Southwest China’s Yunnan Province’s trade with countries along the Belt & Road grew by 11.1 percent year on year to 75.6 billion yuan (10.99 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of this year.

The customs of Kunming, capital of Yunnan, said the trade volume with B&R countries accounted for 72 percent of the province’s total import and export trade volume.

The province’s export volume to B&R countries reached nearly 27.6 billion yuan, up 14.7 percent year on year, and the import volume grew to 48 billion yuan, with an increase of 9.1 percent over the same period last year.

Statistics showed the province’s trade volume with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states totalled 53.3 billion yuan, up 15.2 percent year on year.

Yunnan’s trade volume with Latin America also saw growth during the period to 9.27 billion yuan.

Yunnan’s foreign trade totalled 104.94 billion yuan from January to June, an increase of 12.6 percent over the same period last year.