UAE-China Non-Oil Trade Up 78.5%


Non-Oil UAE-China Imports & Exports Also Up To US$32 Billion in 2022 YTD

The trade diversification policies outlined by the Emirates several years ago have been paying off, as non-oil trade between the UAE and China increased by 78.5% in the nine years from 2012 to 2021, reaching AED223.5 billion (US$60.85 billion) for 2021.

According to figures from the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC), during the 2012-2021 period, the total value of non-oil trade exceeded AED1.72 trillion (US$468.28 billion).

The FCSC’s figures also showed that the non-oil trade exchange between the UAE and China in the first half of 2022 reached AED118.4 billion (US$32 billion), consisting of imports valued at AED102.7 billion, non-oil exports valued at AED5.5 billion, and re-exports valued at AED9.8 billion.

Telecommunications devices have topped the list of goods imported from China over the past year, amounting to AED70 billion, followed by data processing equipment at AED23.6 billion, medical vaccines at AED4.1 billion, display screens at AED2.5 billion, and headphones and amplifiers at AED2.5 billion.

In the list of top five goods exported to China, ethylene polymers came in the first place with AED4 billion, followed by propylene polymers with AED1.9 billion, rapeseed oil with AED1.4 billion, copper scraps with AED600 million, and residues of fatty oil extraction with AED570 million.

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