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23 Nov 2020 Updated 24 Nov 2020

Review of 3Q 2020 Trade Performance

MR No.: 091/20

Singapore, Monday, 23 November 2020.


  • Total merchandise trade declined by 6.3% in 3Q 2020, easing from the 15.3% contraction in 2Q 2020; oil trade declined at a slower pace in 3Q 2020 (-39.5%; 2Q 2020: -61.9%), while non-oil trade grew (+0.8%), after the previous quarter’s decline (-3.5%).
  • Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) grew by 6.5%; non-oil re-exports (NORX) rose by 0.7%.
  • Total merchandise trade and NODX forecasts for 2020 are adjusted upwards to “-7.5% to -7.0%” and “+4.0% to +4.5%” respectively, amid better-than-expected performance for specific products, e.g. non-monetary gold & specialised machinery; electronics also grew.
  • For 2021, growth projections are at “+1.0% to +3.0%” for total merchandise trade and “0.0% to +2.0%” for NODX.
  • Total services trade declined by 18.5% to reach S$111.9 billion in 3Q 2020.

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