Foreign trade declines in January
China’s foreign trade stumbled by 10.8 percent to 2.09 trillion yuan ($341 billion) on a year-onyear basis in January, pushing the country to accelerate the pace of restructuring.
The country’s exports slid 3.2 percent to 1.23 trillion yuan and imports slumped 19.7 percent to 860 billion yuan, expanding the trade surplus by 87.5 percent to 366.9 billion yuan, according to General Administration of Customs data.
The sharp import decline was led by a drop in foreign commodities as coal tumbled by nearly 53.2 percent, refined oil dropped by 37.6 percent and steel slid by 14.7 percent from the same month a year earlier.
“The weak manufacturing activities and a bearish housing market have caused domestic demand for commodities including refined oil, industrial metals and plastics to decline,” said Zhao Zhongxiu, a trade professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. (Photo 3)