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In 2017, Taiwan bought US$259.6 billion worth of imported products down by -3.9% since 2013 but up by 12.4% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from China

China's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$50.1 billion or 19.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $22.2 billion
  2. Machinery: $7.8 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $2 billion
  4. Other chemical goods: $1.5 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $1.5 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.3 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.3 billion
  8. Copper: $1.1 billion
  9. Vehicles: $918.1 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $640.7 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$42 billion or 16.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $10 billion
  2. Machinery: $8.1 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $2.8 billion
  4. Plastics: $2.6 billion
  5. Vehicles: $2.6 billion
  6. Other chemical goods: $2 billion
  7. Iron and steel: $2 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $1.6 billion
  9. Copper: $1.5 billion
10. Gems, precious metals: $901.4 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from the US

America's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$30.5 billion or 11.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $7.7 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $5.2 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $2.3 billion
  4. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.8 billion
  5. Mineral fuels including oil: $942.9 million
  6. Plastics: $917.9 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $893.5 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $856.9 million
  9. Cereals: $842.4 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $664.7 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Korea

South Korea's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$16.9 billion or 6.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $8.2 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $1.6 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.5 billion
  4. Machinery: $1.1 billion
  5. Iron and steel: $543.1 million
  6. Plastics: $460.7 million
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $391.5 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $311.9 million
  9. Glass: $311.4 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $310 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$9.2 billion or 3.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $2 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $1.5 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  4. Organic chemicals: $737.4 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $726.6 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $678.2 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $471.6 million
  8. Plastics: $227.5 million
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $151.8 million
10. Iron and steel: $75.4 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$8.7 billion or 3.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $3.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $2.2 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $863.8 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $381 million
  5. Organic chemicals: $355.5 million
  6. Gems, precious metals: $243 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $190.5 million
  8. Plastics: $178.5 million
  9. Copper: $62.6 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $47.8 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$8.2 billion or 3.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $4.3 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $1.5 billion
  3. Copper: $383.6 million
  4. Nickel: $353.3 million
  5. Meat: $270.6 million
  6. Zinc: $229.3 million
  7. Aluminum: $188.1 million
  8. Iron and steel: $121.2 million
  9. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $93.2 million
10. Wood: $86 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$7.2 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $2.9 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.8 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $485.9 million
  4. Machinery: $382.8 million
  5. Wood: $189.3 million
  6. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $182.4 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $140.7 million
  8. Plastics: $140.1 million
  9. Iron and steel: $131.8 million
10. Organic chemicals: $127.9 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$6.9 billion or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $5.7 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $643.9 million
  3. Plastics: $220.2 million
  4. Inorganic chemicals: $99.6 million
  5. Aluminum: $95.2 million
  6. Copper: $82.1 million
  7. Rubber: $6 million
  8. Fertilizers: $3.9 million
  9. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $3.7 million
10. Glass: $3.5 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$4.9 billion or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $2.7 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $238.6 million
  3. Wood: $182.8 million
  4. Copper: $140 million
  5. Paper: $131.2 million
  6. Tin: $127 million
  7. Iron and steel: $124.6 million
  8. Machinery: $105.1 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $102.1 million
10. Rubber: $101.1 million
Top 10 Taiwanese Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Taiwan amounted to
$4.4 billion or 1.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $1.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $792.7 million
  3. Vehicles: $245 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $227.1 million
  5. Plastics: $216.3 million
  6. Rubber: $184.8 million
  7. Sugar: $179.8 million
  8. Milling products: $103.3 million
  9. Copper: $103 million
10. Mineral fuels including oil: $78.8 million
Fastest-Growing Taiwanese Imports 2017
Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
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Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis