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Top South Korean Imports from the World
In 2017, South Korea bought US$478.4 billion worth of imported products up by 17.8% from 2016 to 2017 but down by -7.2% since 2013.
Top 10 South Korean Imports from China

China's exports to South Korea amounted to
$97.9 billion or 20.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Electrical machinery, equipment: $32.5 billion
  2. Machinery including computers: $13.2 billion
  3. Iron, steel: $7.1 billion
  4. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $4.2 billion
  5. Articles of iron or steel: $3.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $3.1 billion
  7. Inorganic chemicals: $2.9 billion
  8. Plastics, plastic articles: $2.6 billion
  9. Clothing, accessories (not knit or crochet): $2.1 billion
10. Furniture, lighting, signs, prefab buildings: $2 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$55.1 billion or 11.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery including computers: $13.9 billion
  2. Electrical machinery, equipment: $8.9 billion
  3. Iron, steel: $5.1 billion
  4. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $4.3 billion
  5. Plastics, plastic articles: $3.4 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $3.2 billion
  7. Vehicles : $2.1 billion
  8. Other chemical goods: $1.9 billion
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.8 billion
10. Articles of iron or steel: $1.1 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from the US

America's exports to South Korea amounted to
$50.9 billion or 10.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery including computers: $9.9 billion
  2. Electrical machinery, equipment: $7.1 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $4.6 billion
  4. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $4.3 billion
  5. Vehicles : $2.1 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.7 billion
  7. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.7 billion
  8. Meat: $1.7 billion
  9. Plastics, plastic articles: $1.5 billion
10. Other chemical goods: $1.4 billion
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to South Korea amounted to
$19.7 billion or 4.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles : $5.4 billion
  2. Machinery including computers: $3.7 billion
  3. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $2.2 billion
  4. Electrical machinery, equipment: $2 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $1 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $778 million
  7. Plastics, plastic articles: $543.4 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $486.8 million
  9. Meat: $385.5 million
10. Articles of iron or steel: $287.6 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to South Korea amounted to $19.6 billion or 4.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $18.4 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $530.8 million
  3. Inorganic chemicals: $209.3 million
  4. Copper: $173 million
  5. Aluminum: $116.6 million
  6. Plastics, plastic articles: $110.7 million
  7. Lead: $14.1 million
  8. Fish:$9.5 million
  9. Glass: $5.9 million
10. Electrical machinery, equipment: $3.7 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$19.1 billion or 4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $9.4 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $5 billion
  3. Meat: $1.2 billion
  4. Sugar, sugar confectionery: $794.5 million
  5. Aluminum: $743.5 million
  6. Cereals: $308.1 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $211.6 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $145.6 million
  9. Oil seeds: $124 million
10. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $103.2 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$18.1 billion or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electrical machinery, equipment: $11.6 billion
  2. Machinery including computers: $1.7 billion
  3. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $1.2 billion
  4. Iron, steel: $597.2 million
  5. Plastics, plastic articles: $565.9 million
  6. Organic chemicals: $560.1 million
  7. Copper: $220.5 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $190.3 million
  9. Articles of iron or steel: $135.4 million
10. Vehicles : $126.2 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to South Korea amounted to
$16.2 billion or 3.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electrical machinery, equipment: $6.5 billion
  2. Clothing, access. (not knit or crochet): $2 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing, access.: $855.6 million
  4. Machinery including computers: $835.1 million
  5. Footwear: $782.6 million
  6. Optical, technical, medical: $566 million
  7. Fish:$559.7 million
  8. Wood: $508.3 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, prefab bldngs: $321.2 million
10. Misc. textiles, worn clothing: $223 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Russia

Russia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$12 billion or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $8.9 billion
  2. Fish:$860 million
  3. Iron, steel: $531.6 million
  4. Aluminum: $411.2 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $278.4 million
  6. Cereals: $207.6 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $190.6 million
  8. Wood: $155 million
  9. Ores, slag, ash: $97 million
10. Woodpulp: $92.9 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Qatar

Qatar's exports to South Korea amounted to
$11.3 billion or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $10.9 billion
  2. Aluminum: $231.5 million
  3. Fertilizers: $28.2 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $22.2 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $22.2 million
  6. Plastics, plastic articles: $16.3 million
  7. Copper: $10.5 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $4 million
  9. Electrical machinery, equipment: $2.1 million
10. Articles of iron or steel: $1.3 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Kuwait

Kuwait's exports to South Korea amounted to
$9.6 billion or 2% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $9.5 billion
  2. Ships, boats: $120.5 million
  3. Copper: $16.6 million
  4. Other chemical goods: $7.7 million
  5. Aluminum: $5.4 million
  6. Organic chemicals: $3.8 million
  7. Woodpulp: $561,000
  8. Iron, steel: $411,000
  9. Plastics, plastic articles: $390,000
10. Machinery including computers: $147,000
Fastest-Growing South Korean Imports 2017
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