The total amount of foreign trade is also called the value of foreign trade, which is expressed in amount. The import and export quantity of a country or region in a certain period of time is an important economic indicator to measure the foreign trade status of a country or region. ASEAN countries are highly dependent on foreign trade, and most countries' foreign trade in goods accounts for more than half of GDP.
China, the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea have long been among the top five trading partners of ASEAN. In 2021, ASEAN's total trade with China and the United States increased, while its total trade with the EU, Japan and South Korea decreased respectively.