China’s Exports Outpaced Imports During
WTO Year One
By Fred Gale and James Hansen
Outlook Report No. (FAU7902) , August 2003
China became a larger net exporter of agricultural products during calendar
year 2002, its first year as a member of the World Trade Organization. Exports
of vegetables, fruit, and corn rose by a combined $1 billion. Imports of
soybeans were interrupted by uncertainty over China’s biotechnology regulations.
Grain imports were minimal, due to high world prices. China is emerging
as a significant importer of consumer-oriented food products.
Keywords: International trade, agriculture, policy, China, imports,
exports, WTO, statistics, soybeans, vegetables, corn, cotton, tariff rate
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