Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) recently reported that, according to the data just released by the General Administration of Customs, the country’s export value in June 2023 decreased by 12.4 percent year-over-year in US dollar terms. Meanwhile, import value in June decreased by 6.8% year-over-year.
The June export numbers were lower than market expectations, showing the biggest drop in exports in three years. There are three main reasons behind the drop. First, the global economic downturn further weakened external demand for Chinese goods. Second, last year’s June export growth rate baseline had a sharp rise. Finally, China’s exports to the United States have declined rapidly. Analysts expect that exports in the third quarter will continue the negative growth trend.
In June, China’s exports to the United States fell by 23.7 percent year-over-year, a decline 5.5 percent larger than that of the previous month. Chinese exports to U.S. have been declining for 11 straight months. June exports to the EU fell by 12.9 percent year-over-year, a rate of decline 5.9 percentage points greater than the previous month. June exports to Japan fell by 15.6 percent year-over-year, a decline 2.3 percentage points greater than previous month. It is especially worth noting that, in June, China’s exports to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the country’s largest trading partner, fell by 16.9 percent year-over-year, an expanded decline of 1 percent from May. Meanwhile, Chinese exports to Russia grew by 90.9 percent year-over-year, with a high growth rate for four consecutive months.
Source: Sina, July 13, 2023