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Offshore trade in goods covers "merchanting" and "merchandising for offshore transactions" provided by establishments operating in Hong Kong (excluding their affiliates located outside Hong Kong). The goods involved in offshore trade activities are shipped directly from a party outside Hong Kong to another party outside Hong Kong without the goods passing through Hong Kong. Earnings from offshore trade in goods refer to gross margin from "merchanting" and commission from "merchandising for offshore transactions", but not value of the goods involved.

In merchanting, establishments operating in Hong Kong purchase goods from non-local parties and then sell to buyers outside Hong Kong, without the goods entering and leaving Hong Kong. These establishments take ownership of the goods involved. Besides, establishments operating in Hong Kong may also sell their goods manufactured through sub-contract processing directly from places abroad to parties outside Hong Kong. This type of trading is also treated as "merchanting". The establishments mentioned above in their capacity as traders have once owned the goods involved, where they earn gross margin as their production income.

Regarding merchandising for offshore transactions, establishments operating in Hong Kong arrange services on behalf of buyers/sellers outside Hong Kong the purchases/sales of goods according to their specifications, including services such as multiple sourcing; marketing; contract and price negotiation; sample and volume procurement; shipment, inspection and arrangement of follow-up order. The goods involved are sold by non-local parties to other non-local parties, without the goods entering and leaving Hong Kong. These establishments in their capacity as agents or brokers earn commissions or service charges as their production income, where they have not taken ownership of the goods involved.

For the latest statistics on offshore trade in goods, please refer to Publications and Tables.

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Hong Kong's Offshore Trade Statistics 9 Feb 2012 -
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