During the first quarter, Taiwan companies received export orders worth 39.28 billion dollars from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, surging 47.1 percent from a year earlier, the department said in a statement.

Among the orders, those for optical devices showed the greatest increase, soaring 51 percent year on year in March, followed by orders for electronic products at 28.6 percent, the statement said.

Last month, export orders received by Taiwan companies amounted to 52.66 billion dollars, up 33.3 percent year on year, partly due to increased shipments of tech devices driven by the booming work-from-home economy.

With gradual recovery of the global economy from the pandemic and continued strong demand for semiconductors and electronic products, Taiwan companies will likely see rising orders in the future, according to the statement.