Overview This page contains the latest international trade data for Guangdong Province. In September 2022 Guangdong Province was the number 1 in total exports and the number 1 in total imports in China.

Exports In 2021, China's Guangdong Province exported $759B, making it the 1st largest exporter out of the 31 exporters in China. In 2021 the top exports of Guangdong Province were Telephones for cellular networks or for... ($36.4B), Telephone sets and other apparatus for... ($23.9B), Communication apparatus (excluding telephone sets or... ($23.7B), Other toys (wheeled, model scale, puzzles) ($18B), and Commodities not specified according to kind ($16.3B).

Imports In 2021, China's Guangdong Province imported $498B, making it the 1st largest importer out of the 31 importers in China. In 2021 top imports of Guangdong Province were Electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers,... ($68.5B), Electronic integrated circuits: n.e.c. in heading... ($48B), Electronic integrated circuits: memories ($46.2B), Telephone sets and other apparatus for... ($24.8B), and Gold in unwrought forms non-monetary ($13.5B).

Economic Complexity In 2020, the highest complexity exports of Guangdong Province according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Motor-working Tools (1.37), Children's Picture Books (0.99), Telephones (0.88), Light Fixtures (0.66), and Sound Recording Equipment (0.42). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

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Top Destination (2021): Hong Kong, $162B

Top Product (2021): Telephones for cellular networks or for..., $36.4B

In 2021 the top export destinations of Guangdong Province were Hong Kong ($162B), United States ($133B), Japan ($28.1B), Germany ($23B), and Vietnam ($22.9B).

In 2021 the top exports of Guangdong Province were Telephones for cellular networks or for... ($36.4B), Telephone sets and other apparatus for... ($23.9B), Communication apparatus (excluding telephone sets or... ($23.7B), Other toys (wheeled, model scale, puzzles) ($18B), and Commodities not specified according to kind ($16.3B).

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Exports Dynamics

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Fastest Growing Exports Destination (Sep 2021 - Sep 2022)

Rapidly Declining Export Origins (Sep 2021 - Sep 2022)

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Top Origin (2021): China, $94.4B

Top Import (2021): Electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers,..., $68.5B

In 2021 the top import origins of Guangdong Province were China ($94.4B), Taiwan ($86.7B), South Korea ($52.2B), Japan ($43.3B), and Malaysia ($28.3B).

In 2021 the top imports of Guangdong Province were Electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers,... ($68.5B), Electronic integrated circuits: n.e.c. in heading... ($48B), Electronic integrated circuits: memories ($46.2B), Telephone sets and other apparatus for... ($24.8B), and Gold in unwrought forms non-monetary ($13.5B).

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Imports Dynamics

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Fastest Growing Import Origins (Sep 2021 - Sep 2022)

Rapidly Declining Import Origins (Sep 2021 - Sep 2022)

Economic Complexity

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Economic Complexity of Guangdong Province

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Economic Complexity (2021): 0.19

Guangdong Province ranks 9th out of the 31 provinces in China according to ECI.

The Economic Complexity Index, or ECI, is a measure of an economy’s capacity which can be inferred from data connecting locations to the activities that are present in them. For more info about Economic Complexity, visit the Economic Complexity page.

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Export Opportunities by Relatedness

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The top export opportunities according to the relatedness level, without considering those products were Guangdong Province already has a comparative advantage, are led by Sewing Machines (0.36), Broadcasting Equipment (0.35), Other Edible Animal Products (0.34), Knitting Machines (0.34), and Hats (0.34).

Most Complex Products by PCI

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The highest complexity exports of Guangdong Province according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Motor-working Tools (1.37), Children's Picture Books (0.99), Telephones (0.88), Light Fixtures (0.66), and Sound Recording Equipment (0.42). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

Most Specialized Products by RCA Index

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The most specialized products according to the RCA index are led by Railway Cargo Containers (26.7), Telephones (16.0), Sound Recording Equipment (15.0), Manganese (12.4), and Artificial Vegetation (11.3).

The product space is a network connecting products that are likely to be co-exported. The product space can be used to predict future exports, since Guangdong Province is more likely to start exporting products that are related to current exports. Relatedness measures the distance between a product, and all of the products it is currently specialized in.

Relatedness Space

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This network shows the products most related to the production structure of  Guangdong Province. These are products that tend to be co-exported with the products that Guangdong Province exports. Higher relatedness values ​​indicate greater knowledge, which predicts a greater probability of exporting that product in the future.

Diversification Frontier

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The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk and the strategic value of a territory's potential export oppotunities. Relatedness is a predictive of the probability that a country increases its exports in a product. Complexity, is associated with higher levels of income, economic growth, less income inequality, and lower emissions. Bubble size corresponds to exports value by year 2020.