Merchandise Exports in Korea
Merchandise exports in Korea were worth USD 684 billion in 2022 compared to USD 560 billion ten years earlier, and averaged USD 572 billion over the last decade. For more exports information, visit our dedicated page.
Korea Merchandise Exports Chart
Korea Merchandise Exports Data
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|Merchandise Exports (ann. var. %)||5.4||-10.4||-5.5||25.7||6.1|
Merchandise exports rise for first time since September 2022 in October
Merchandise exports rose 5.1% in annual terms in October (September: -4.4% year on year). The figure marked the fastest increase since August 2022 and marked the first rise after 12 months of contractions. Meanwhile, merchandise imports contracted 9.7% on an annual basis in October (September: -16.5% yoy), marking the strongest result since March 2023. As a result, the merchandise trade balance deteriorated from the previous month, recording a USD 1.6 billion surplus in October (September 2023: USD 3.7 billion surplus; October 2022: USD 6.7 billion deficit). Lastly, the trend improved, with the 12-month trailing merchandise trade balance recording a USD 29.9 billion deficit in October, compared to the USD 38.3 billion deficit in September.
Analysts at ING said: “Solid vehicle and machinery exports, along with signs of improvement in chip exports [suggest] that global demand conditions are holding up well. However, the weak manufacturing PMI hints that the expected export recovery will only be modest.” Analysts at Nomura said: “With a recovery in the chip cycle, positive base effects and stabilizing demand, we expect exports to record high-single to double-digit growth over the next six months.”
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