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The paper examines the role of existing products and new products on export performance for Asian developing countries in 1990-2017. The method of export decomposition tracks the sources of export growth consisting of intensive, extensive, and failure margins. Based on SITC revision 3 at 5-digit data, we find the intensive margin (existing products) plays a crucial role in export success for total merchandise and its sub-category compared to the extensive margin (new products). There is less window of opportunity for new products when a country already diversifies highly its export basket. Lastly, failure margin (failure products) is not significantly high.