CNA – Thailand’s customs-based exports contracted for a third successive month in December, by a more than expected 14.6 per cent from a year earlier as global growth slowed, Commerce Ministry data showed yesterday.
The reading compares with a forecast fall of 11.5 per cent year on year for December in a Reuters poll and came after November’s 6.0 per cent decline.
For the whole of 2022, Thailand’s export value hit a record high of USD287 billion from 5.5 per cent growth, however, the ministry said in a statement. Among major markets in December, exports to the United States (US) dropped 3.9 per cent from a year earlier while those to Southeast Asia fell 19.0 per cent. Exports to China contracted 20.8 per cent from a year earlier, the ministry said.
In December, imports fell 12 per cent from the same period in 2021, compared with a forecast 8.0 per cent drop. Many imports will be used for producing goods to be shipped out again.
Thailand recorded a trade deficit of USD1.03 billion in December, versus a forecast deficit of USD1.06 billion. In 2022, imports rose 13.6 per cent, with a trade deficit of USD16.1 billion.