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HONG KONG - CANADA TRADE RELATIONS

CANADA AND HONG KONG ARE IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNERS

  • In 2020, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Hong Kong dropped by 24.9% over 2019, amounted to C$3.9 billion (HK$22.3 billion).
  • Goods imported from Canada registered an average annual change of -10.8% in value in the past four years since 2016 (in terms of HK Dollar). They accounted for about 0.2% (C$1.3 billion or HK$7.5 billion) of Hong Kong's total imports in 2020.
  • In 2020, Hong Kong was Canada's fourth largest market for fish and seafood and seventh largest export market in the world for precious / semiprecious stones. Other major Canadian exports to Hong Kong include electrical machinery; meat and meat preparations; and fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic invertebrates.
  • Goods exported to Canada registered an average annual change of -5.4% in value in the past four years since 2016 (in terms of HK Dollar). They accounted for about 0.4% (C$2.6 billion or HK$14.8 billion) of Hong Kong's total exports in 2020.
  • Hong Kong's major export to Canada in 2020 included telecommunications equipment; electrical machinery; and office machines and automatic data processing machines.

HONG KONG IS AN IMPORTANT ENTREPÔT FOR SINO-CANADA TRADE

  • Hong Kong is an important entrepôt for merchandise trade between Canada and Mainland China. In 2020, about C$3.1 billion, representing around 4% of the total trade between Canada and Mainland China, was routed through Hong Kong.

HONG KONG IS AN IMPORTANT LOCATION FOR CANADIAN INTERESTS

  • Hong Kong is a separate customs territory and participates in the World Trade Organization as a full and separate member, using the name "Hong Kong, China".
  • Hong Kong welcomes overseas investment and offers an environment in which there is a free flow of capital and return on investment without exchange controls.
  • Currently, two Canadian provinces have representative offices in Hong Kong, including the Alberta Regional Office for the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and the Québec Government Office.
  • As at 1 June 2020, there were 23 regional headquarters, 29 regional offices and 60 local offices in Hong Kong with parent companies located in Canada.
  • Hong Kong is one of the world's major financial centres and Canadian financial institutions play an active part in the banking and insurance sectors. As at end-2020, there are seven Canadian or Canadian-controlled banks operating as licensed banks or restricted licence banks and two Canadian banks maintaining local representative offices in Hong Kong. As at 30 April 2021, among the 166 insurance companies authorised in Hong Kong, eight are Canadian-owned or controlled by Canadian interests.
  • Canadian-controlled companies also participate actively in securities and futures trading and in the field of investment advice. As at March 2021, there were around 22 Canadian-controlled firms engaging in brokerage, investment advisory and asset management business in Hong Kong.
  • Last available figures show that, at end-2019, the position of Hong Kong's outward direct investment in Canada was C$11.4 billion, whereas that of Hong Kong's inward direct investment from Canada was C$32.3 billion.
  • Hong Kong and Canada signed an Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) on 10 February 2016 and the IPPA entered into force on 6 September 2016. The Agreement gives additional assurance to Canadian investors that their investments in Hong Kong are adequately protected. At the same time, it enables Hong Kong investors to enjoy similar protection for their investments in Canada. It also expands investment flows between Hong Kong and Canada, and further strengthens our existing strong economic and trade ties.

Note: Exchange rate in 2019: C$1 = HK$5.91; Exchange rate in 2020: C$1 = HK$5.79

Value in HK$ billion (C$ billion)
  Summary of Hong Kong's Trade with Canada
2019 % Change 2019/2018 2020 % Change 2020/2019
Domestic Exports 0.4
(0.07)
-28.4 0.3
(0.05)
-22.9
Re-exports 18.1
(3.1)
+1.3 14.5
(2.5)
-20.0
Total Exports 18.5
(3.1)
+0.4 14.8
(2.6)
-20.1
Imports 11.1
(1.9)
-2.9 7.5
(1.3)
-32.8
Total Trade 29.7
(5.0)
-0.9 22.3
(3.9)
-24.9

Prepared by:

Trade and Industry Department
The Government of the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Trade and Industry Tower,
3 Concorde Road, Kowloon City
Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2398 5405
Website: www.tid.gov.hk

June 2021

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.