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China Sets New Trade Surplus Record in 2014

China’s General Administration of Customs reported China’s trade data for 2014. The total import and export volume was 26.43 trillion yuan (US$4.26 trillion), a 2.3 percent increase over the previous year. The trade surplus was 2.35 trillion yuan (US$379 billion), an all-time high.

Exports were 14.39 trillion yuan (US$2.32 trillion), an increase of 6.1 percent over the previous year and also an all-time high. However, the increase rate of 6.1 percent was the lowest in the past five years.

China had a 5.4 percent increase in its trade with the U.S., to 3.41 trillion yuan (US$550 billion) and an 8.9 percent increase in trade with the European Union, to 3.78 trillion yuan (US$610 billion).

Source: Caixin Online, January 13, 2015