2,400 1,615 Bil. CNY Annual
Real Exports of Goods and Services 2014 13,639,593,766,837 13,119,532,600,800 NCU Annual
Real Imports of Goods and Services 2014 11,797,706,804,538 11,320,283,768,100 NCU Annual

Release Information

In China, the monthly Foreign Trade Statistics is published by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (China Customs, GACC). Presentations include level (summary, by commodity, by trading partner), monthly percent growth, and annual percent growth (with subnational detail).

The reported detail is subject to change.

Level: summary, commodity, trading partner

  • Framework: UN International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Rev. 2 (IMTS)
  • Measurements:
    • Thousands of U.S. dollars (Ths. USD)
    • Relevant quantity
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start date: As early as 1981m1
  • Geo coverage: Country

Annual percent growth: summary

  • Measurement: Percent change month-over-month (% Y/Y)
  • Start date: Uniformly 2001m1
  • Geo coverage: Country

Monthly percent growth: summary

  • Measurement: Percent change month-over-month (% M/M)
  • Start date: Uniformly 2018m1
  • Geo coverage:
    • Province (31, ICHN_^^)
    • Top-level cities (28, ICHN_^^^)


  • Breakdowns:
    • By commodity
    • By ownership
    • By trading partner
  • Measurements:
    • 100 million U.S. dollars (100 Mil. USD)
    • 10 thousand U.S. dollars (10 Ths. USD)
    • Thousand U.S. dollars (Ths. USD)
    • Unitary count (#)
    • Metric tons (Tonnes)
    • 10 thousand cubic meters (10 Ths. m³)
    • Other relevant quantity
  • Cumulations:
    • Year to date (YTD)
    • None
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Start date: As early as 2000m6
  • End date: As late as 2013m12
  • Geo coverage:
    • Country
    • Province
    • Top-level city

The statistical territory of merchandise trade statistics coincides with the customs territory of the People's Republic of China (PR China), excluding the separate customs territories of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Province.

The trade balance figure is calculated based on the difference between export and import.

Since 1980, the compilation of Customs statistics follows the concepts and definitions recommended by the United Nations for use in international trade statistics, that is International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions, Rev. 2, New York, UN, 1998 (IMTS). The disseminated data include value of total imports and exports in yuans and US dollars with (in US dollars) breakdown by two main categories each of primary and manufactured goods, as well as information by detailed categories, by destination country, foreign enterprises, domestic region, etc.

Customs statistics cover all merchandise which enter or leave the customs territory of PR China and add to or subtract the stock of material sources of China, excluding the following types of goods: temporary imports or exports, goods on lease for less than one year, personal effects of travelers, goods consigned to diplomatic missions, goods for repair and goods in transit.

Imports are recorded on the date when goods are released from Customs. Exports are recorded on the date when goods are cleared from Customs.

The source publishes only current-month and year-ago numbers; hence, only some data are revised.

Jan-Feb release

Every year, the February numbers are initially a cummulative number for Jan-Feb, to minimise seasonal effects of Lunar New Year. We follow the same and not publish the monthly figures for January. Cumulated data will not be affected by this.

The January, February numbers will be revised to monthly numbers when the source, NBS makes them available at a later date.