How will China’s foreign trade break through in 2023?

China’s foreign trade has experienced significant growth in recent years, despite facing multiple pressures from the global economic and trade environment. 

According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Commerce, China’s foreign trade exceeded 40 trillion yuan for the first time in 2022, demonstrating steady growth despite the challenges. 



However, in the first two months of 2023, China’s imports and exports of goods totaled 6.18 trillion yuan, down 0.8 percent year-on-year. This highlights the continuing challenge for China’s foreign trade industry as external demand slows and the risk of a global economic recession rises. 

In this context, it’s important for China’s foreign trade enterprises to take action to succeed. To break out successfully, they may proceed from the following aspects: saving costs, increasing productivity, providing professional services, and implementing intelligent management practices. 

Despite the challenges, there are opportunities for growth and success for those who are willing to adapt and innovate. The potential of foreign trade in the central and western regions has been released, and private enterprises continue to be the “main force” of foreign trade. Closer economic and trade ties with ASEAN and the proportion of imports and exports in general trade have also increased. 

China's foreign trade

China’s foreign trade

As the global economy continues to recover slowly, the foreign trade situation in 2023 is expected to show a trend of development before low and then high. 

After three years of the epidemic, the foreign trade export industry has experienced ups and downs, but through the storm, it has also experienced highlight moments. In 2023, all foreign trade enterprises must work together to adapt and succeed.

By Janice Jiang