What Does China Export? Top 10 Export Products of China

20 November 2017
China Export

China stood as the largest exporter of goods and also as fastest growing consumer market in the world. It is a global hub for manufacturing and is the largest manufacturing economy in the world. However, China is second largest trading country and a key player in international trade. In 2001, China became a member of WTO (World Trade Organization). It also has FTA (Free Trade Agreements) with several nations including ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Korea and Switzerland. According to Central Intelligence Agency, China’ total GDP (purchase power parity) amounted to USD 21.29 trillion and recorded GDP real growth rate of 6.7% during 2016.

China shipped USD 2097 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. China export of products is raised by 57% since 2009 when the great recession kicked in down by 8% from 2015 to 2016. One of the most common questions is “What China Exports?” Here, we take a comprehensive look at the China top exports to the world. We have also analysed it on different digit level of HS code for better product specification.

Top 10 Export Commodities of China (HS Code 2-Digit Level)

China top 10 exports accounted for two-thirds (approximately 67%) of the overall value of its global shipments. China’s top export product is electrical machinery and recorded value of USD 553 billion in 2016 which represented 26.37% of the total’s output. It has seen a rise in China exports of electronics by 3% between 2012 and 2016. However, it is declined by 7% from 2015 to 2016. Electrical machinery and its equipment including sound recorders & reproducers, television etc. mainly come under HS code 85.

Machinery is the second in the list of most exported products from China and registered USD 343 billion during the year 2016. It mainly includes mechanical appliances, nuclear reactors, boilers and parts thereof and comes under HS code 84. Machinery export from China is dropped by 2% since 2012 and it is also declined by 6% during 2015-16. Check the following table to know the top 10 China export products up to 2-digit HS code with the value recorded.

HS Code


Value (USD Billion)

HS Code 85

Electrical Machinery


HS Code 84



HS Code 94



HS Code 61

Articles of clothing, knitted or crotched


HS Code 62

Articles of clothing, not knitted or crotched


HS Code 90

Optical, Photographic


HS Code 39



HS Code 87



HS Code 73

Articles of Iron/Steel


HS Code 64

Footwear & Gaiters


*above stats are based on 2016 report

China Top 10 Exports (HS Code 4-Digit Level)

In the category of electronics, telephone sets (HS Code 8517) mainly Chinese mobile phones are the most demanded product in the foreign countries and 8% of the rise in mobile export business is recorded between 2012 and 2016. However, a decline of 5% in China mobile exports is also recorded during 2015-16. Mobile phone exports from China stood at USD 201.36 billion in 2016.

Automatic data processing machines are the second largest product that is exported from China with the value of USD 125 billion during 2016. It comes under HS Code 8471 and also includes magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data. China export of this product is declined by 9% from 2015 to 2016.

Electronic integrated circuit is third in the list of top export commodities of China, registered USD 61.15 billion during 2016. It has seen a decline in China export of HS Code 8542 by 12% during 2015-16. Here is the table representing top 10 export commodities of China and it is categorized by 4-digit level.

HS Code


Value (USD Billion)

HS Code 8517

Telephone Sets


HS Code 8471

Automatic data processing machines


HS Code 8542

Electronic integrated circuits


HS Code 9405

Lamps & lighting fittings


HS Code 9013

Liquid Crystal Devices


HS Code 8708

Parts for tractors & transport vehicles


HS Code 8528

Monitors & projectors


HS Code 8541

Diodes, transistors & semiconductor devices


HS Code 9403

Furniture & its parts


HS Code 8473

Parts suitable for use solely with machines of heading 8469 to 8472


*above stats are based on 2016 report

China Top Export Products List (HS Code 6-Digit Level)

As we have mentioned above, Chinese mobile phone (HS Code 851712) is the most selling product in foreign countries and recorded USD 116.09 billion during the year 2016. The demand for mobile phone is increased by 10% between 2012 and 2016. Data processing machines, automatic, portable, consisting of at least a CPU, keyboard and display, and comes under HS code 847130. As per China export products statistics, it recorded value of USD 79.57 billion from the export of this product. Let’s go to the table and know the top 10 export products of China up to HS Code 6-digit level.

HS Code


Value (USD Billion)

HS Code 851712

Telephones for cellular networks mobile telephones or for other wireless networks


HS Code 847130

Data processing machines, automatic, portable



HS Code 851770

Parts of telephone sets, telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks


HS Code 851762

Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission of voice, images etc.


HS Code 854231

Electronic integrated circuits as processors and controllers


HS Code 901380

LCD and other optical appliances and instruments not elsewhere specified


HS Code 847330

Parts of automatic data processing machines


HS Code 854232

Electronic integrated circuits as memories


HS Code 950300

Tricycles, scooters, pedal cars & similar wheeled toys


HS Code 640299

Footwear with outer soles & uppers of rubber


*above stats are based on 2016 report

Major Export Goods of China (HS Code 8-Digit Level)

Liquid crystal display panel, memories, tablet computers and electric lamps are also the main export products of China. At last, take a look at the top products which is specified deeply within tariff line HS code of 8-digit level with the export value recorded in 2016.

HS Code


Value (USD Billion)

HS Code 85171210

Wireless telephone handsets


HS Code 84713090

Other portable data processing machines


HS Code 85177030

Parts of wireless telephone handsets


HS Code 85423100

Processors & controllers


HS Code 90138030

LCD panel


HS Code 85423200



HS Code 84733090

Other machines parts of heading 8471


HS Code 84713010

Tablet Computers


HS Code 94054090

Electric lamps & lighting fittings


HS Code 84717010

Rigid disk drivers


 *above stats are based on 2016 report

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HS Code


HS Code Description

Talc, crushed or powdered

Chinese Trader Name

After the group Haicheng Shuiquan Talc Mine Co. Ltd

Plant Location

Liaoning Province, Haicheng


1075150 KGS


USD 387782

Destination Country


Destination Economic Region





FOB (Free on Board)

Shipping Route

By Sea


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