China’s imports and exports grew in June at a faster pace than expected, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, portending continued economic growth in a country still mired in Covid-19 outbreak fears.
Exports for the country increased 32.2% over last year (measured in U.S. dollars), continuing May’s upward trend of 27.9% growth.
Economists polled by the WSJ had estimated only a 23.2% growth for June, anticipating fears over a Covid-19 outbreak in a primary exporting region of China to heavily affect shipping.
Meanwhile, imports increased 36.7% from the previous year, which was slower than the 51.5% leap in May but still higher than economists’ predictions of 25.5%.
Surprise Growth Leads to a Trade Surplus
Together, imports and exports created a trade surplus for China of $51.5 billion in June, up from May’s $45.5 billion.
The growth was unanticipated, as collectively the trade surplus was anticipated to remain steady.
Customs spokesman Li Kuiwen spoke in a news briefing on Tuesday, saying that China’s imports and exports collectively hit their highest-ever level for the first half of the year. Monthly imports and exports also both had seen 13 consecutive months of year-over-year growth, Kuiwen reported.
Economists had feared that lockdown measures enacted at the end of May to contain outbreaks in the southern Guangdong province would negatively impact trade growth. The port in Shenzhen’s Yantian area is one of the most active in the world.
Tuesday’s numbers helped allay those fears and lend proof of a rebounding Chinese economy.
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