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Top China Imports from the World
In 2016, China bought US$1.589 trillion worth of imported products down by -12.6% since 2012 and down by -5.5% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 Chinese Imports from South Korea

South Korea's exports to China amounted to
$159.2 billion or 10% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $73.9 billion
  2. Medical, technical equipment: $17.4 billion
  3. Machinery: $15.3 billion
  4. Organic chemicals: $10.3 billion
  5. Plastics: $10.2 billion
  6. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.2 billion
  7. Vehicles: $4.5 billion
  8. Iron and steel: $3.4 billion
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $1.7 billion
10. Copper: $1.7 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to China amounted to
$145.8 billion or 9.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $40.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $27.3 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $14.3 billion
  4. Vehicles: $13.8 billion
  5. Plastics: $8.7 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $5.8 billion
  7. Iron and steel: $5.1 billion
  8. Copper: $2.9 billion
  9. Other chemical goods: $2.9 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $2.1 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to China amounted to
$139.7 billion or 8.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $89.7 billion
  2. Medical, technical equipment: $13.7 billion
  3. Machinery: $8.5 billion
  4. Plastics: $7.5 billion
  5. Organic chemicals: $4.7 billion
  6. Copper: $2 billion
  7. Other chemical goods: $1.3 billion
  8. Glass: $1.3 billion
  9. Iron and steel: $1.2 billion
10. Machinery: $804.2 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from the US

America's exports to China amounted to
$135 billion or 8.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $15.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $14.5 billion
  3. Oil seed: $14.4 billion
  4. Vehicles: $14 billion
  5. Aircraft, spacecraft: $13.2 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $11.1 billion
  7. Plastics: $6.1 billion
  8. Woodpulp: $3.8 billion
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $3.2 billion
10. Organic chemicals: $3 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to China amounted to
$86.1 billion or 5.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $20.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $17.8 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $11.4 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $8.3 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $5.6 billion
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.1 billion
  7. Plastics: $2.8 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $1.7 billion
  9. Other chemical goods: $1.2 billion
10. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to China amounted to
$70.2 billion or 4.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Ores, slag, ash: $39 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $10.6 billion
  3. Live trees and plants: $6.6 billion
  4. Copper: $2 billion
  5. Wool: $1.6 billion
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $1.3 billion
  7. Wood: $1.1 billion
  8. Meat: $754.8 million
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $594.1 million
10. Beverages: $584.3 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to China amounted to
$49.1 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $31.8 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $4 billion
  3. Machinery: $3 billion
  4. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $1.4 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $1.3 billion
  6. Rubber: $1.2 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.1 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $987.6 million
  9. Ores, slag, ash: $559.8 million
10. Other chemical goods: $531.2 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Brazil

Brazil's exports to China amounted to
$45.6 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil seed: $15.5 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $13.1 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $6 billion
  4. Woodpulp: $2.6 billion
  5. Meat: $2 billion
  6. Ships, boats: $1.2 billion
  7. Sugar: $707.4 million
  8. Raw hides excluding furskins:$677.4 million
  9. Iron and steel: $539.1 million
10. Copper: $507.1 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Switzerland

Switzerland's exports to China amounted to
$40.1 billion or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Live trees and plants: $31.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.9 billion
  3. Cereals: $1.7 billion
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $1.2 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $1.2 billion
  6. Electronic equipment: $927.6 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $482.5 million
  8. Plastics: $215.6 million
  9. Gems, precious metals: $206.8 million
10. Vehicles: $104.9 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to China amounted to
$38.7 billion or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $8.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $7.3 billion
  3. Rubber: $3.8 billion
  4. Plastics: $3 billion
  5. Gems, precious metals: $2.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.5 billion
  7. Wood: $1.5 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
  9. Fruits, nuts: $1.2 billion
10. Vegetables: $1.1 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to China amounted to
$37.2 billion or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $13 billion
  2. Live trees and plants: $9.9 billion
  3. Cotton: $1.7 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.6 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.2 billion
  6. Footwear: $1.2 billion
  7. Rubber: $1 billion
  8. Wood: $929.6 million
  9. Cereal, milk preparations: $733.9 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $647.9 million
Fastest-Growing Chinese Imports 2016
Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis