What is Africa exporting to China? A reader asked me: why are 26% of African exports to China reported as "unspecified"? This HS 98 "Special Classification Provisions, Not elsewhere specified" category has grown hugely over the past few years. I've pasted the trade data below (all in millions). In 2007, this category was about 1% of total imports. By 2013, it's up to 25%. What is in this category? Readers' insights welcome.
|CHINESE IMPORTS FROM AFRICA
|Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.;||25,997||39,489||27,828||41,475||49,073||56,084||54,013|
|Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi||578||1,551||902||3,401||15,926||28,941||30,275|
|Ores, Slag And Ash||3,298||7,254||6,049||8,864||12,620||11,320||13,810|