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Hong Kong’s Top 5 Wine Importing Countries in July 2021

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More imported wines entered the ports of Hong Kong in July compared to the same month a year ago. 

Data from the Census and Statistics Department showed that Hong Kong’s wine importation grew by 34% year on year to HK$927 million. 

This brings its year-to-date wine importation record at HK$6.2 billion, representing a 57% rise over the same period last year.

This increased importation was lifted by the entry of more French wines, climbing by 46% to nearly HK$650 million over last year’s level. France remained the region’s top import source year-to-date at HK$3.9 billion.

Hong Kong, which analysts saw as a “backdoor” for Australian exporters to deliver wine to Mainland China, received 14% more wines from Australia in July to a value of HK$112 million. This brings its January-July total to over HK$1 billion, jumping more than twice compared to the same period in the previous year.

Importation of wines from trading companies in the UK also grew by 24%; American and Italian wine imports rose by 18% and 12%, respectively.

By category, growing demand for champagne caused importations to grow more than twice to HK$99 million. Imported red wines rose by 28% to around HK$780 million, while white wines increased by 7% to HK$36.6 million. 

There are over five times more imported port wines that entered Hong Kong in the month, valued at HK$836,000, while imported sherries have more than doubled to a value of HK$111,000. 

Hong Kong’s Top 5 Wine Import Source in July 2021 vs July 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France HK$648,718,000 HK$443,970,000 +46%
2 Australia HK$112,182,000 HK$98,420,000 +14%
3 UK HK$79,031,000 HK$63,746,000 +24%
4 US HK$21,778,000 HK$18,481,000 +18%
5 Italy HK$20,102,000 HK$17,921,000 +12%
Total HK$927,446,000 HK$692,751,000 +34%
Source: Hong Kong Customs

Bottled Wine Categories in July 2021 vs July 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Red HK$782,972,000 HK$613,885,000 +28%
Champagne HK$99,194,000 HK$40,734,000 +144%
White HK$36,573,000 HK$34,143,000 +7%
Port HK$836,000 HK$153,000 +446%
Sherry HK$111,000 HK$49,000 +127%
Source: Hong Kong Customs

Hong Kong’s Top 5 Wine Import Source Year-to-Date

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France HK$3,892,412,000 HK$2,522,714,000 +54%
2 Australia HK$1,025,183,000 HK$392,141,000 +161%
3 UK HK$444,842,000 HK$371,198,000 +20%
4 US HK$221,154,000 HK$239,832,000 -8%
5 Italy HK$166,799,000 HK$115,242,000 +45%
Total HK$6,201,849,000 HK$3,938,195,000 +57%
Source: Hong Kong Customs

Bottled Wine Categories Year-to-Date

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Red HK$5,456,397,000 HK$3,511,790,000 +55%
Champagne HK$418,503,000 HK$246,702,000 +70%
White HK$265,430,000 HK$150,475,000 +76%
Port HK$4,479,000 HK$2,187,000 +105%
Sherry HK$607,000 HK$237,000 +156%
Source: Hong Kong Customs

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