U.S. Exports A Record Amount Of Gold To Hong Kong In January

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Submitted by SRSrocco via SRSrocco Report blog,

The figures are out and it looks like the United States exported a record amount of gold to Hong Kong in January.  Not only was this a one month record… it was a WHOPPER indeed.

Last year, the U.S. exported a total of 215 metric tons of gold bullion to Hong Kong.  This was not the total amount of gold exported to Hong Kong as some smaller quantities of Dore’ and precipitates made their way into the country as well.

However, Hong Kong received more gold than any other country… Switzerland came in second at 150 metric tons.  The table below shows the breakdown in U.S. Gold Bullion exports in 2013:

Total U.S. Gold Bullion Exports Jan-Dec 2013

Here we can see that the highest month of gold bullion exports to Hong Kong in 2013 was in August at 30.7 metric tons (mt)… let’s just say an even 31 mt.  According to the data just released by the USGS, the United States exported a stunning 57 mt of gold bullion to Hong Kong in January.

U.S. Gold Bullion Exports to Hong Kong

Not only is this 3 times more gold exported than January 2013 (17 mt), it was 84% more gold than the record month set in August (31 mt).  As we can see, gold bullion is fleeing the U.S. and heading to the East.  Again.. that 57 mt figure is just gold bullion.

Furthermore, total gold exports in January nearly surpassed the total hit in March of last year.  Total U.S. gold exports in March, 2013 were 80.8 mt compared to 80.7 mt in January of this year.

This is where the majority of the remaining gold was exported in January:

Gold Bullion:

Australia 3.1 mt, Thailand 2 mt, Switzerland 1.5 mt & Singapore 1.0 mt

Dore’ & precipitates:

Switzerland 10.6 mt, India 2.7 mt & United Arab Emirates 1.4 mt

As the West continues to play games with Monopoly money and Derivatives manufacturing, the East accumulates as much gold as it possibly can.  While Main Stream Media and its Banker cohorts release bearish $1,050 price targets for gold, the Asians and Indians smile as they build the largest amount of gold stocks in the world.

I get a real kick at the degree of negative sentiment coming from many gold and silver investors.  Who said this was going to be easy?  It’s simply amazing to watch a DIEHARD gold or silver bug become bearish and downright nasty now that times are tough.

However, this is exactly what the FIAT MONETARY AUTHORITIES hand in mind.  Unfortunately, many have fallen for their plan… HOOK, LINE & SINKER.

 

Source: USGS January Gold Mineral Industry study:

USGS Jan 2014 Gold Survey

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:05 | 4693210 idea_hamster
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Gotta settle up for all that plastic dog poo somehow!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:06 | 4693213 Slave
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FULL RETARD ENGAGED

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:12 | 4693234 kaiserhoff
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Gold smold.  We got plenty of tungsten.

Our boy Barry Soetoro can sell ice to the Canadians;)

(Damned if it hasn't worked so far).

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:31 | 4693309 philipat
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That is exactly correct. The Fed and their BB Agents don't even try to hide their games any longer, out of desperation and a lack of any legal consequences. In fact, they WANT you to know that they are manipoulating the price of Gold down so as to communicate thet you should not "Fight the Fed" with Gold. They really cannot continue much longer because there is no physical Gold left in the West. So, yes, this is the wrong time for anyone, especially the true believers, to walk away. In doing so, I completely agree that would give victory to the Fed at a time that they are in big trouble with Gold.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:58 | 4693398 666
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I'm glad some people recognize value when they see it and are preparing for the collapse of fiat currency. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are just dumb fucks.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:01 | 4693404 old naughty
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so how do they do that? 

In civilian carrier, like MH...?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:03 | 4693408 johngaltfla
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Maybe Germany is storing it somewhere safe for once....

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:07 | 4693421 Mr. Magoo
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Just a repeat of the old Roman empire transferring the wealth to the east and leaving the west to rot away and collapse

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:48 | 4693528 Son of Loki
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The Perth Mint in Australia now ships way more gold to Chinese buyers then in the USA I read on their Blog. I think the Year of the Dragon stunning gold coins was the decisive turning point but it may have been earlier.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:54 | 4693546 Rubbish
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Something just doesn't add up here. Ok I like a good conspiracy, so is it possible that the US and all their underground fortresses has by chance hit a Gold payday never seen before, where they will never run out?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 22:45 | 4693693 TheReplacement
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Sure it's possible but wouldn't it be a good move to then jump to a gold based/backed system and disembowel the rest of the world?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 07:21 | 4694401 N2OJoe
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Gold 1050?

Can I place my order now!?!?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:03 | 4693409 Four chan
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this isnt paper gold they are transfering.

 

insane demand for gold crashes gold price, only in amerika.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:07 | 4693422 Tabarnaque
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One would think that this should piss the Germans, no? In one month they have sent 10 times what they sent back to Germany in the whole 2013... Only if the German Central Bank was not another puppet of the Federal Reserve.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 01:58 | 4694035 Spitzer
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7 years from now, Hillary will go to Germany and give Agela Merkel a golden shower. Thats it.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 02:33 | 4694056 Tabarnaque
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Lol!

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 02:39 | 4694058 Commander in Queef
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What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 07:33 | 4694445 Raging Debate
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666 - If you think the majority are dumb fucks then spend some coin on media and give them answers then. Times change the American people are asking some serious questions. I tend to focus on those with an ear because you can lead a horse to water but can't force him to drink.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:52 | 4693385 Carpenter1
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Over leveraged PM investors will be getting very worried and angry about now. Can't put time on the other side of your trade, recipe for instant stress and high probability of loss of equity

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:30 | 4693286 strannick
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Go gold! London empties its vaults to Switzerland to be refined into 100 kg bars (1000 tons in 2013-UK not known as a big mining nation), while the US just shovels it straight to the jowls of the Dragon. Aaaand, its gone.

Be sure too, that the gold US sends to Switzerland, just ends up recast also into 100 kg bars also en route to China...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:06 | 4693214 LetThemEatRand
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"Switzerland came in second at 150 metric tons."

Who cares?  What do they know about money, anyway.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:11 | 4693230 Winston Churchill
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They know everything about paper money 'cause they invented it.
Almost like they don't trust the greenback./s

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:19 | 4693221 Xibalba
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Good for another $100 3am drop.  The Germans must be a lil' pissed, eh? 

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:57 | 4693396 Keyser
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I was thinking the same thing and bet they are pissed... Yet another reason for Germany to question their relations with the US... 

 

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:50 | 4693533 Luckhasit
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Which is why we all laugh. 

Unfortunate Germans, your gold is gone!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:09 | 4693225 Relentless101
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We don't need gold! Our money is backed by the full strength of our...  our... shit...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:12 | 4693232 El Oregonian
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AANnnnnddd.... It's GONE!!!!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:26 | 4693287 Ban KKiller
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That shit is STILL funny. When people ask me about the whole banking "thing" (it is inexplicable as they know the banks are corrupt but can't quite face it) I always steer them to the above. 

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:12 | 4693235 SilverIsMoney
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It's encouraging the cartel's price raid failed miserably on Tuesday and then failed even more miserably today... Soc General releases their anti-gold BS posted here at ZH literally 10min after the smash too - just like BOA did in March - it's a perfect cordination but of course there's nothing to see here folks, move along!

The smashes aren't working anymore. Even the specs and algos are starting to realize the jig. No matter how hard the cartel tries to smash price below the 100 day moving average of 1280 they just can't do it without these BS flash crashes where some dope decides to dump 2500 contracts all at once... you know... to get the best price... only this time they keep getting met with furious paper buying instead of moron sheeps selling down with them.

 

Rut roh shaggy... they're getting desperate...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:16 | 4693250 Tinky
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Sounds like a literal yellow menace.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:34 | 4693264 RaceToTheBottom
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This makes Nixons fears about France trivial....

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:01 | 4693403 Keyser
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I am not a crook...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:07 | 4693423 Four chan
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its all nixons fault him and kissinger and their controllers.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 09:00 | 4694753 Bendromeda Strain
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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

 

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:21 | 4693267 delivered
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Didn't see Germany on the list. I guess their gold will come from another source down the road, or make that, way down the road.

BTW, were is this gold coming from? Didn't read the report yet but it would have to come from either mine production or holdings of some sort (i.e., ETFs, private holdings, Fort Knox perhaps, COMEX, or possibly the Fed's holdings for other countries). Can't imagine its from gold production as per the last report I saw, the US produces about 230 tonnes a year. Private holdings can't support this flow and my understanding is that ETFs, after realizing net outflows in 2013, have leveled off and possibly even increased holdings. So this leaves some other "mysterious" source for gold. 

Any ideas?

As for the gold shipped to Switzerland, this is only a clearing location (or being held in trust for others) so we can assume that this amount is basically flowing to Asia as well (or maybe to Germany as the damn Krauts don't want any transparancy). 

With GOFO rates negative again (and displaying more violent moves and higher rates), it would appear that pressure is building again. So with all of this said, I would agree with Xibalba as another $100 smash down is coming (as some gold banks get in too deep yet again). It was about a year ago in April 2013 that gold got hammered so why not make this an annual event until the paper price has been reduced to zero and every bit of available gold is in Asia. 

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:23 | 4693273 thamnosma
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I don't understand you gold bugs.  What's wrong with a truckload of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn shares?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:24 | 4693276 SilverIsMoney
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I can't eat them! :)

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:25 | 4693280 km4
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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:25 | 4693281 ncdirtdigger
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WTF? Are the Germans buying their gold back via Hong Kong?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:25 | 4693282 deflator
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 All your gold are berong to us,  stupick Americans!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:26 | 4693285 Bunga Bunga
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Calm down, just 1.3 bln Chinese rolling over their US-Bills into the shiny metal.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:34 | 4693312 Zirpedge
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Just like with the indians, shiny trinkets for tangible assets. The value of gold could go to zero for all I care. Gold has few industrial applications, I am surprised the Chinese would want it. How many miles of speaker wire does the world need?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:39 | 4693342 SilverIsMoney
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Gold to zero? Real Gold?!

 

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:29 | 4693478 old naughty
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Wait, i can't make out the face...

He's so distraught, all his hair fell off?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:38 | 4693503 TalkToLind
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Capt. Picard facepalm!  LOL, but you knew that.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 22:25 | 4693644 Zirpedge
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P.O.V. of DQ soft serve fallen between two breaststs

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 21:24 | 4693472 fukidontknow
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Gold has many industrial applications it's just too rare and valuable as a monetary asset to use.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 22:31 | 4693662 Zirpedge
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I see it as a liability. Expensive to store and defend. Illiquid and impractical. No, for the common man it's a historic tool of oppression. You don't know your history. 

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:07 | 4693768 magnumpk
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Actually, the fiat notes in your wallet are a liability - of the Fed.  Interestingly, the Fed is insolvent on a mark to market basis. One plus one equals ...  On the other hand, Gold is money, has no yield, nor should it.  Expensive to store?  Not for me, but in any event, worth it.  Fiat seems to be the ultimate tool of oppression.  If you, you know, read history.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 08:18 | 4694577 Agstacker
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