The trade picture in the world's second-largest economy staged a turnaround in March, with exports rising at the fastest clip since February 2015, official data revealed on Wednesday.
Dollar-denominated exports rose 11.5 percent on-year, recovering from a 25.4 percent slump hit in February that marked a seven-year trough. Imports meanwhile fell an annual 7.6 percent, unchanged from February, Reuters reported.
That left Beijing with a surplus of $29.86 billion for the month, compared with February's $32.59 billion surplus.
A Reuters poll of economists had expected a 2.5 percent annual rise for exports and a 10.2 percent decline for imports, predicting a trade surplus of $30.85 billion.
March's strong export performance is partly due to a low comparison base last year and Beijing's supportive policies, a customs spokesman told Reuters.