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Top South Korean Imports from the World
In 2016, South Korea bought US$406.1 billion worth of imported products down by -21.9% since 2012 and down by -7% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 South Korean Imports from China

China's exports to South Korea amounted to
$87 billion or 21.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $28.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $11 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $6.5 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $3.5 billion
  5. Iron or steel products: $3.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $2.6 billion
  7. Plastics: $2.2 billion
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.1 billion
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $1.9 billion
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $1.9 billion
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$47.5 billion or 11.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $9.9 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $8.3 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $4.4 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $3.6 billion
  5. Plastics: $3.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $2.7 billion
  7. Other chemical goods: $1.8 billion
  8. Vehicles: $1.7 billion
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.5 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $964.4 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from the US

America's exports to South Korea amounted to
$43.4 billion or 10.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $6.8 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $6.4 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $3.5 billion
  4. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.8 billion
  5. Vehicles: $2.1 billion
  6. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.9 billion
  7. Organic chemicals: $1.6 billion
  8. Plastics: $1.5 billion
  9. Meat: $1.4 billion
10. Pharmaceuticals: $1.3 billion
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to South Korea amounted to
$18.9 billion or 4.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $5.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.5 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $2 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $1.8 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $839.9 million
  6. Organic chemicals: $789.1 million
  7. Plastics: $481.1 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $443.6 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $314.8 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $311.6 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to South Korea amounted to
$16.4 billion or 4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $11.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.1 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $530.6 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $457.4 million
  5. Plastics: $433.4 million
  6. Iron and steel: $356.6 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $218.7 million
  8. Copper: $185.9 million
  9. Vehicles: $141.4 million
10. Iron or steel products: $114.4 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to South Korea amounted
to $15.7 billion or 3.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $14.9 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $379.3 million
  3. Aluminum: $193.1 million
  4. Copper: $87 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $79.6 million
  6. Plastics: $45.1 million
  7. Fish: $9.1 million
  8. Fertilizers: $7.9 million
  9. Glass: $6.6 million
10. Lead: $6.4 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$15.2 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.5 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $4.1 billion
  3. Meat: $1.2 billion
  4. Aluminum: $814.3 million
  5. Sugar: $674.1 million
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $298.8 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $187.7 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $115.3 million
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $106.1 million
10. Copper: $103.3 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to South Korea amounted to
$12.5 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $4.7 billion
  2. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $1.7 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $708.5 million
  4. Machinery: $692.7 million
  5. Footwear: $628 million
  6. Fish: $471.4 million
  7. Wood: $425.4 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $306.6 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $273 million
10. Other textiles, worn clothing: $175.9 million
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Qatar

Qatar's exports to South Korea amounted to
$10.1 billion or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $9.7 billion
  2. Aluminum: $180 million
  3. Ships, boats: $91.7 million
  4. Fertilizers: $28.2 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $26.6 million
  6. Plastics: $14.3 million
  7. Copper: $6.1 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $5.9 million
  9. Machinery: $443,000
10. Electronic equipment: $290,000
Top 10 South Korean Imports from Russia

Russia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$8.6 billion or 2.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.1 billion
  2. Fish: $695.4 million
  3. Iron and steel: $375.1 million
  4. Aluminum: $293.5 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $252.6 million
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $221.7 million
  7. Wood: $135.7 million
  8. Woodpulp: $91.8 million
  9. Ores, slag, ash: $90.1 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $53.9 million
Top 10 S. Korean Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to South Korea amounted to
$8.3 billion or 2% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.5 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $495.1 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $361.6 million
  4. Wood: $327.5 million
  5. Iron and steel: $292.8 million
  6. Footwear: $289.8 million
  7. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $272.1 million
  8. Rubber: $257 million
  9. Knit or crochet clothing: $217.1 million
10. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $203 million
Fastest-Growing South Korean Imports 2016
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