Macau’s imports from Hong Kong surged in Q1


Cargo shipped to Macau from Hong Kong during the first three months of the year posted a 76.3 per cent year-on-year increase, according to the latest data released by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. In total, 1.27 million tonnes were shipped during the three months, leading the amount shipped to the United States and Japan, at 1.21 million tonnes and 1.11 million tonnes, respectively.
During the same period, outward cargo shipped to the Mainland by sea saw an 80.3 per cent year-on-year rise, reaching 2.45 million tonnes, according to the data.
Cargo coming by river from the Pearl River, Mirs Bay and Macau and other inland waterways through Guangdong and Guanxi, saw a 24.8 per cent year-on-year increase, reaching 11.2 million tonnes.
Imports from the territories along the river to Hong Kong were primarily stone, sand and gravel, which saw a 67.1 per cent increase year-on-year to 5.26 million tonnes, while imported machinery posted a 5.9 per cent increase yearly, while bricks, ceramic tiles and refractory construction materials fell 30.1 per cent year-on-year.
Exports along the territories linked by the river to Hong Kong saw an overall increase, with those of stone, sand and gravel up 11 per cent to 4.69 million tonnes, and that of pulp and waste paper up 41.2 per cent year-on-year, to 1.05 million tonnes.
According to the MSAR’s Statistics and Census Service, for the first quarter of this year exports from Macau to Hong Kong were worth MOP1.94 billion (US$241.24 million), equating to 67,622 tonnes, an increase of 15.3 per cent and 117.9 per cent year-on-year, respectively.