[Ferro-Alloys.com]Hebei province in North China posted steady foreign trade growth in the first seven months of 2023, according to local customs.
Hebei's total imports and exports grew 4 percent year-on-year to 320 billion yuan ($43.9 billion) in the period, said Shijiazhuang Customs.
In breakdown, exports hit 195.94 billion yuan, marking a 5.5-percent increase from the same period last year, while imports edged up 1.7 percent to 124.08 billion yuan.
The province's trade with its major trading partners -- Australia and the United States -- came in at 44.49 billion yuan and 34.13 billion yuan, respectively.
From January to July, the province's trade with countries along the Belt and Road rose 9.8 percent year-on-year to 116.23 billion yuan.
Its exports of mechanical, electrical, labor-intensive and agricultural products maintained growth. The province also increased its imports of iron ore, coal and soybeans. Xinhua
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