The hefty increase was due to lower comparison bases a year ago when China's exports were hard hit by global financial crisis and less working days as the Lunar New Year holiday fell in January last year, the administration explained.
The trade surplus contracted 63.8 percent to $14.16 billion.
The European Union and United States remained China's first two largest trading partners.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) surpassed Japan to be the third largest as the Sino-ASEAN trade surged 80 percent to $21.48 billion after the China ASEAN free trade area kicked off on January 1 this year.
Exports of machinery added 27 percent to $62.51 billion, or nearly 60 percent of the total.
Exports of appliance and electrical products grew 33.1 percent to $24.09 billion.