Exports rose 7.2 percent year-on-year to USD 186.8 billion in June, following a 7 percent increase in the previous month. Sales to the United States increased 7.5 percent, accelerating from a 6.3 percent increase in May. Shipments to the ASEAN countries increased 9.7 percent and those to Japan contracted 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, exports to the European Union slowed slightly (+ 13.1 percent).
Imports grew 5.5 percent year-on-year to USD 155.2 billion, rebounding from a 1.6 percent fall in May, mainly driven by purchases from the ASEAN countries (+12.5 percent), Japan (+6.6 percent), Taiwan (+14.9 percent) and Australia (+4.8 percent).