Growth of China's imports and exports is expected to see double-digit gains this year, thanks to rising demand as a result of improvement in the domestic and global economies, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said.
The country's foreign trade volume jumped by 16.6% year-on-year to 20.29 trillion yuan in the first three quarters of this year, according to customs data released last month.
GAC spokesman Huang Songping said unstable and uncertain elements may affect the country's foreign trade development, but new growth drivers are taking the place of old ones and steady progress is being made in the structural adjustment, thus supporting stable growth of foreign trade.
"The situation will remain positive if the current conditions remain unchanged by the end of this year," Huang said.
The latest trade figures and Huang's positive forecast of the country's trade growth prospects this year have helped ease concerns that it is struggling to maintain stable trade growth this year.
Exports grew by 12.4% year-on-year to 11.16 trillion yuan in the January-September period, while imports surged by 22.3% year-on-year to 9.13 trillion yuan.
Trade surplus shrank by 17.7 percent from the same period a year earlier to 2.03 trillion yuan.