The following product groups represent the highest dollar value in China’s import purchases during 2016. Also shown is the percentage share each product category represents in terms of overall imports into China.
- Electronic equipment: US$431.6 billion (25.7% of total Chinese imports)
- Electrical machinery, equipment: US$414.3 billion (26.1% of total imports)
- Mineral fuels including oil: $175.8 billion (11.1%)
- Machinery including computers: $147.8 billion (9.3%)
- Ores, slag, ash: $93.2 billion (5.9%)
- Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $92.6 billion (5.8%)
- Vehicles : $71.5 billion (4.5%)
- Plastics, plastic articles: $61 billion (3.8%)
- Organic chemicals: $43.9 billion (2.8%)
- Oil seeds: $38.3 billion (2.4%)
- Copper: $33.2 billion (2.1%)
Imported electrical machinery and equipment had the fastest-growing increase in value among the top 10 import categories, up 70% for the 7-year period starting in 2009.
In second place for improving import purchases were mineral fuels including oil, up 41.8%. Trailing were Chinese imports of machinery including computers via a 19.4% gain.
Please note that the results listed above are at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level. Information presented under other virtual folder tabs is at the more granular 4-digit level