What will be the value, in dollars, of U.S. exports of semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China in 2022?

Started Apr 20, 2021 12:20PM UTC
Closed Jan 01, 2023 04:59AM UTC

Related questions. This question is part of a cluster that includes U.S. exports of semiconductor chips to China, Chinese imports of semiconductor chips, and Chinese imports of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. A version of this question was previously issued for the first half of 2021 but was voided due to a data error. 

Context. The semiconductor manufacturing process has many components manufactured through complicated, highly globalized supply chains. China's ability to produce advanced semiconductor chips is particularly dependent on U.S., Japanese, and Dutch imports of advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment (SME) -- i.e., the tools used by chip factories to make chips. Although China is building up its chip manufacturing capacity using imported SME, it is still reliant on imports for most of the semiconductor chips it consumes. China is especially reliant on the United States, Taiwan, and South Korea for imports of the most advanced semiconductor chips. Therefore, export controls on chips could reduce China's access to them. If China cannot import SME, it will remain dependent on imports for chips. This question focuses on SME. The United States is considering a number of actions that would reduce the export of SME to China. 

Data and resolution details. This question resolves based on United Nations Comtrade data. We classified exports as SME if they have any of the following Harmonized System (HS) codes 8486, 903082, 903141, 854311, 901041. 

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Question clarification
Issued on 06/15/21 01:14pm
Only select "Exports" in the "Trade Flows" dropdown menu. "Exports" includes re-exports, so selecting both "Export" and "Re-export"would count re-exports twice. See https://comtrade.un.org/db/mr/rfGlossaryList.aspx?bw=R#:~:text=Re%2Dexports%20are%20exports%20of,included%20in%20the%20country%20exports.
Resolution Notes

The U.S. exported $5,865,810,011 of semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China in 2022, according to UN Comtrade (i.e., the sum of exports for Harmonized System (HS) codes 8486, 903082, 903141, 854311, 901041).

Possible Answer Correct? Final Crowd Forecast
Less than $5 billion 2%
More than $5 billion but less than or equal to $6 billion 30%
Between $6 billion and $7 billion, inclusive 51%
Between $7 billion and $8 billion, inclusive 13%
More than $8 billion 4%

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