China's 2006 crude oil imports 145 mln tons, up 14.5 pct - customs
01.11.07, 1:41 AM ET
BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - China imported 145 mln tons of crude oil in 2006, up 14.5 pct from 10.82 mln in 2005, the General Administration of China Customs said in a statement published on its website.
The country exported 6.34 mln tons of crude oil, down 21.4 pct year on year.
Crude oil imports in December totalled 11.56 mln tons.
The country imported 36.38 mln tons of oil products in 2006, up 21.1 pct, with 2.14 mln tons imported in December.
About 12.35 mln tons of oil products were exported, down 11.9 pct year on year, including 1.16 mln tons in December.
The statement said 2.06 mln tons of copper were imported in 2006, down 18.6 pct from 2005.
Coal exports fell 11.7 pct to 63.3 mln tons, and coke exports were up 13.6 pct to 14.5 mln tons.
The value of machinery and electronic products' exports was 549.44 bln usd, up 28.8 pct, while imports increased 22.1 pct to 427.73 bln usd.
Exports of hi-tech products rose 29 pct year-on-year to 281.49 bln usd.
Garment exports rose 28.9 pct to 95.19 bln usd.
Automobile imports jumped 40.7 pct to 229,000 units.
China also imported 295 aircraft during the year, up 38.5 pct.
The country posted a trade surplus of 21 bln usd in December, and the surplus for the year was 177.47 bln usd. Exports in December rose 24.8 pct to 94.1 bln usd while imports rose 13.5 pct to 73.1 bln usd.
Total exports for 2006 rose 27.2 pct to 969.08 bln usd, while imports grew 20 pct to 791.61 bln usd.
(1 usd = 7.80 yuan)
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