Hong Kong exports to China for outward processing rises 6.1 pct in Q4

March 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's total exports to China for outward

processing rose 6.1 percent to HK$148.19 billion ($19.09 billion) in terms of

value in the fourth quarter of 2016, the Census and Statistics Department said

on Monday.

Outward processing trade involves the shipment of raw materials to mainland

China for manufacturing. Finished products are then shipped back to Hong Kong

for re-export.

(Rounded figures in billions of Hong Kong dollars and year-on-year

percentage change in brackets):

4th qtr 2016 3rd qtr 2016

Total exports to China 148.19 (6.1) 141.61 (-0.6)

Domestic exports to China 0.590 (-3.3) 0.61 (-18.3)

Re-exports to China 147.60 (6.2) 141.00 (-0.5)

Imports from China 208.84 (-1.3) 194 .46 (-2.6)

($1 = 7.7644 Hong Kong dollars)

(Reporting by Twinnie Siu in HONG KONG; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)