Foreign trade export grew rapidly. The total volume of foreign trade of the year was 11.257 billion yuan, an increase of 1.9 percent year-on-year. Among them, the amount of import was 4.778 billion yuan, down 14.8 percent; amount of export was 6.48 billion yuan, up 19.1 percent. Among main export commodities, the export of agricultural products was 3.773 billion yuan, up 30.2 percent; steel exports reached 305 million yuan, up 26.7 percent; textile and garment exports totaled 468 million yuan, down 5.1 percent; mechanical and electrical products exports amounted to 946 million yuan, down 1.7 percent.
The contingent of foreign trade enterprises has steadily expended. There were 304 enterprises with actual import and export performance in the city by the end of the year, and 15 enterprises were newly added. Among them, there are 14 enterprises with import-export volume exceeding 100 million yuan and 3 enterprises with import-export volume surpassing 1 billion yuan respectively. The market diversification strategy pace has quickened, and the city's import and export market spreads across 151 countries and regions, with seven newly increased ones.
Foreign investment in actual use grew up rapidly. 6 new foreign-funded projects were approved over the course of the year, and the number of foreign-invested enterprises reached 74 by the end of the year, an increase of 28 over the previous year. The annual contracted foreign investment reached 1.33 billion yuan, a decrease of 21.4 percent over the previous year; the actually utilized foreign investment was 1.033 billion yuan, an increase of 25.19 percent over last year.
International economic cooperation continued to deepen. During the year, the actual overseas investment reached 21.455 million yuan, an increase of 55.9 percent over the previous year; and the number of labor service output was 2431, an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year.