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Taiwan’s Export Orders Fall For Fifth Month in a Row

Semiconductor demand remained high whilst orders for electronic products fell 21.8%, Taiwan’s economy ministry said

Taiwan export orders fell for a fifth month in a row. File photo from March 2016 by Tyrone Siu, Reuters.


Taiwan’s export orders posted five consecutive months of contraction in January as a slump in Chinese demand continues to weigh down on Asian economies.

Export orders for the island were 19.3% lower in January than a year before, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Monday.

January’s drop followed December’s 23.2% annual fall, with last month’s orders also affected by the long Lunar New Year holiday, which fell in January in both Taiwan and China.

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However, orders for telecoms products rose 9.8% from a year earlier – the strongest rise since last June – thanks to an improving supply chain situation in China, the ministry said.

Orders for electronic products fell 21.8%, though the decline was offset by demand for chips for high-performance computing and automobiles, it added.

Huang Yu-ling, director of the ministry’s statistics agency, told reporters that 70% of more than 2,000 companies it had surveyed had seen no effect from the end of China’s pandemic controls, because general demand remained weak.

Semiconductor Lift

While semiconductor demand driven by new technologies would help orders in the traditional low season in the first quarter, “the downside risks of the global economy are still high, which may affect the performance of export orders”, the ministry said.

The ministry added that it expected export orders this month to be lower than in February 2022 by between 6.9% and 10.8%.

Taiwanese firms, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, are major suppliers to Apple Inc, Qualcomm Inc and other global tech companies.

Taiwan’s January orders from China were 45.9% lower than a year earlier, versus the annual fall of 37.7% seen in December.

Taiwan’s orders from the United States in January fell 14.7% from a year earlier, the exact same rate as in December.

  • Reuters, with additional editing from Alfie Habershon


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Alfie Habershon

Alfie is a Reporter at Asia Financial. He previously lived in Mumbai reporting on India's economy and healthcare for data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, as well as having worked for London based Tortoise Media.


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