Exports last month rose 18.1 percent year-on-year to a record US$20.09 billion, compared with a 16.6 percent rise to US$19.37 billion in August, the Ministry of Finance said.
Imports grew 10.9 percent year-on-year to US$17.27 billion last month, against a 17.1 percent rise to US$18.16 billion in the preceding month, the ministry said.
This translated into a trade surplus last month of US$2.81 billion, compared with a surplus of US$1.22 billion in August, the ministry added.
Lee Li-shu (
In September, exports to Hong Kong and China totaled US$8.18 billion, accounting for 40.7 percent of Taiwan's total exports, while exports to the US stood at US$2.87 billion, accounting for 14.3 percent of the total, the ministry said.
Exports to Europe reached US$2.14 billion, representing 10.6 percent of the total, while shipments to ASEAN countries topped US$2.67 billion, accounting for 13.3 percent.
For the first nine months of the year, exports rose 14.9 percent to US$165.04 billion, while imports increased 11.4 percent to US$151.46 billion, leaving a trade surplus of US$13.58 billion, up 76.4 percent from a year earlier.