In 2006, it exported a total of 46,506 cranes, and imported a total of 26,936, a trade surplus of 19,570. In 2005, the country exported 17,117 and imported 30,966, a trade deficit of 13,849.

In 2006, there were 14,081 new truck cranes sold, beating 2004’s record year of 13,521. Following the government’s clampdown on growth in 2005, sales dropped to 11,330, according to Ms. Jiang Lin from the CCMA.

Cranes sales from the first two months of 2007, the most recent data available, exceed the 2007 levels, she said.

Chinese crane trade balance