Imports from South Korea increased 0.9 percent from a year earlier in December 2018 to USD 43.91 billion, far lower than a 11.5 percent rise in November and missing market expectations of a 4.2 percent growth. Considering January to December 2018, purchases jumped 11.8 percent to USD 505.0 billion. Imports in South Korea averaged 13212.83 USD Million from 1966 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 48486.10 USD Million in October of 2018 and a record low of 38.61 USD Million in January of 1966.

Imports in South Korea is expected to be 44870.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in South Korea to stand at 44900.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Korea Imports is projected to trend around 45000.00 USD Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-10-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY -2.1% 9.4% 3.1%
2018-11-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY 27.9% -1.6% 19%
2018-12-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY 11.4% 28.1% 12%
2019-01-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY 0.9% 11.5% 4.2%
2019-02-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY 0.9%
2019-03-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY
2019-04-01 12:00 AM Imports YoY


South Korea Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 4558.00 4931.19 13419.36 -4043.46 USD Million [+]
Current Account 5063.40 9190.00 12287.50 -3756.80 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 5.60 7.00 10.70 -10.50 percent [+]
Imports 43906.00 46834.52 48486.10 38.61 USD Million [+]
Exports 48646.00 51765.72 55115.24 14.75 USD Million [+]
External Debt 449529.10 440543.60 452718.00 80766.40 USD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 95.90 97.10 237.00 86.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 7698000.00 3448981.00 10819799.00 0.00 USD Thousand [+]
Capital Flows 4247.90 10670.50 12440.20 -3385.80 USD Million [+]
Tourism Revenues 1261800.00 1530400.00 1765400.00 326500.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1350390.00 1527832.00 1703495.00 213006.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 104.40 104.40 104.44 13.00 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 0.61 0.23 2.62 0.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 587.00 585.00 587.00 7.00 USD Million [+]

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South Korea Imports

South Korea imports mainly petroleum, petroleum products, related materials (16 percent of total imports), electrical machinery, apparatus, appliances and electrical parts thereof (13 percent) and food, live animals (5 percent) and natural gas (5 percent). Other imports include metalliferous ores, metal scrap, iron, steel, industrial machinery and equipment. Main import partners are China (21 percent of total imports), Japan (11 percent), the United States (10 percent) and Germany (5 percent). Others include: Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Qatar, Australia (4 percent each) and Russia (3 percent). This page provides the latest reported value for - South Korea Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Korea Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
43906.00 46834.52 48486.10 38.61 1966 - 2018 USD Million Monthly




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