China’s trade with BRICS members reached 1.49 trillion yuan ($209.7 billion) in the first quarter, up 11.3 percent year on year, according to customs authorities.

The commercial value represented 14.7% of the country’s total foreign trade value in the same period, said the General Administration of Customs (AGA).

Among BRICS members, China’s exports and imports to Brazil increased by 25.7% and 30.1% year-on-year, respectively, in the first quarter.

Trade between China and Russia continued to expand during the period, characterized by growth in traded products such as energy, automobiles, as well as general machinery and equipment, according to the AGA. Trade between China and India grew 8.5% in the first quarter, marking expansion for five consecutive quarters.

At the same time, as China’s largest trading partner in Africa for 14 consecutive years, South Africa has seen robust growth in its trade with China. During the first quarter, China’s exports to South Africa totaled 35.11 billion yuan, while its imports from the African country stood at 66.46 billion yuan, the AGA said.


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