Export orders record new high in monthly gain: gov't
By Linger Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Total Taiwan export orders in 2012 achieved a record US$441.01 billion, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said yesterday.
January 22, 2013, 4:16 pm TWN
At the same time, December export orders were the second highest for the year at US$39.39 billion, said the DGBAS.
The DGBAS said export orders for December increased by US$3.09 billion — 8.5 percent — compared to the same month a year before.
Export orders for the fourth quarter increased by 8 percent to US$8.75 billion, the DGBAS said. Meanwhile, compared to 2011's fourth quarter, the last three months of 2012 grew by 7.6 percent to US$8.34 billion.
Top Three Export Order Winners
The DGBAS said that the top three export order industries were the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, the electronics industry, and the precision instrument and machinery sector.
December was the second strongest export month in 2012 for the ICT sector, the DGBAS said. In December this sector decreased 3.3 percent compared to November 2012. Total ICT export orders in December reached US$10.58 billion. The DGBAS said 2012 export orders in this sector increased 1.4 percent compared to 2011 on the back of increasing demand for smartphones and tablets.
The DGBAS said for the electronics industry December was likewise the second strongest export month in 2012. It decreased 4.6 percent compared to November, but grew 3.8 percent compared to December 2011. According to the DGBAS, growth was driven by orders for both high-tech computer chips and chips used in mobile telecommunications. Total export orders for this sector reached US$103.35 billion for the year, said the DGBAS. This sector's export orders grew 1.4 percent in 2012 compared to the year before.
Regarding precision instrument and machinery products, the DGBAS said the sector increased 3.4 percent in December 2012 compared to the same month for 2011, but decreased 7.3 percent compared to November 2012. Annual export orders reached US$37.01 billion — a new high. The DGBAS said this sector's export orders for all of 2012 increased 0.8 percent compared to 2011.