As the year 2018 draws to an end, China’s imports are expected to surpass 2 trillion U.S. dollars, a record high.
Another piece of good news: nearly 100,000 square meters of exhibition area have been booked for the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) next year.
According to China’s official Customs data, China’s imports increased 14.6 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2018. The expected 2 trillion dollars in imports equals the gross domestic product (GDP) of either Brazil or Italy in 2017.
The robust growth of imports and the success of the inaugural CIIE in Shanghai last month illustrate China’s success in ramping up imports and the role the world has played in China’s policy of reform and opening-up.
China this year has lowered tariffs on an array of products, ranging from medicines to vehicles, bringing down the general duty level from 9.8 percent to 7.5.
Beijing’s resolve to boost imports have sent a strong message to the international community that China is committed to reform and opening-up.
According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, lower tariffs, easier customs clearance and improved car import policies could be expected next year. The Asian Country is delivering on its commitment to supporting free trade, bolstering openness in the world economy and safeguarding a multilateral trading system.
The strong momentum seen in China’s imports has inspired a world economy struggling with the rising tide of trade protectionism.
Source :- Dailyshippingtimes.com