China's foreign trade of goods up 10.4 pct in first 7 months


File - Aerial photo taken on July 13, 2021 shows a container terminal in Jiaxing, east China's Zhejiang Province. (Photo by Long Wei/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Aug. 7: China's foreign trade of goods jumped 10.4 per cent year on year to 23.6 trillion yuan (about 3.5 trillion U.S. dollars) during the first seven months of the year, official data showed Sunday.

Exports rose 14.7 per cent year on year to 13.37 trillion yuan, while imports increased 5.3 per cent from a year ago to 10.23 trillion yuan, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

During the period, China's trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the European Union and the United States, expanded by 13.2 per cent, 8.9 per cent and 11.8 per cent from a year ago, respectively.

From January to July, China's trade with Belt and Road countries and other members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) soared by 19.8 per cent and 7.5 per cent year on year.

In July, trade with RCEP partners reached 1.17 trillion yuan, up 18.8 per cent year on year, boosting the overall foreign trade growth by 5.6 percentage points, said Li Kuiwen, spokesperson for the GAC.

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