Annual Merchandise Trade Statistics by Country
Publication date: 09 November 2018, GMT
Reporting period: 2002 - 2017
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Source:UN Comtrade
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Imports of goods to the European Union (28) from China in 2017

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Source: United Nations International Trade Statistics Database, Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Statistics Division (https://comtrade.un.org)

The value of total imports to the European Union (28) from China totaled $ 422 billion in 2017. Grows of merchandise imports to the European Union (28) from China reached 10.8% in value terms compared to 2016. goods imports grew up by $ 41 billion in 2017 (value of merchandise imports to the European Union (28) from China were $380 billion in 2016)

Share of China in total imports of commodity group TOTAL "ALL COMMODITIES" to the European Union (28) amounted to 20 percent (422 billion USD) in 2017 of 2.09 trillion USD - value of total imports of commodity group TOTAL to the European Union (28) in 2017. Share of China in imports of commodity group TOTAL "ALL COMMODITIES" to the European Union (28) increased by 0.323 p.p. compared to 2016 (it was 19.8 peercent in 2016, and total merchandise imports to the European Union (28) amounted to 1.92 trillion USD).

Imports structure to the European Union (28) from China in 2017 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 27% (118 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 21% (92 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 4.6% (19.4 billion US$): 94 - Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • 3.98% (16.8 billion US$): 95 - Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
  • 3.87% (16.3 billion US$): 62 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
  • 3.41% (14.4 billion US$): 61 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
  • 2.78% (11.7 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 2.68% (11.3 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 2.4% (10.1 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals
  • 2.33% (9.88 billion US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel

What did European Union (28) import from China in 2017?

TOP-10 Imports commodities to the European Union (28) from China in 2017:

  • 12.1% ($51 billion): 8525 - Transmission apparatus for radio-telephony, radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras; still image video cameras and other video camera recorders; digital cameras.
  • 11.3% ($47 billion): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 1.78% ($7.54 billion): 8473 - Parts and accessories (other than covers, carrying cases and the like) suitable for use solely or principally with machines of headings 84.69 to 84.72.
  • 1.77% ($7.47 billion): 9405 - Lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like, having a permanently fixed light source, and parts thereof not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 1.69% ($7.15 billion): 9503 - Other toys; reduced-size (scale) models and similar recreational models, working or not; puzzles of all kinds.
  • 1.58% ($6.67 billion): 4202 - Trunks, suit-cases, vanity-cases, executive-cases, brief-cases, school satchels, spectacle cases, binocular cases, camera cases, musical instrument cases, gun cases, holsters and similar containers; travelling-bags, insulated food or beverages bags, toilet bags, rucksacks, handbags, shopping-bags, wallets, purses, map-cases, cigarette-cases, tobacco-pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle-cases, jewellery boxes, powder-boxes, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather
  • 1.32% ($5.58 billion): 9401 - Seats (other than those of heading 94.02), whether or not convertible into beds, and parts thereof.
  • 1.29% ($5.46 billion): 8504 - Electrical transformers, static converters (for example, rectifiers) and inductors.
  • 1.28% ($5.43 billion): 8529 - Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the apparatus of headings 85.25 to 85.28.
  • 1.24% ($5.24 billion): 9504 - Articles for funfair, table or parlour games, including pintables, billiards, special tables for casino games and automatic bowling alley equipment.
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