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Top China Imports from the World
In 2018, China bought US$2.135 trillion worth of imported products up by 9% since 2014 and up by 15.8% from 2017 to 2018.
Top 10 Chinese Imports from South Korea

South Korea's exports to China amounted to
$204.6 billion or 9.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $100 billion
  2. Machinery: $23.8 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $15.3 billion
  4. Organic chemicals: $14.1 billion
  5. Plastics: $11.7 billion
  6. Mineral fuels including oil: $11.1 billion
  7. Iron and steel: $3.5 billion
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $2.9 billion
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $2.4 billion
10. Vehicles: $2.3 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to China amounted to
$180.4 billion or 8.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $44.4 billion
  2. Machinery: $40.7 billion
  3. Vehicles: $18.2 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $15.8 billion
  5. Plastics: $9.8 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $7.4 billion
  7. Iron and steel: $5.7 billion
  8. Copper: $3.7 billion
  9. Other chemical goods: $3.5 billion
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $2.8 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to China amounted to
$177.3 billion or 8.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $113.5 billion
  2. Medical, technical equipment: $15 billion
  3. Machinery: $14.9 billion
  4. Plastics: $9.7 billion
  5. Organic chemicals: $6.7 billion
  6. Copper: $2.5 billion
  7. Glass: $1.5 billion
  8. Iron and steel: $1.4 billion
  9. Other chemical goods: $1.3 billion
10. Man-made filaments: $845 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from the US

America's exports to China amounted to
$156 billion or 7.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $19.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $18.3 billion
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $16.5 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $13.2 billion
  5. Vehicles: $12.6 billion
  6. Mineral fuels including oil: $10.5 billion
  7. Oil seed: $7.7 billion
  8. Plastics: $7.1 billion
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $4.7 billion
10. Organic chemicals: $3.9 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to China amounted to
$106.3 billion or 5% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $24 billion
  2. Vehicles: $23.9 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $13.4 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $10.8 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $6.8 billion
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $3.8 billion
  7. Plastics: $3.3 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $2 billion
  9. Organic chemicals: $1.7 billion
10. Other chemical goods: $1.5 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to China amounted to
$105.1 billion or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Ores, slag, ash: $52.3 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $22.8 billion
  3. Gems, precious metals: $8.3 billion
  4. Wool: $2.3 billion
  5. Meat: $1.5 billion
  6. Wood: $1.5 billion
  7. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $1.4 billion
  8. Copper: $1.4 billion
  9. Cereals: $1.3 billion
10. Nickel: $1.2 billion
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Brazil

Brazil's exports to China amounted to
$77.1 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil seed: $28.8 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $19.1 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $16.2 billion
  4. Woodpulp: $5.1 billion
  5. Meat: $2.8 billion
  6. Iron and steel: $908.7 million
  7. Raw hides excluding furskins: $530.4 million
  8. Copper: $451.2 million
  9. Cotton: $363.9 million
10. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $326.3 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to China amounted to
$64.1 billion or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $34.1 billion
  2. Cotton: $2.2 billion
  3. Footwear: $2 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $1.9 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  6. Rubber: $1.5 billion
  7. Wood: $1.1 billion
  8. Fruits, nuts: $849.9 million
  9. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $759.8 million
10. Cereals: $739.2 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to China amounted to
$63.3 billion or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $33.9 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $12.4 billion
  3. Machinery: $4.1 billion
  4. Plastics: $2 billion
  5. Organic chemicals: $1.6 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $1.5 billion
  7. Rubber: $1.5 billion
  8. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $1.4 billion
  9. Copper: $753.4 million
10. Other chemical goods: $608 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Russia

Russia's exports to China amounted to
$58.9 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $42.1 billion
  2. Wood: $4.7 billion
  3. Fish: $2.1 billion
  4. Copper: $1.7 billion
  5. Ores, slag, ash: $1.5 billion
  6. Woodpulp: $1.1 billion
  7. Nickel: $1.1 billion
  8. Fertilizers: $511.4 million
  9. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $387.6 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $386.8 million
Top 10 Chinese Imports from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's exports to China amounted to
$45.9 billion or 2.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $31.3 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $7.4 billion
  3. Plastics: $6 billion
  4. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $351.4 million
  5. Ores, slag, ash: $262.1 million
  6. Copper: $144.1 million
  7. Rubber: $141 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $73.4 million
  9. Machinery: $49.9 million
10. Aluminum: $47.8 million
Fastest-Growing Chinese Imports 2018
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