External merchandise trade statistics for April 2021

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that total merchandise export amounted to MOP1.06 billion in April 2021, up by 71.9% year-on-year. Value of re-exports (MOP906 million) rose by 70.2%, with that of Watches, Wine and Diamond & diamond jewellery surging by 505.7%, 377.4% and 118.5% respectively. Moreover, value of domestic exports (MOP154 million) grew by 82.4%, with that of Garments and Copper & articles thereof rising by 334.7% and 20.7% respectively. Total merchandise import swelled by 265.7% year-on-year to MOP13.74 billion, of which imports of Gold jewellery, Perfumes, Handbags & wallets and Beauty, cosmetic & skincare products rocketing by 4,814.0%, 1,395.1%, 1,165.5% and 1,137.4% respectively, whereas that of Other textile made-up articles declined by 56.2%. Merchandise trade deficit in April 2021 totalled MOP12.68 billion.

From January to April this year, total value of merchandise export increased by 24.8% year-on-year to MOP4.52 billion, of which value of re-exports (MOP3.94 billion) and domestic exports (MOP579 million) rose by 24.1% and 29.2% respectively. Total value of merchandise import expanded by 116.6% year-on-year to MOP43.43 billion. Merchandise trade deficit totalled MOP38.91 billion for the first four months of 2021, up by MOP22.48 billion from MOP16.43 billion a year earlier.

Analysed by destination, merchandise export to mainland China rose by 20.6% year-on-year to MOP579 million from January to April 2021, of which exports to the Nine Provinces of the Pan Pearl River Delta (MOP530 million) increased by 16.1%. Exports to Hong Kong (MOP3.32 billion), the USA (MOP189 million) and the EU (MOP61 million) grew by 31.2%, 50.4% and 4.7% respectively year-on-year. Exports to the Belt and Road Countries (MOP117 million) and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (MOP322 thousand) expanded by 4.1% and 135.2% respectively. Meanwhile, exports of Textiles & garments fell by 19.5% year-on-year to MOP444 million, while exports of Non-textiles went up by 32.7% to MOP4.08 billion.

By place of origin, merchandise import from the EU (MOP14.13 billion) and mainland China (MOP14.05 billion) in the first four months of 2021 increased by 156.7% and 95.1% respectively year-on-year. Imports from the Belt and Road Countries (MOP7.96 billion) rose by 99.1%, while imports from the Portuguese-speaking Countries (MOP221 million) reduced by 7.2%. Analysed by place of consignment, merchandise import from Hong Kong (MOP36.51 billion) showed a year-on-year growth of 137.5%. Imports from mainland China expanded by 42.8% to MOP5.17 billion, of which imports from the Nine Provinces of the Pan Pearl River Delta (MOP5.07 billion) grew by 42.2%. Imports of Consumer goods went up by 133.1% to MOP31.65 billion, with imports of Beauty, cosmetic & skincare products (MOP5.58 billion), Handbags & wallets (MOP3.54 billion) and Gold jewellery (MOP3.26 billion) surging by 271.0%, 268.6% and 270.1% respectively; moreover, imports of Watches (MOP4.01 billion) soared by 253.8%. Imports of Mobile phones (MOP4.58 billion) and Construction materials (MOP1.07 billion) leapt by 442.5% and 118.4% respectively. Besides, imports of Fuels & lubricants (MOP1.63 billion) registered an increase of 0.3%.

External merchandise trade totalled MOP47.95 billion from January to April 2021, up by 102.5% compared with MOP23.68 billion a year earlier.

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