Beijing’s medical supply exports soar in 2020

BEIJING (XINHUA) – Beijing saw its exports of medical supplies rise dramatically in 2020, customs data showed yesterday.

Beijing’s textile and clothing exports, the majority of which were surgical masks and hazmat suits, last year soared by 202.7 per cent from 2019 to CNY35.21 billion (about USD5.4 billion). Exports of medical instruments and devices totalled CNY11.34 billion in 2020, up 138.5 per cent year on year, and exports of pharmaceutical materials and drugs registered a 64.3 per cent rise to CNY6.77 billion, according to
Beijing Customs.

Beijing’s foreign trade was hit hard by the novel coronavirus in the first half of 2020, but gradually returned to normal as the epidemic waned and production resumed.

In the second half of 2020, Beijing’s foreign trade hit CNY1.19 trillion, up 5.7 per cent from the first six months. Foreign trade in Beijing dropped 19.1 per cent to CNY2.32 trillion for the whole year.

In addition to medical supplies, Beijing exported CNY65.6 billion worth of mobile phones in 2020, up 50 per cent year-on-year and accounting for approximately 14.1 per cent of the city’s total exports.

Imports of automobiles last year increased in Beijing, growing eight per cent from the previous year. Imports of iron ore and iron ore concentrates also rose, climbing 11 per cent from 2019.