According to statistics released by Dongguan Government in early July, Dongguan's total imports and exports from January to May 2012 totalled US$53.95 billion. This is a 5.1% increase compared with the same period last year, and 0.1% better than overall provincial statistics.
Exports accounted for US$31.15 billion, an increase of 7.2% over last year, and 0.3% better than provincial achievements. Imports accounted for US$22.8 billion, a 2.4% increase over last year, and while only equalling provincial achievements, Dongguan is already showing signs of future gains.
With regard to the use of foreign capital, as a whole the city signed 249 new direct investment projects with foreign businessmen between January and May. These contributed a total contractual foreign investment of US$1.6 billion, up 2.4% over the same period last year, with an actual foreign investment totalling US$1.35 billion, up by 10.2%.
Among the 32 towns and districts in Dongguan, the top five with highest total imports and exports in this period are; Houjie with US$5.47 billion, Chang’an with US$4.86, Liaobu with US$3.8billion, Qingxi with US$3.15billion and Huangjiang with US$2.87billion. The top five with highest imports and export growth rates are Houjie, Guancheng, Xiegang, Fenggang, and Shilong.
By Stefanie Tan and Sev Pischl