Exports from South Korea declined by 11.1 percent year-on-year to USD 39.56 billion in February 2019, missing market expectations of a 10.8 percent fall and following a 5.8 percent drop in the previous month. It marked the third straight month of decrease in outbound shipments and the steepest since April 2016, amid ongoing Sino-US trade conflict and lower oil prices. Sales of memory chips tumbled 24.8 pct, as global demand for smartphone slowed and major tech firms postponed purchases. Also, exports dropped for petrochemicals (-14.8 pct), amid a decline in crude oil prices. Meantime, sales of ships slumped 46.5 percent. The sharp decline of orders in 2016 continued to exert a negative impact, as takes around two to three years build exports ships. Exports to China, South Korea's top trading partner, contracted 17.4 pct while those to EU dropped 8.5 percent. In contrast, outbound shipments to the US grew for fifth straight month. Exports in South Korea averaged 14357.11 USD Million from 1966 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 55115.24 USD Million in September of 2017 and a record low of 14.75 USD Million in January of 1966.

Exports in South Korea is expected to be 49100.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Exports in South Korea to stand at 51800.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Korea Exports is projected to trend around 50800.00 USD Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-12-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY 4.5% 22.7% 6.6%
2019-01-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY -1.2% 4.1% 3.3%
2019-02-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY -5.8% -1.3% -7% -15%
2019-03-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY -11.1% -5.9% -10.8%
2019-04-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY -11.1%
2019-05-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY
2019-06-01 12:00 AM Exports YoY


South Korea Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 3098.00 1293.92 13419.36 -4043.46 USD Million [+]
Current Account 2772.30 4819.30 12409.70 -3845.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 5.60 7.00 10.70 -10.50 percent [+]
Imports 36466.00 45031.30 48480.62 38.61 USD Million [+]
Exports 39564.00 46325.22 55115.24 14.75 USD Million [+]
External Debt 440598.50 449529.10 452718.00 80766.40 USD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 97.60 98.90 237.00 86.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 7698000.00 3448981.00 10819799.00 0.00 USD Thousand [+]
Capital Flows 2973.80 5585.20 12350.90 -3406.90 USD Million [+]
Tourism Revenues 1085300.00 1238700.00 1765400.00 326500.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1104803.00 1324119.00 1703495.00 213006.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 104.40 104.40 104.44 13.00 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 0.29 0.61 2.62 0.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 587.00 585.00 587.00 7.00 USD Million [+]

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South Korea Exports

South Korea has an export oriented economy and its exports accounts for more than 50% of GDP. The country exports mainly machinery and transport equipment (59 percent of total exports) such as: electrical machinery, apparatus, appliances and electrical parts (18 percent); road vehicles (13 percent); telecommunications, sound recording; reproducing apparatus and equipment (8 percent). Other exports include: petroleum, petroleum products, related materials (6 percent); iron, steel (4 percent) and plastics (4 percent). Major export partners are China (26 percent of total exports), the United States (13 percent) Hong Kong (6 percent), Vietnam, Japan (5 percent each) and Singapore (3 percent). Others include: India, Taiwan, Mexico, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Philippines. This page provides the latest reported value for - South Korea Exports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Korea Exports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
39564.00 46325.22 55115.24 14.75 1966 - 2019 USD Million Monthly




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