China's export volume of foreign trade ranked the world fifth in the
year 2002, one place higher than the previous year. The import volume
ranked the world sixth, the same with previous year, as is known lately
from the nation's Customs General Administration.
In the year China realized an export volume of 325.6 billion US dollars,
22 percent higher than previous year, with its percentage in world total
export rising from 4.3 percent in 2001 to 5.1 percent in 2002, according
to WTO statistics. The top four world exporters are the US, Germany, Japan
In 2002 the import volume for China is 295.2 billion US dollars, up 21
percent and its percentage in world total trade volume rising from 3.8
percent in 2001 to 4.4 percent. The top five world importers are the US,
Germany, Britain, Japan and France.
Since currently there is no authoritative institution on trade ranking,
the UN and WTO usually publish on February and March statistics reported
by each country for the world reference.