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China’s Top 10 Wine Import Sources in July 2021

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China bought US$160 million worth of imported wines in the month of July, coming mostly from its top 10 sources.

Data from China’s Customs showed that the July import is 4% lesser compared to the value of wine imports bought in the same month in 2020.

This can be attributed to the drastic decline in importations of Australian wines which used to be the country’s most preferred wine import. In the month, it fell to just US$1.7 million from US$86.2 million previously.

In July, most of the imports came from France, which jumped twice to US$74.2 million.

China also saw its importation of wines from its second and third biggest partners, Chile and Italy, doubled to US$32 million and US$18.2 million, respectively, over last year’s level.

More South African wines entered China in July, climbing to US$3.5 million from just around US$600,000 last year. There was also a notable rise in American wine imports, up by 225% to US$4.2 million. 

By category, China imported 88% more sparkling wines in the month to a value of US$11 million. Its importation of bottled wines of over 2 liters rose by 77% to US$14.5 million, while imported bottled wines of less than 2 liters fell by 11% to US$134 million. 

In the seven months ended July, China imported US$979 million worth of wines, 2% lower in value recorded in the same period last year.

China’s Top Wine Import Sources in July 2021 vs 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France US$74,208,212 US$35,300,482 +110%
2 Chile US$31,954,401 US$15,239,053 +110%
3 Italy US$18,207,901 US$8,628,376 +111%
4 Spain US$11,248,425 US$6,681,510 +68%
5 US US$4,227,891 US$1,299,527 +225%
6 South Africa US$3,509,907 US$614,864 +471%
7 Argentina US$3,879,313 US$2,557,460 +52%
8 Germany US$3,213,777 US$1,659,359 +94%
9 Portugal US$1,891,777 US$1,156,569 +64%
10 Australia S$1,687,634 US$86,244,650 -98%
Total US$159,995,009 US$165,853,480 -4%
Source: China Customs

Bottled Wine Categories in July 2021 vs 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling US$11,077,699 US$5,882,259 +88%
Less than 2L US$134,448,125 US$151,815,856 -11%
More than 2L US$14,468,789 US$8,154,248 +77%
Source: China Customs

China’s Top Wine Import Sources YTD 2021 vs 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France US$417,528,956 US$253,962,650 +64%
2 Chile US$190,990,323 US$124,267,940 +54%
3 Italy US$102,181,605 US$64,676,510 +58%
4 Spain US$83,213,313 US$56,636,277 +47%
5 Australia US$51,261,873 US$403,799,774 -87%
6 US US$24,173,172 US$12,190,474 +98%
7 Argentina US$20,549,382 US$16,290,569 +26%
8 South Africa US$18,254,021 US$8,164,006 +124%
9 Germany US$15,465,226 US$9,680,603 +60%
10 New Zealand US$12,018,008 US$10,030,652 +20%
Total US$978,539,983 US$997,472,660 -2%
Source: China Customs

Bottled Wine Categories YTD 2021 vs 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling US$61,903,647 US$34,131,069 +81%
Less than 2L US$843,609,288 US$904,605,839 -7%
More than 2L US$73,022,376 US$58,724,358 +24%
Source: China Customs

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