The Census and Statistics Department released the external merchandise trade statistics for December 2017. In December 2017, the values of Hong Kong’s total exports and imports of goods both recorded year-on-year increases, at 6.0% and 9.0% respectively.

In December 2017, the value of total exports of goods (comprising re-exports and domestic exports) increased by 6.0% over a year earlier to $360.7 billion. Concurrently, the value of imports of goods increased by 9.0% over a year earlier to $420.6 billion in December 2017.

Comparing the fourth quarter of 2017 with the preceding quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports of goods increased by 4.2%. Within this total, the value of re-exports increased by 4.2%, while the value of domestic exports went up by 1.3%. Meanwhile, the value of imports of goods increased by 4.9%.

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