China Export Products or "Made In China" labeled goods are everywhere in the Western
World from jeans to television sets. Historically, China's exports to other nations
were mainly petroleum, textiles, and clothing. More recently, the export portfolio
has increased to leather travel goods, toys and games, electronics and machinery
and footwear. China's re-exports (to export goods that were previously imported from
another country, especially after reprocessing them) make up the bulk of the China
Export Products today.
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Apparel manufacturing plants are everywhere in China employing millions and millions
of workers. China is one of the top exporting countries for Apparel & Textiles and
Garments & Textiles. The materials for clothing and accessories such as blouses and
pants are often imported from Hong Kong or Taiwan and assembled in China due to low
cost labor. These goods are then re-exported to western countries in Europe or
to the United States. Top items to look for are Scarves, Gloves, Coats and Jeans.
China is responsible for 90% of the world's silk supply. In addition, it also exports
knitted cotton, cotton fabric, wool yarn, linen and fur. Export oriented manufacturing
plants are increasing their capacity to take the textiles all the way to finished
Manufacturing footwear is a labor intensive process. With almost 1.4
billion inhabitants, China has just the labor power house to keep turning out millions
and millions of shoes. The top list of shoe exports are: athletics shoes, leather
and canvas shoes, leather sandals.
Machinery and Electronic Parts
The export of machinery and electronic parts to original equipment manufacturers
has steadily increased over the years. Parts ranged from bearings, parts, chains,
and motors. The top machinery export parts are related to the bicycle and the sewing
China has progress from exporting mechanical watches and clocks to more modern day
quartz, and LCD watches. They also export watch parts including bands, and metal
Electronics and Electronic Components.
China exports capacitors, transistors, transformers and other electronic parts. They
also export consumer related goods such as televisions, radios, electronic games,
Metals and Minerals
The world's largest supply of titanium, phosphate,
tungsten and molybdenum are in China. Some of the rare metals: vanadium, gallium,
germanium for the aerospace, and electronic industries are also exported. Metal products,
hardware supplies and building materials (screws, nuts and bolts, hinges, pipes,
lights bulbs), are increasing in demand globally.
China with its vast labor force
is the assembly plant for much of Hong Kong's toy exports which are dominated by
stuffed toys and animals. They are also starting to export the electronic games.
Rubber and plastics are raw materials used on China to manufacture finished
goods for exporting. Goods such as tires, rubber shoe bottoms, hoses, and belts
Arts and Crafts
The country's abundant labor force helped to drive the
Arts and Crafts export sector. You will see items ranged from flowers, baskets,
rugs, to Christmas decorations.
Agricultural and Animal By-Products
China controls the world's largest Agricultural industry. Although much of the agricultural
products are consumed within the country, much of the By-Products such as brushes,
leather gloves, leather suitcases, are exported.
China Export Products - Areas of opportunity by importing from China: