Updated at 6.21pm: The value Hong Kong's exports surged 34.8 per cent year-on-year in January to $13.1 billion, official statistics released on Monday showed. According to the Census and Statistics Department, the value of total exports of goods, which comprises re-exports and domestic exports, rose 4.2 per cent in January over a year earlier to $190.0 billion. January's growth in total exports followed a 6.7 per cent increase recorded in December 2005. During this time, re-exports increased by 2.4 per cent to $176.9 billion, while domestic exports jumped 34.8 per cent to $13.1 billion. Re-exports are goods exported to Hong Kong (usually from China) which have value added to them in the territory and are then 're-exported' overseas. The statistics also showed that the value of imports increased by 0.6 per cent in January over the same period in 2005, to $185.7 billion. This made up a visible trade surplus of $4.4 billion, equivalent to 2.4 per cent of the value of imports, in January. Domestic exports to the Netherlands jumped 267.1 per cent year on year in January, followed by France, Italy, Germany and Britain, which all topped 150 per cent. Re-exports to Italy and Korea rose by 27 per cent and 4.6 per cent, respectively. But decreases were registered in those re-exports to the Netherlands (-15.8 per cent), Singapore (-15.6 per cent) and Germany (-5.0 per cent). Imports from Singapore to Hong Kong increased by 27.3 per cent, those from Germany rose by 15.8 per cent and those from Korea by 15.5 per cent. A government spokesman said January's growth in domestic exports was marked by the surge in clothing exports to the European Union and the United States. 'Conceivably, some local manufacturers have shifted their clothing production back to Hong Kong, underscoring better job opportunities for the local manufacturing workforce,' the spokesman explained. He added that the trade outlook for the near term was largely sanguine as the economic conditions in the major overseas markets remained supportive.