China's foreign trade up 3.9 percent in first half of 2019
A picture made available on 25 October 2013, shows a view of containers at the Nansha port in Guangdong province, China, 24 October 2013. EPA-EFE FILE/DIEGO AZUBEL
Japanese dock workers talk in front of Chinese shipping containers at a port in Tokyo, Japan, 14 February, 2011. EPA-EFE FILE/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN
Beijing, Jul 12 (efe-epa).- China's foreign trade rose 3.9 percent inter-annually in the first half of 2019 – a slowdown of four percentage points from the same period of the last year, according to official data released Friday.
The General Customs Administration reported that China's foreign trade in these six months stood at 14.67 trillion yuan ($2.13 trillion). Exports grew 6.1 percent while imports rose 1.4 percent.
The sales abroad were at 7.95 trillion yuan ($1.16 trillion) and the purchases at 6.72 trillion yuan.
Thus trade surplus stood at 1.23 trillion yuan, marking an increase of 41.6 percent over last year's data.
However, amid a long running trade dispute with Washington since March 2018, China’s trade with the United States reduced some nine percent during the first quarter of 2019, a trend marked mostly by a 25.7 percent decline in the flow of goods from the North American country.
In June, China's foreign trade declined 1.2 percent as compared to the figures recorded in May, although year-on-year comparison showed an increase of 3.2 percent.
In comparison with the June 2018 data, it was noted that exports rose some 6.1 percent while the imports declined some 0.4 percent. EFE-EPA