The current account surplus in Taiwan rose by $9.03 billion to $25.96 billion in Q1 of 2021 from $16.93 billion a year ago. It was the third largest current account surplus ever recorded, as the goods surplus increased by $6.33 billion to $18.75 billion, mainly owing to orders for emerging technology applications and a rebound in business for manufacturing goods. Meantime, the services account shifted to a $2.83 billion surplus compared to a $0.60 billion deficit, due to an increase in freight surplus and a narrow travel deficit. On the other hand, the primary income account surplus fell by $0.96 billion to $4.99billion, amid decreases in banks’ overseas interest income. The secondary income account gap shrank by $0.24 billion to $0.61 billion deficit, mainly because of decreases in outward remittances both by residents to supplement overseas family and by migrant workers. source: Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Current Account in Taiwan averaged 6853.08 USD Million from 1981 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 29562 USD Million in the third quarter of 2020 and a record low of -851 USD Million in the first quarter of 1981. This page provides - Taiwan Current Account - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Taiwan Current Account - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2021.

Current Account in Taiwan is expected to be 17921.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Current Account in Taiwan to stand at 22500.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Taiwan Current Account is projected to trend around 21600.00 USD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Taiwan Current Account

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
25960.00 27330.00 29562.00 -851.00 1981 - 2021 USD Million Quarterly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-20 08:20 AM Q2 $21.77B $18.11B $13.5B
2020-11-20 08:20 AM Q3 $28.65B $21.77B $17.2B
2021-02-26 08:20 AM Q4 $27.33B $29.56B $22.5B
2021-05-20 08:20 AM Q1 $25.96B $27.33B $18.2B
2021-08-20 08:20 AM Q2 $25.96B
2021-11-19 08:20 AM Q3


News Stream
Taiwan Current Account Surplus Widens in Q1
The current account surplus in Taiwan rose by $9.03 billion to $25.96 billion in Q1 of 2021 from $16.93 billion a year ago. It was the third largest current account surplus ever recorded, as the goods surplus increased by $6.33 billion to $18.75 billion, mainly owing to orders for emerging technology applications and a rebound in business for manufacturing goods. Meantime, the services account shifted to a $2.83 billion surplus compared to a $0.60 billion deficit, due to an increase in freight surplus and a narrow travel deficit. On the other hand, the primary income account surplus fell by $0.96 billion to $4.99billion, amid decreases in banks’ overseas interest income. The secondary income account gap shrank by $0.24 billion to $0.61 billion deficit, mainly because of decreases in outward remittances both by residents to supplement overseas family and by migrant workers.
2021-05-20
Taiwan Posts 2nd Largest Current Account Surplus on Record
The current account surplus in Taiwan rose by $10.37 billion to $27.33 billion in the Q4 of 2020 from $16.96 billion a year ago. It was the 2nd largest current account surplus ever recorded, as the goods surplus increased by $8.90 billion to $23.04 billion, mainly boosted by orders for emerging technology applications and remote working-related products, as well as rising demand for traditional manufacturing goods. Meantime, the services account shifted to a $1.38 billion surplus compared to a $1.08 billion deficit, due to an increase in freight proceeds and a smaller travel deficit. On the other hand, the primary income account surplus fell by $1.11 billion to $3.66 billion, amid decreases in residents' income from outward foreign direct investment and in banks' overseas interest income. The secondary income gap fell by $0.18 billion to $0.75 billion, on lower expenditures on gifts and samples. In 2020, the country's current account surplus rose by $29.1 billion to $94.3 billion.
2021-02-26
Taiwan Posts Widest Current Account Surplus on Record
The current account surplus in Taiwan increased by USD 15 billion to USD 28.65 billion in the third quarter of 2020 from USD 13.65 billion in the same period of 2019. It was the largest current account surplus on record, as the goods surplus rose by USD 6.96 billion to USD 23.47 billion, driven by orders for technology applications related to remote-working and 5G network and greater restocking demand for the latest electronic products. Meantime, the services account shifted to a USD 1.68 billion surplus compared to a USD 1.85 billion deficit, on a smaller travel deficit. Also, the primary income account shifted to a USD 4.34 billion surplus compared to a USD 0.45 billion gap in Q3 2019, amid an increase in residents' income from outward foreign direct investment. Meanwhile, the secondary income gap went up by USD 0.26 billion to USD 0.83 billion, due to an increase in workers' outward remittances.
2020-11-20
Taiwan Posts Largest Trade Surplus in Over 2 Years
The current account surplus in Taiwan increased by USD 4.35 billion to USD 21.77 billion in the second quarter of 2020 from USD 17.42 billion in the same period of the previous year. It was the largest current account surplus since the first quarter of 2018, as the goods surplus widened to USD 15.49 billion from USD 14.40 billion a year earlier and the services account shifted to a USD 0.75 billion surplus from a USD 1.22 billion deficit. Additionally, the primary income surplus went up to USD 6.23 billion from USD 4.8 billion in Q2 2019. On the other hand, the secondary income gap increased to USD 0.70 billion from USD 0.57 billion. Considering the first half of the year, the country recorded a USD 39.88 billion surplus.
2020-08-20

Taiwan Current Account
Current Account is the sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid).