A beach town in Thailand

Thailand Trade September 2018

Thailand: Export growth contracts but trade balance remains in surplus in September

Thailand recorded a USD 487 million trade surplus in September, contrasting August’s USD 588 million deficit but noticeably below the USD 3.4 billion surplus recorded in the same month a year earlier. The 12-month moving sum of the trade balance narrowed markedly from a USD 7.7 billion surplus in August to a USD 4.7 billion surplus in September, the lowest reading since August 2015.

Exports contracted a marked 5.2% in September over a year ago in USD terms, contrasting the previous month’s 6.7% year-on-year increase. The contraction was driven by less exports of motor cars; precious stones and jewelry; rubber products; and electronic integrated circuits. Meanwhile, import growth slowed markedly from 22.8% in August to 9.9% in September.

Free sample report

Access essential information in the shortest time possible. FocusEconomics provide hundreds of consensus forecast reports from the most reputable economic research authorities in the world.
Close Left Media Arrows Left Media Circles Right Media Arrows Right Media Circles Arrow Quote Wave Address Email Telephone Man in front of screen with line chart Document with bar chart and magnifying glass Application window with bar chart Target with arrow Line Chart Stopwatch Globe with arrows Document with bar chart in front of screen Bar chart with magnifying glass and dollar sign Lightbulb Document with bookmark Laptop with download icon Calendar Icon Nav Menu Arrow Arrow Right Long Icon Arrow Right Icon Chevron Right Icon Chevron Left Icon Briefcase Icon Linkedin In Icon Full Linkedin Icon Filter Facebook Linkedin Twitter Pinterest