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Top South Korean Imports from the World
In 2019, South Korea bought US$503.3 billion worth of imported products up by 15.3% since 2015 and down by -6.0% from 2018 to 2019.
Top 10 South Korean Imports from China

China's exports to South Korea amounted to
$107.2 billion or 21.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $39.2 billion
  2. Machinery: $14.6 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $5.4 billion
  4. Iron or steel products: $3.8 billion
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $3.8 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $3.7 billion
  7. Plastics: $3 billion
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $2.8 billion
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $2.2 billion
10. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.1 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from the US

America's exports to South Korea amounted to
$62.1 billion or 12.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $15.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $7.5 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $6.5 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $4.1 billion
  5. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.5 billion
  6. Meat: $2.4 billion
  7. Vehicles: $2.2 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $2 billion
  9. Plastics: $1.7 billion
10. Pharmaceuticals: $1.6 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$47.6 billion or 9.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $8.5 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $7.7 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $5.2 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $3.6 billion
  5. Plastics: $3.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $2.6 billion
  7. Other chemical goods: $2.3 billion
  8. Vehicles: $2.1 billion
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.7 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $1.2 billion
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$21.8 billion or 4.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $20.9 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $318.2 million
  3. Plastics: $166.1 million
  4. Copper: $161.6 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $120.9 million
  6. Aluminum: $93.8 million
  7. Lead: $19.8 million
  8. Ores, slag, ash: $11.5 million
  9. Fish: $7.1 million
10. Iron or steel products: $4.7 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to South Korea amounted to
$21.1 billion or 4.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $9.3 billion
  2. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.4 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.3 billion
  4. Knit or crochet clothing: $1.2 billion
  5. Footwear: $1 billion
  6. Wood: $654.2 million
  7. Fish: $583.6 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $422.4 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $398 million
10. Other textiles, worn clothing: $286.4 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$20.6 billion or 4.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $10.1 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $5.9 billion
  3. Meat: $1.3 billion
  4. Aluminum: $651 million
  5. Sugar: $361.5 million
  6. Cereals: $345.4 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $305.6 million
  8. Nickel: $250.2 million
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $164.3 million
10. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $113.3 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to South Korea amounted to
$19.9 billion or 4% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.6 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $1.9 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $1.8 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $1.1 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $761.5 million
  7. Plastics: $558.5 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $533.9 million
  9. Meat: $347.9 million
10. Iron or steel products: $272.6 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$15.7 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $10.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $838.3 million
  3. Organic chemicals: $563.2 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $518.6 million
  5. Plastics: $487.4 million
  6. Iron and steel: $439.6 million
  7. Mineral fuels including oil: $298.5 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $234.4 million
  9. Copper: $226.6 million
10. Other chemical goods: $186.4 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Russia

Russia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$14.5 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $11.7 billion
  2. Fish: $920.2 million
  3. Iron and steel: $431.5 million
  4. Gems, precious metals: $324.5 million
  5. Aluminum: $299.4 million
  6. Inorganic chemicals: $243.9 million
  7. Wood: $143.7 million
  8. Woodpulp: $93.9 million
  9. Ores, slag, ash: $54.9 million
10. Other base metals: $35.4 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Qatar

Qatar's exports to South Korea amounted to
$13 billion or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $12.6 billion
  2. Aluminum: $185.8 million
  3. Fertilizers: $54 million
  4. Ships, boats: $44 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $37.6 million
  6. Plastics: $31.7 million
  7. Copper: $20.4 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $12.5 million
  9. Iron and steel: $10.1 million
10. Electronic equipment: $7.4 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Kuwait

Kuwait's exports to South Korea amounted to
$10.8 billion or 2.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $10.7 billion
  2. Other chemical goods: $11.6 million
  3. Copper: $8.6 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $6.2 million
  5. Aluminum: $2.4 million
  6. Machinery: $403,000
  7. Lead: $296,000
  8. Plastics: $284,000
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $227,000
10. Vehicles: $209,000
Fastest-Growing South Korean Imports 2019
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

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