Home / Business / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Growth of exports to US slows
Adjust font size:

The growth of China's exports to the United States, the country's second-largest trading partner, slowed in the first half of the year, the General Administration of Customs said on its website yesterday.

China's exports to the US in the first six months totaled $116.79 billion, up 8.9 percent from the same period last year. The growth rate was 9 percentage points lower than a year earlier.

China Customs said the slowdown was partly due to economic problems sparked by the US subprime crisis. A stronger renminbi, also contributed to the declining export volume.

The central parity rate of the Chinese currency was 6.86 yuan to one dollar yesterday. The renminbi had appreciated more than 20 percent against the greenback since its peg to the US dollar was removed in July 2005.

The appreciation raised the cost of the country's goods on the international market and impacted on Chinese products' competitiveness, China Customs said.

China's processing trade industry saw its US exports stand at $70.68 billion in the first half, up 5.7 percent over the same period last year. The growth rate was 3.2 percentage points lower year-on-year.

Exports of mechanical and electrical products, two of the country's major exports to the United States, hit $71.9 billion, up 8.6 percent over the same period last year. The growth rate declined 8.4 percentage points year-on-year.

China's export volume stood at $666.25 billion in the first half of this year, representing an increase of 21.8 percent over the same period last year.

According to government statistics, China has become a major export partner of the US, exceeding Japan and Canada to rank the third in export volume last year. Meanwhile, the US is China's largest export partner. In 2007, the total trade volume between China and the United States reached $300 billion.

The Chinese government is paying great attention to the expanding US subprime crisis and the falling dollar.

The Report on the Work of the Government, delivered to National People's Congress on March 5, said China must be fully prepared for changes in the international environment and become better able to tackle risks.

(China Daily, Xinhua August 15, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name
China Archives
Related >>
- China raises export tax rebate for textiles to 13%
- Export policy changes in the pipeline
- Textile, garment export drops 11% in H1
- Export growth slows down
Most Viewed >>
- China to raise coke export tariff rate to 40%
- Luxury car dealers halt sales
- Offshore market for yuan likely soon
- Small-sum loan business enters launch countdown
- PBOC says to seek policy balance
- Output of Major Industrial Products
- Investment by Various Sectors
- Foreign Direct Investment by Country or Region
- National Price Index
- Value of Major Commodity Import
- Money Supply
- Exchange Rate and Foreign Exchange Reserve
- What does the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement cover?
- How to Set up a Foreign Capital Enterprise in China?
- How Does the VAT Works in China?
- How Much RMB or Foreign Currency Can Be Physically Carried Out of or Into China?
- What Is the Electrical Fitting in China?