April exports up 13.1% y/y


Thailand’s exports jumped a more than expected 13.09% in April from a year earlier, the fastest pace in three years, as global demand increased, the commerce ministry said on Tuesday.

That compares with a forecast for an increase of 9.6% in a Reuters poll and a rise of 8.47% in March.

April’s exports, a key driver of growth, were led by higher shipments of cars and auto parts, rubber, computers and oil, ministry official Phusit Ratanakul Sereroengrit told a briefing.

“Exports expanded sharply in most key markets,” he said, adding the rollout of vaccines in several countries had supported a global economic recovery.

Exports to China, Thailand’s top market in April, jumped 21.9% from a year earlier, while those to the United States rose 9% and ones to the European Union soared 52.5%.

Earlier, Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said exports would keep improving.

Imports in April rose 29.79% from a year earlier, beating a forecast 25.1% increase, resulting in a trade surplus of $182 million in the month.

In the January-April period, exports increased 4.78% from a year earlier while imports rose 13.85%, giving a trade surplus of $698 million.



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