China’s export strength continues as global demand rebounds


Exports rose 9.5% in dollar terms in August from a year earlier to $235.3 billion, the third-highest level on record, customs data showed. Both the value of shipments to the US and the bilateral trade surplus were at the highest levels since November 2018.



China’s exports continued to expand due to demand for medical goods, electronics, and the effects of major trading partners gradually resuming business activities.


Exports rose 9.5% in dollar terms in August from a year earlier to $235.3 billion, the third-highest level on record, customs data showed. Both the value of shipments to the US and the bilateral trade surplus were at the highest levels since November 2018.


China’s exports have defied expectations this year, growing significantly faster than global trade due to strong demand for Covid-related goods. The gradual reopening of many economies in Asia and around the world has also increased appetite for Chinese goods, although it’s unclear how long the nation will continue to benefit from these factors.


“China’s surprising resilience in exports amid the global pandemic is due to some special factors,” said Lu Ting, chief China economist at Nomura International HK Ltd. That includes surging exports of personal protective equipment and work-from-home products as well as declining exports “from some emerging market competitors which are still severely hit by the pandemic.”


Textile exports including masks rose 33.4% in the first eight months in dollar terms from a year ago, according to the data released Monday in Beijing. Without the boost from medical-related goods, exports in March through July should have fallen an average of 3.1% each month, instead of the average 0.3% rise, according to a report from China International Capital Corp. economists led by Peng Wensheng published Sunday.


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