Imports to Hong Kong decreased 4.3 percent year-on-year to HKD 377.8 billion in May 2019, mostly due to lower purchases of electrical machinery, apparatus & appliances, and electrical parts thereof (-5.3 percent); office machines & automatic data processing machines (-14.3 percent) and telecommunications & sound recording and reproducing apparatus & equipment (-4.1 percent). Meanwhile, purchases of photographic apparatus, equipment & supplies, optical goods, watches & clocks went up (6.5 percent).
Among major trading partners, imports declined from South Korea (-29.6 percent), India (-18.6 percent), Japan (-10.6 percent), Malaysia (-4.2 percent) and the Mainland (-4 percent). Concurrently, imports increased from Switzerland (22 percent) and the US (2.1 percent). Imports in Hong Kong averaged 93942.78 HKD Million from 1952 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 428452 HKD Million in August of 2018 and a record low of 230 HKD Million in February of 1954.