China Market Overview


1.4 Billion people

GDP (2020)

USD 17.73 trillion

Per Capita GDP

USD 12,556.3

GDP Growth


Source: World Bank 2020

China Imports 

The following information is a snapshot in time to give you a general overview of China’s top importing products. This information is sourced from China’s FAO Globefish market profile (2019). Some of this information may change from time to time. Therefore, we encourage you to go directly to FAO GLobefish for the most up-to-date information.

Imports – Top 10 Products (Value)


Shrimps, prawns

(HS 0306.17)

USD 3 107 149 730


Flours, meals, pellets. Unfit for human consumption

(HS 2301.20)

USD 1 961 204 770


Rock lobster, other sea crawfish

live, fresh or chilled
(HS 0306.31)

USD 901 063 540


Fish, other than species in 0303

frozen; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0303.89)

USD 822 673 180



live, fresh or chilled
(HS 0306.33)

USD 803 638 170


Alaska Pollack

frozen; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0303.67 )

USD 689 230 620


Squid, cuttlefish

(HS 0307.43)

USD 662 856 840



frozen; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0303.63 )

USD 495 823 320



live, fresh or chilled
(HS 00306.32 )

USD 452 726 250



frozen fillets
(HS 0304.62)

USD 347 053 780

Source: FAO GLobefish Market Profile for China — 2020

Globefish provides information and analysis for global trade in fish and fish products. Search for information about the size of the market, the top imported products and formats, and other important market information. The information above is a snapshot from 2020 — check the link for more recent information.

FRDC Trade Database
Australian Seafood Exports to China

This database provides a wealth of seafood exporting and importing information with the ability to look at seafood production and trade data.

The database allows you to filter the data by year, export market destination and species. You also have the option to look at the data by seafood trade value or volume.

The FRDC database sources information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Find seafood production and trade data for your products and markets

Seafood Specific Information

Micor (China)

Micor (Fish) sets out the known importing country requirements, which differ from or are additional to Australian export conditions and which must be met to gain market access.

China Approved Species list

To see whether your species is approved for import from Australia.

Seafood Export Program Report

The latest summary report from the Australian Government on registrations, export shipments and markets, exports by product, and exports to China.

General Information About Exporting to China

China Starter Pack

Is a comprehensive resource, offering valuable information on the different market opportunities for Australian businesses, essential tips, case studies, key risks and challenges.

Austrade Export Market Profile

To view a market profile that outlines information on doing business with China, news and insights, events and information about visiting China.

Free Trade Agreement

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 20 December 2015.

Relevant China Based Authorities

Open the following links in Google Chrome for english translation. Select “English” on the pop-up when you enter the website. Please note that this is a non-official translation.

General Administration of Customs People’s Republic of China

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China

China Import Food Enterprises and Registration Systems

Ministry of Commerce

Import/Export Food Safety Bureau

Export Market Reports

Are you looking to diversify your seafood export markets, but not sure if a market is right for you and your business? SIA has developed a series of FREE market summaries and supply chain guides to help producers gain valuable insights into new markets and make informed business decisions.

China Supply Chain Guide

Salmon Market Summary

Tuna Market Summary