Hong Kong Trade Deficit Widens in November
Hong Kong's trade deficit rose by 2.9 percent to HKD 34.05 billion in November 2016 from HKD 33.09 billion the same month of the previous year. It was the lowest deficit since August as exports increased by 8.1 percent while imports rose by 7.6 percent. Considering the first eleven months of the year, the trade deficit was recorded at HKD 374.9 billion, with exports declining by 1.5 percent and imports decreasing at a faster pace 1.9 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
Year-on-year, exports increased by 8.1 percent to HKD 340.9 billion in November of 2016, after decrease of 1.8 percent in October 2016. Exports to Asia as a whole grew by 12.8 percent, mainly to Taiwan (+45.3 percent), India (+41.7 percent), Singapore (+30 percent), Thailand (+22.1 percent), Indonesia (+14,2 percent), and China (+11.9 percent). Sales decreased were recorded to Vienam (-4 percent), United Kingdom (-10.6 percent), the USA (-7.6 percent), and Germany (-5.9 percent).
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By commodity, exports increased for: electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof (+17.2 percent), and office machines and automatic data processing machines (+12.3 percent). A decrease in exports was registered for articles of apparel and clothing accessories (-17.5 percent). For the first eleven months of 2016 as a whole, exports fell 1.5 percent compared to the same period of 2015.
Year-on-year, imports increased by 7.6 percent to HKD 374.9 billion, after an increase of 0.5 percent in the preceding month. Rises were registered in the values of imports from some major suppliers, in particular Korea (+40.2 percent), Singapore (+26.1 percent), Philipnnies (+25.6 percent), Taiwan (+22.2 percent), Japan (+13.3 percent), the USA (+12.3 percent), and China (+2.4 percent). Concurrently, decreases were registered in the values of imports from India (-5.5 percent)
By commodity, imports went up for: electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof (+20.4 percent); miscellaneous manufactured articles (+10.3 percent), and professional scientific and controlling instrument (+20.9 percent). For the first eleven months of 2016 as a whole, imports fell 1.9 percent compared to the same period of 2015.
For the first eleven months of 2016 as whole, there was a trade deficit of HKD 374.9 billion. Exports went down by 1.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015, in particular to Vietnam (-7.6 percent), Japan (-5.6 percent), the USA (-4.9 percent), Korea (-2.6 percent), and China (-0.9 percent).