The country's foreign trade in March rose 7.1 percent year-on-year to reach $325.97 billion,with a trade surplus of $5.35 billion.
Exports amounted to $165.66 billion in March, up 8.9 percent year-on-year, while importsreached $160.31 billion, the GAC data showed.
However, China's trade with Russia, which joined the World Trade Organization this year,showed a rapid growth of 33 percent year-on-year to hit $21.49 billion.
Meanwhile, China's trade with Brazil, a major exporter of iron ore and other raw materials,gained 11.5 percent from the previous year to hit $18 billion in the first quarter.
The government last month set a target for 7.5 percent economic growth this year. China's economy grew 9.2 percent last year and 10.4 percent in 2010.