Aerial photo shows a ro-ro ship waiting to load China-made cars for export at a berth of Port of Lianyungang in Lianyungang city, East China”s Jiangsu province, Sept 7, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China’s foreign trade sustained its upward momentum in October with notable growth and improved structure, official data showed Saturday.

The country’s foreign trade expanded 4.6 percent year on year in October, with exports jumping 7.6 percent year on year and imports climbing 0.9 percent in yuan terms, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said in a statement.

In the first 10 months, China’s foreign trade of goods totaled 25.95 trillion yuan (3.91 trillion U.S. dollars), up 1.1 percent year on year, accelerating from an increase of 0.7-percent in the first three quarters.

General trade, involving longer production chains and better reflecting the country’s manufacturing strength, edged up 2.8 percent during the 10-month period, taking a larger share of the total trade of goods.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations remained China’s largest trading partner during the period, followed by the European Union and the United States.

A visitor takes photos at the Trade in Services exhibition area during the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, East China, Nov 5, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Private companies played a significant role in propelling trade growth, with their foreign trade expanding by 10.5 percent in the first 10 months to account for 46.2 percent of the country’s total, GAC data showed.

Mechanical and electrical products took the lion’s share of the country’s exports, with their export value reaching 8.45 trillion yuan in the first 10 months, up 3.8 percent year on year.

Textile exports including masks jumped 34.8 percent year on year during the period, while auto exports slipped 6.7 percent.

China’s foreign trade has emerged from the woes of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months thanks to government policies to stabilize the sector.

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Commodities from South Korea are transported to a warehouse under full-time tracking at a cross-border e-commerce supervision center in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, June 3, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

To mitigate the impact of the pandemic on foreign trade firms, the country has introduced streamlined procedures at customs and incentives for cross-border e-commerce and other innovative trade forms.

In its latest effort to open its market and boost trade, the country unveiled measures ranging from shortening the catalog of technologies prohibited or restricted from import to strengthening intellectual property protection at the ongoing China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

The country also vowed to set up 10 demonstration zones to promote imports, with innovative regulatory systems and flexible trade models to be piloted at these zones.

As China implements a new development pattern of “dual circulation,” where the domestic and foreign markets can boost each other, with the domestic market as the mainstay, China will see the scale of foreign trade continue to expand, according to Han Wenxiu, an official of the Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs.

Via China Daily