Trade volume between China and countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative routes totalled 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars last year, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

This marked a year-on-year growth of 16.3 percent, 3.7 percentage points higher than China’s trade growth in 2018.

China exported goods worth 704.73 billion dollars to B&R countries, up 10.9 percent year on year, while importing goods worth 563.07 billion dollars from them, a rise of 23.9 percent year on year.