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Top South Korean Imports from the World
In 2018, South Korea bought US$535.2 billion worth of imported products up by 1.8% since 2014 and up by 11.9% from 2017 to 2018.
Top 10 South Korean Imports from China

China's exports to South Korea amounted to
$106.5 billion or 19.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $34.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $15.5 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $5.7 billion
  4. Inorganic chemicals: $4.4 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $4.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $3.9 billion
  7. Iron or steel products: $3.2 billion
  8. Plastics: $3 billion
  9. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.2 billion
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $2.1 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from the US

America's exports to South Korea amounted to
$59.1 billion or 11% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $11.2 billion
  2. Machinery: $8.8 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $6.2 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $4.3 billion
  5. Meat: $2.2 billion
  6. Vehicles: $2.2 billion
  7. Organic chemicals: $2.2 billion
  8. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.1 billion
  9. Cereals: $1.9 billion
10. Plastics: $1.7 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$54.6 billion or 10.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $12.4 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $8.2 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $5.6 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $4.2 billion
  5. Plastics: $3.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $2.8 billion
  7. Other chemical goods: $2.3 billion
  8. Mineral fuels including oil: $2.2 billion
  9. Vehicles: $2.1 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $1.3 billion
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$26.3 billion or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $25 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $569.8 million
  3. Inorganic chemicals: $196.3 million
  4. Plastics: $191.5 million
  5. Copper: $143.9 million
  6. Aluminum: $131.8 million
  7. Fish: $11.9 million
  8. Lead: $10.5 million
  9. Ores, slag, ash: $8.7 million
10. Fertilizers: $8.1 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to South Korea amounted to
$20.9 billion or 3.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.9 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $2.2 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $2 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $976.8 million
  6. Organic chemicals: $795 million
  7. Plastics: $611.3 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $573.8 million
  9. Meat: $368.3 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $289 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$20.7 billion or 3.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $11.1 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $4.9 billion
  3. Meat: $1.3 billion
  4. Aluminum: $734.6 million
  5. Sugar: $432.9 million
  6. Cereals: $344.3 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $290 million
  8. Nickel: $165.9 million
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $141.9 million
10. Oil seed: $122.6 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to South Korea amounted to
$19.6 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $7.7 billion
  2. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.4 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $1.1 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $986.1 million
  5. Footwear: $966.2 million
  6. Machinery: $903.6 million
  7. Wood: $789.1 million
  8. Fish: $647.3 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $376.2 million
10. Other textiles, worn clothing: $269.8 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Russia

Russia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$17.5 billion or 3.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $14.2 billion
  2. Fish: $908.6 million
  3. Iron and steel: $505.1 million
  4. Aluminum: $343.9 million
  5. Cereals: $302.4 million
  6. Gems, precious metals: $270.6 million
  7. Inorganic chemicals: $230.2 million
  8. Wood: $168 million
  9. Woodpulp: $125.3 million
10. Ores, slag, ash: $106.8 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$16.7 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $11.2 billion
  2. Medical, technical equipment: $944.3 million
  3. Machinery: $898.6 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $783.8 million
  5. Plastics: $586.5 million
  6. Iron and steel: $505.9 million
  7. Copper: $242.1 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $190 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $183.1 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $123.2 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Qatar

Qatar's exports to South Korea amounted to
$16.3 billion or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $16 billion
  2. Aluminum: $176.2 million
  3. Fertilizers: $47.5 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $32.8 million
  5. Plastics: $28.7 million
  6. Inorganic chemicals: $26 million
  7. Copper: $25.3 million
  8. Ores, slag, ash: $5.6 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $2.4 million
10. Machinery: $1 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Kuwait

Kuwait's exports to South Korea amounted to
$12.8 billion or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $12.8 billion
  2. Other chemical goods: $11.5 million
  3. Copper: $6.9 million
  4. Aluminum: $4.2 million
  5. Ores, slag, ash: $2.9 million
  6. Machinery: $1.3 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $917,000
  8. Plastics: $382,000
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $78,000
10. Vehicles: $62,000
Fastest-Growing South Korean Imports 2018
Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include 
re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis