Taiwan Trade


Taiwan: Exports improve in May

June 8, 2015

In May, the trade surplus totaled USD 5.4 billion. The reading was slightly above the USD 5.3 billion surplus recorded in the same month of last year and above market expectations of a USD 4.8 billion surplus. In the 12 months up to May, the trade surplus totaled USD 49.0 billion (April: USD 48.8 billion).

Exports reached USD 25.6 billion in May, which represented a 3.8% contraction in year-on-year terms. May’s print marked a notable improvement from April’s 11.7% fall and a four-month high. April’s result had marked the largest contraction since February 2013. Imports recorded USD 20.2 billion in May, which represented a 5.4% fall over the same month of last year. The figure marked an improvement over April’s 22.1% decrease.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect exports to grow 2.5% in 2015 and 5.3% in 2016.

Author: Angela Bouzanis, Senior Economist

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Taiwan Trade12m May 2015

Note: 12-month sum of trade balance in USD billion and annual average variation of the 12-month sum of exports and imports.
Source: Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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