South Korea's trade surplus plunged to USD 4.20 billion in September 2021 from USD 8.42 billion in the same month a year earlier, reflecting the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that deteriorated the global trade, a preliminary reading showed. Exports increased by 16.7 percent year-on-year to USD 55.83 billion, while imports expanded at a faster 31.0 percent to USD 51.62 billion. Considering the first nine months of the year, the trade surplus narrowed slightly to USD 25.94 billion from USD 26.54 in the same period of 2020. source: Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE)

Balance of Trade in South Korea averaged 1166.02 USD Million from 1966 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 13419.36 USD Million in September of 2017 and a record low of -4043.46 USD Million in January of 2008. This page provides the latest reported value for - South Korea Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Korea Balance of Trade - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Balance of Trade in South Korea is expected to be 6750.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the South Korea Balance of Trade is projected to trend around 6700.00 USD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Korea Balance of Trade


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-09-01 12:00 AM Aug $1.67B $1.77B $3B
2021-10-01 12:00 AM Sep $4.20B $1.67B $ 6.8B
2021-11-01 12:00 AM Oct $4.20B $3.90B


News Stream
South Korea Trade Surplus Sinks in September
South Korea's trade surplus plunged to USD 4.20 billion in September 2021 from USD 8.42 billion in the same month a year earlier, reflecting the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that deteriorated the global trade, a preliminary reading showed. Exports increased by 16.7 percent year-on-year to USD 55.83 billion, while imports expanded at a faster 31.0 percent to USD 51.62 billion. Considering the first nine months of the year, the trade surplus narrowed slightly to USD 25.94 billion from USD 26.54 in the same period of 2020.
2021-10-01
South Korea Posts Smallest Trade Surplus in 4 Months
South Korea's trade surplus decreased sharply to USD 1.67 billion in August 2021 from USD 3.65 billion in the same month a year earlier, a preliminary reading showed This was the smallest trade surplus since April, amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Exports increased by 34.9 percent year-on-year to USD 53.93 billion, while imports expanded at a faster 44.0 percent to USD 51.56 billion. Considering the first eight months of the year, the trade surplus widened to USD 21.74 billion from USD 18.12 in the same period of 2020.
2021-09-01
South Korea Trade Surplus Smallest in 3 Months
South Korea's trade surplus decreased to USD 1.76 billion in July 2021 from USD 3.94 billion in the same month a year earlier, due to a surge in imports, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Exports rose 29.6 percent year-on-year to a record high of USD 55.40 billion, while imports jumped 38.2 percent to an all-time high of USD 53.60 billion. Considering the first seven months of the year, the trade surplus widened sharply to USD 20.07 billion from USD 14.47 in the same period of 2020.
2021-08-01

South Korea Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Balance of Trade 4200.00 USD Million Sep/21 1650.00 13419.36 -4043.46
Imports 51624.00 USD Million Sep/21 51564.90 53649.73 38.61
Exports 55826.00 USD Million Sep/21 53211.12 55826.00 14.75


South Korea Balance of Trade
South Korea remained as a net exporter for the 11th consecutive year in 2019 with a trade surplus of USD 39.2 billion, despite a downturn in semiconductors, petrochemicals, and petroleum products industry and challenges such as the US-China trade dispute, Japan’s restrictions on exports, Brexit, and Hong Kong protests.