China’s recent ban on pineapple imports from Taiwan provides an occasion for policymakers to rethink the island’s dependence on the Chinese market for agricultural exports. In late February, just as Taiwan’s pineapple season was set to begin, China’s General Administration of Customs announced that it would suspend the import of Taiwanese pineapples beginning March 1….

Positive Indications on the Trade Front Given Taiwan’s heavy reliance on international trade for its economic momentum, the past several weeks brought some encouraging news. Announcement of Taiwan’s trade figures for July showed that exports had continued to increase for the fifth consecutive month. At US$29.36 billion, export value in July was 4.7% higher than…

Momentum Continues On Export Growth The Taiwan economy continued its upward momentum through the first quarter of 2018 as exports maintained their double digit gains, unemployment stayed low, and consumer and business confidence remained high. On the back of International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts of rising global trade and growth, analysts expect Taiwan’s trade impetus to…