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Economic Diplomacy

Trade relations between Italy and China are based on an annual trade that reached 73.9 billion euros in 2022, with Italian exports to China reaching the record value of 16.4 billion euros and imports equal to 57.5 billion euros.

In the first eight months of 2023, trade amounted to approximately 45.7 billion euros, recording a slight decline (-7.9% compared to the same period of 2022) linked to the reduction in Chinese exports to Italy (-18%). Italian exports to China reached the value of 13.6 billion euros (+30% compared to the same period in 2022), confirming China as one of the main destination countries for our exports, among the top ten destinations at global level. China is the first market in Asia for Italian exports and the second among non-European countries, after the United States.

Italian exports to China mainly consist of machinery, textiles and clothing, chemical substances and products, means of transport, pharmaceutical products.

In 2022, Italian investments in China reached a stock of 15.5 billion euros.

The Italy-China Intergovernmental Committee – main instrument of the bilateral Strategic Partnership – is the steering committee of the bilateral dialogue. In addition to this, within the framework of the Joint Economic and Commercial Committee, representatives of the two countries discuss issues such as market access, IPR protection and the strengthening of trade and mutual investments.

The two countries have also created the Italy-China Business Forum (opened in Beijing by the two Prime Ministers in June 2014, renewed in 2016). Italian and Chinese entrepreneurs have therefore a permanent dedicated forum working in parallel with the intergovernmental dialogue, facilitating the exchange of information and know-how, industrial and  investment proposals.

The Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy in Beijing coordinates economic promotion activities in China, assisting the Italian enterprises interested or already operating in China.

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Doing Business in Italy, the website to obtain all the information on the Italian and European companies.

The  website provides access via web to the content of the Register of Companies, the public registry that provides a comprehensive system of legal advertising of Italian and European companies. The portal, managed by the Chamber system Infocamere, also collects the substantial and updated information endowment of the Register of Compleaints, of the database Patent and Trademark and of the Registrar of Companies of the other EU countries. Through the website the user can also send and deposit practices and acts relevant to the life of Italian companies.

Basic information are available free of charge, while access to detailed information is subject to an annual paid subscription. Since October 2014, the data in the registry and reported in the portal have been translated into English.