Beijing – China exported 6.4m refrigerators and freezers in March 2021, up 40% from a year ago. This compares to 4.9m unit exports in pre-pandemic March 2019.
The value of these exports rose by 62% year on year to $894m, according to China’s General Administration of Customs.
In the first three months of 2021, China exported 17m units. This is a 57% increase from Q1 2020, and 40% up from the same period in 2019.
Over the period, the value of exports increased by 83% from the first quarter of 2021 to $2.4bn. The value of exports in the first three months of 2020 was more than double the same period in 2020.
Excluding freezers, in March 2021 China produced 9.5m refrigerators, up 29% from a year ago, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Over the first three months of 2020, production jumped by 55% to 22m units.
Freezer production in March was 3.6m units, up 51% on the same month last year. Taking the first quarter of 2020, China produced 8.5m units. This is a 90% year on year rise from the first quarter of 2019.