Hong Kong Balance of Trade 1952-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Hong Kong recorded a trade deficit of 28434 HKD Million in July of 2015. Balance of Trade in Hong Kong averaged -6083.41 HKD Million from 1952 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 7228 HKD Million in January of 2009 and a record low of -59250 HKD Million in December of 2014. Balance of Trade in Hong Kong is reported by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Balance of Trade
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-28434.00 -45783.00 7228.00 -59250.00 1952 - 2015 HKD Million Monthly
Since the late 1990’s Hong Kong has been recording trade deficits, as imports grew at a faster pace than exports. Hong Kong major exports are electronics and household electrical appliances, clothing and footwear, textile yarn and fabrics, toys and games and watches and clocks. The country imports mainly machinery and equipment, manufactured goods and articles, mineral fuels and food. Main trading partner is China (54 percent of total exports and 45 percent of total imports). Others include: Japan, the United States and Taiwan. This page provides the latest reported value for - Hong Kong Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Content for - Hong Kong Balance of Trade - was last refreshed on Friday, August 28, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-25 09:30 AM May H$-40.11B H$-39.2B -42.2B
2015-07-27 09:30 AM Jun H$-45.78B H$-40.11B -41B
2015-08-25 09:45 AM Jul H$-28.4B H$-45.78B H$-39B
2015-09-24 09:30 AM Aug H$-28.4B -36.3B
2015-10-27 08:30 AM Sep -38.1B
2015-11-26 08:30 AM Oct -33.6B


Hong Kong Trade Deficit Narrows in July


Hong Kong trade gap decreased to HKD 28.4 billion in July of 2015 from a HKD 42.1 billion deficit a year earlier, as exports and imports fell.

Exports went down by 1.6 percent to HKD 320.9 billion compared with July 2014, after a year-on-year decrease of 3.1 percent in June 2015. Sales to Asia declined 2.1 percent, due to decreases in Taiwan (-25.9 percent), Korea (-24.8 percent), Malaysia (-10.0 percent), Singapore (-9.8 percent), Thailand (-8.2 percent), Japan (-4.4 percent), the mainland of China (-2.5 percent). On the other hand, overall increases were recorded in India (+33.5 percent) and Vietnam (+26.2 percent). Apart from destinations in Asia, decrease was also registered in Germany (-3.5 percent). In contrast, increase was registered in the value of total exports in United Kingdom (+9.1 percent) and the USA (+0.4 percent).

Exports of miscellaneous manufactured articles went down by 10.9 percent; articles of apparel and clothing accessories by 7.8 percent; while electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof went up by 4.2 percent and non-metallic mineral manufactures by 6.9 percent. 

Imports declined 5.2 percent to HKD 349.3 billion compared with July of the previous year, after a year-on-year decrease of 2 percent in June 2015, driven by less purchases from Switzerland (-23.7 percent), Japan (-14.2 percent), Taiwan (-11.7 percent), Malaysia (-7.8 percent), India (-5.2 percent), Singapore (-10.7 percent) and the mainland of China (-1.5 percent).  In contrast, increases were registered from USA (+3.0 percent).

Imports of electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof decreased by -4.2 percent; petroleum, petroleum products and related materials by 33.8 percent; non-metallic mineral manufactures by 18.7 percent. However, a year-on-year increase was registered in the value of telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment by 6.9 percent.

The visible trade deficit of HKD 28.4 billion was equivalent to 8.1 percent of the value of imports of goods.

Census and Statistics Department | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
8/25/2015 10:08:52 AM


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Hong Kong Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -28434.00 -45783.00 7228.00 -59250.00 HKD Million [+]
Exports 320871.00 299518.00 331986.00 172.00 HKD Million [+]
Imports 349305.00 345302.00 382355.00 230.00 HKD Million [+]
Current Account 380.00 16701.00 92020.00 -20579.00 HKD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 1.90 1.50 13.70 -6.30 percent [+]
Terms of Trade 100.10 100.90 108.50 99.00 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows -27600.00 -45297.00 31399.00 -89673.00 HKD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2010268.00 1885384.00 2092072.00 211328.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 2.08 2.08 2.08 2.08 Tonnes [+]
External Debt 9973068.00 10007973.00 10007973.00 2707907.00 HKD Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 10482.90 9646.60 10482.90 3319.70 HKD Billion [+]


Balance of Trade Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia -2933.00 Jun/15 -2677.00 2254.00 -4156.00 AUD Million [+]
Brazil 2379.00 Jul/15 4527.00 5659.37 -4058.14 USD Million [+]
Canada -476.00 Jun/15 -2992.00 8524.80 -3853.00 CAD Million [+]
China 430.25 Jul/15 465.36 606.19 -319.71 USD Hundred Million [+]
Euro Area 26368.70 Jun/15 18800.00 26368.70 -16748.10 EUR Million [+]
France -2658.00 Jun/15 -3999.00 2674.00 -7086.00 EUR Million [+]
Germany 24000.00 Jun/15 19500.00 24000.00 -535.91 EUR Million [+]
India -12812.46 Jul/15 -10830.00 258.90 -20210.90 USD Million [+]
Indonesia 1330.00 Jul/15 528.00 4641.92 -2329.13 USD Million [+]
Italy 2808.95 Jun/15 4140.00 6923.00 -6389.30 EUR Million [+]
Japan -268.06 Jul/15 -69.00 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Mexico -2267.00 Jul/15 -749.00 1710.25 -3292.30 USD Million [+]
Netherlands 4760.00 Jun/15 3280.00 6211.40 -907.60 EUR Million [+]
Russia 13775.00 Jun/15 15309.00 20356.00 -185.00 USD Million [+]
South Korea 7760.00 Jul/15 9980.00 9980.00 -4043.45 USD Million [+]
Spain -2046007.00 Jun/15 -1657308.00 634935.00 -9834766.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Switzerland 3741.00 Jul/15 3509.00 3894.91 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Turkey -6205.89 Jun/15 -6753.00 24.51 -10453.06 USD Million [+]
United Kingdom -1601.00 Jun/15 -885.00 2946.00 -5397.00 GBP Million [+]
United States -43840.00 Jun/15 -40940.00 1946.00 -67823.00 USD Million [+]