Chinese exporting reversed its decline and rose 5.6 percent year on year in October to 1.14 trillion yuan (185.4 billion U.S. dollars), customs data showed on Friday.
The country's exports fell 0.3 percent in September from a year earlier, ending two consecutive months of rises, according to the General Administration of Customs.
Imports rose 7.6 percent last month from a year ago, accelerating from September's 7.4-percent rise, the figures showed.
This left the country with a trade surplus of 192.38 billion yuan in October, down 3.3 percent year on year.
In the first 10 months of 2013, exports and imports gained 7.6 percent from a year earlier, with the trade surplus growing 12 percent year on year to 1.25 trillion yuan.
Trade with the European Union, the nation's largest trade partner, climbed 0.5 percent year on year during the January-October period, compared with a 0.8-percent decrease registered in the first nine months of 2013.
Trade with the United States, China's second-largest trade partner, rose 6.9 percent in the first 10 months, while that with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members increased 10.9 percent.
Trade with Japan, however, declined 7 percent, according to the figures.