Chinese wine consumers

Chinese wine consumers

China's wine imports in the first four months of the year declined again from the pandemic-hit level. However April data gives hope for optimism.

China’s wine imports in the first four months of the year failed to grow and dipped further in both volume and value even on a low base of comparison from last year, signaling the country’s wine market recovery will be a daunting task until consumer spending fully bounces back.

Official wine imports data from Chinese customs compiled by showed that China’s wine imports dropped 7.2% in volume to 141.4 million liters from January to April, while its value declined by 3.3% to US$563.7 million, compared with the same period last year.

China wine imports (pic: iStock)
Wine imports in China are dropping (pic: istock image)

The underwhelming data dampens market hope for a fast recovery even though the country’s economy and retail sales have rebounded and are powering ahead.

The figures will likely disappoint producers and merchants especially when the drops in both volume and value are based on pandemic-hit levels from a year earlier, which already are a low base of comparison.

As we have previously reported, wine sector remains the weak link in the country’s drinks industry, as other categories such as Baijiu and beer have rebounded.

However, there are signs to be optimistic. In the month of April, data shows wine imports registered double-digit growth in both volume and value.

The country imported 33.3 million liters of wine worth about US$126.9 million in April, up by 23.1% in volume and 27.8% in value, respectively.

It’s likely that May imports will be going up, as Golden Week spurred demand and spending will drive up wine sales.

1 thought on “China’s wine imports slide in January-April period

  1. Good afternoon Natalie and hello from Liverpool! is it possible to split the data imports to show the volumes of wine as being shipped to China in bulk and as bottled wines?

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