With China's National Grain and Oil Information Centre estimating total marketing year imports at 92.8 million mt and the Chinese ministry of agriculture at 96 million mt, August and September imports will be between 16-19 million mt.
China's state media has stepped up its criticism of the USA in recent days.
Shipping analyst MSI says the liner industry is awaiting the impact of the potential trade war between the US and China.
It showed the country's exports rose more than expected, and import growth accelerated to its fastest since January.
Analysts still expect a less favourable overall trade balance for China in coming months given it's early days in the tariff brawl. -China trade war. That first $34 billion came with a plan to implement a second tranche of tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese goods at an unspecified later date, to reach a total of $50 billion.
China has been retaliating in kind.
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In a statement, the USTR said: "The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the US response to China's unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property". There was no immediate response from Beijing.
Chinese exporters appear to be trying to ship their goods to the United States before tariffs that Trump is imposing in a fight over technology policy take full effect. Beijing says it is ready to retaliate against $60 billion of American imports. "This is in line with other reports that the trade war has had an impact on the Chinese economy across many sectors". He pointed to the fall in Chinse stock markets, down by more than 25 percent so far this year, and the fall in its currency, the yuan. The decline reflects import bans and higher quality requirements introduced by China. As Beijing has matched Washington's tariffs, $100 billion worth of trade between the U.S. and China will now be subject to the tariff hike. And since 2007, domestic wholesale and retail proceeds have been higher than export earnings, with the gap widening at a slow but steady pace over the past decade.
China's crude oil imports recovered slightly in July after falling for the previous two months, but were still among the lowest this year due to a drop-off in demand from the country's smaller independent, or "teapot", refineries. In the meantime, its trade gap with the 28-nation European Union contracted 8 per cent to $11.2 billion.
Of more direct effect in the Sino-U.S. trade war, China's surplus with the United States shrank only marginally to $28.09 billion last month from a record $28.97 billion in June. The US published its final list of goods subject to the tariffs on Tuesday.
Beijing has stepped up efforts, so far without success, to recruit governments including Germany and France as allies.
After complaints by Chinese leaders, Trump agreed to reverse a US enforcement action that would have caused ZTE, a prominent state-owned telecom company, to go out of business.