China’s Fastest-Growing Import Partners

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The following analysis highlights China’s fastest-growing trading partners and is based on data for 2014. For more recent research statistics, please see the main article China’s Top Trading Partners.

After analyzing 2015 data for the 100 countries responsible for consuming the greatest dollar value in Chinese imports, we found 13 countries that boosted their imports by triple digits since 2011.

Three of these 15 import-leading nations are in Asia, logical trade partners since they share share the same continental neighborhood.

Still, nine countries from Africa were among the nations growing their shipments from China at the highest percentage rates.

China’s Fastest-Growing Import Partners

Listed below in descending order below are China’s fastest-growing import partners. These nations boosted imports from the People’s Republic by the greatest percentage over the five-year period ending in 2015.

  1. Djibouti: Up by 290.3% (US$2 billion)
  2. Ethiopia: Up by 289.2% ($3.4 billion)
  3. Senegal: Up by 222.6% ($2.2 billion)
  4. Bahamas: Up by 188.3% ($1.6 billion)
  5. Cote d’Ivoire: Up by 188.1% ($1.6 billion)
  6. Mozambique: Up by 177.2% ($1.9 billion)
  7. Libya: Up by 163.2% ($1.9 billion)
  8. Tanzania: Up by 159.2% ($4.3 billion)
  9. Kenya: Up by 149.8% ($5.9 billion)
  10. Vietnam: Up by 128.2% ($66.4 billion)
  11. Oman: Up by 112.2% ($2.1 billion)
  12. Cameroon: Up by 110.3% ($1.8 billion)
  13. Iraq: Up by 107.2% ($7.9 billion)
  14. Macao: Up by 95.9% ($4.6 billion)
  15. Myanmar (Burma): Up by 95.6% ($9.4 billion)

Djibouti topped the list, led by imports of Chinese electric supplies and electronic equipment. In second place, Ethiopia’s leading exports from China include telephone system devices including smartphones as well as heavy equipment.

Research Sources:
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on August 10, 2016

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on August 10, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on August 10, 2016