JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The export of Israeli goods to China surged 62.7 percent in the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2017, according to Foreign Trade in Goods report published Sunday by the state's Bureau of Statistics.
During this period (January-August 2018), Israeli exports to China totaled 3.489 billion U.S. dollars, compared to 2.144 billion U.S. dollars in the first eight months of 2017 and 3.31 billion U.S. dollars in all of 2017.
The data also show that in August 2018 Israeli exports to China totaled 291 million U.S. dollars, compared with 265 million U.S. dollars in August 2017, an increase of 9.8 percent.
Israeli imports from China rose by 9.9 percent in January-August, totaling 4.893 billion U.S. dollars, compared with 4.45 billion U.S. dollars in the same period in 2017.
In August 2018 Israeli imports from China totaled 711.9 million U.S. dollars, compared with 640.8 million U.S. dollars in 2017, an increase of 11.1 percent.
Exports of Israeli goods worldwide, excluding diamonds, totaled 3.91 billion U.S. dollars in August. 37 percent of the amount was to EU countries, 24 percent to the United States and 19 percent to Asian countries.
Israeli imports totaled 6.8 billion U.S. dollars in August. 41 percent of total imports came from EU countries, 16 percent from the U.S. and 23 percent from Asia.
The Israeli deficit in trade of goods amounted to 2.89 billion U.S. dollars at that month.
In June-August there was an increase of 7.3 percent in Israeli imports, on an annual calculation, and an increase of 3.6 percent in exports.