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Hong Kong's Trading Industry: Challenges from Mainland China                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Product Ref: 03/177C Company: N/A

Product Type: Case Industry: Retail & Wholesale

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The import-export trading industry had long been one of the leading industries in Hong Kong. The sector, with about 500,000 people working for 100,000 companies, accounted for roughly 20 per cent of Hong Kong's employment and GDP in 2002. However, in the early 2000s, the industry was under challenge as there were signs that the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions of Mainland China might eventually threaten Hong Kong's position as a major trading centre. Could Hong Kong's multitude of small trading companies continue to thrive? What were their major competitive advantages? And how substantial would these advantages be? This case serves as an overview of an important industry sector in Hong Kong that is dominated by SMEs, and presents important strategic issues at a time of economic changes.
Functional Area : Economics & Business Policy
Strategy & General Management

Issues: Threats to Hong Kong's position as a trading centre from Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta
Length: Text: 9 pages
Exhibits: 5 pages
Country: Hong Kong SAR

Pub. Year: 2003 Level of Difficulty: 1
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English   Simplified Chinese
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This is a part of The Trade & Industry Department SME Case Series
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