According to official data published on Forum Macau’s website, based on statistics from the Chinese Customs Service, trade between Lisbon and Beijing amounted to $4.494 billion (€4.060 billion) until August, when in the same period last year, it was $3.943 billion (€3.560 billion).
Imports of Chinese products increased by 20.07 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
Portugal imported from China goods worth approximately $2.930 billion (€2.641 billion), with a negative trade balance with the Asian country of about $1.366 billion (€1.231 million).
Data from the Chinese Customs Service indicate that trade between China and Portuguese-language countries stood at $96.984 billion (87.432 billion) over the first eight months of the year, a growth of 2.31 percent.
Brazil continues to be China’s main partner in the Portuguese-language bloc, with trade of $73.012 billion (€65.821 billion).
Angola ranks second in the Portuguese-language world with trade with China worth $17.671 billion (€15.930 billion), with Luanda sending products worth $16.396 billion (€14.781 billion, less 1.79 percent) to Beijing and making purchases of $1.274 billion (€1.148 billion, less 10.81 percent).
Trade up to August between China and Mozambique was $1.652 billion (€1.489 billion), down 4.53 percent compared to the first eight months of 2018.
China established the Macau Special Administrative Region as a platform for economic and trade cooperation with Portuguese-language countries in 2003, the year in which it created Forum Macau.
In 2018, Portugal exported to China products worth $2.24 billion (€1.99 billion), up 5.59 percent on the same period in 2017, and trade between Lisbon and Beijing amounted to $6 billion (€5.3 billion) last year, which corresponds to an increase of around $408 million (€364 million) compared to 2017.
Last year, trade between China and Portuguese-language countries stood at $147.35 billion (€131.5 billion) over the first three months of the year, with a growth of 25.31 percent.