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2019
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Exports
: $74.8B, Rnk 2 / 215

2019
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Top Product
: $16.1B, Cars

2019
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Exports
: $57.6B, Rnk 6 / 218

2019
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Top Product
: $8.81B, Crude Petroleum

2019
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Economic Complexity (ECI)
: ECI 1.95, Rnk 5 / 157

2019
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Economic Complexity (ECI)
: ECI 1.63, Rnk 10 / 157

2019
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GDP
: $1.65T, CURRENT US$
Rnk 12 / 187

2009-2019
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GDP GROWTH
: 74.5%, CURRENT US$
Rnk 52 / 187

2019
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 GDP
: $21.4T, CURRENT US$
Rnk 1 / 187

2009-2019
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GDP GROWTH
: 48.3%, CURRENT US$
Rnk 96 / 187

2019
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GDP PC 
: $31,846, CURRENT US$
Rnk 32 / 187

2009-2019
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GDP PC GROWTH
: 66.4%, CURRENT US$
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2019
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GDP PC 
: $65,298, CURRENT US$
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2009-2019
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GDP PC GROWTH
: 38.6%, CURRENT US$
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South Korea-United States: In 2019, South Korea exported $74.8B to United States. The main products that South Korea exported to United States are Cars ($16.1B), Vehicle Parts ($5.15B), and Office Machine Parts ($4.58B). During the last 24 years the exports of South Korea to United States have increased at an annualized rate of 4.79%, from $24.3B in 1995 to $74.8B in 2019.

In 2005, South Korea exported services to United States worth $11.3B, with Transportation ($5.54B), Other business services ($3.23B), and Government services, n.i.e. ($855M) being the largest in terms of value.

United States-South Korea: In 2019, United States exported $57.6B to South Korea . The main products that United States exported to South Korea were Crude Petroleum ($8.81B), Petroleum Gas ($3.58B), and Integrated Circuits ($3.13B). During the last 24 years the exports of United States to South Korea have increased at an annualized rate of 3.2%, from $27.1B in 1995 to $57.6B in 2019.

In 2011, United States exported services to South Korea worth $13.3B, with Travel ($5.9B), Royalties and license fees ($4.53B), and Transportation ($2.23B) being the largest in terms of value.

Comparison: In 2019,  South Korea ranked 5 in the Economic Complexity Index (ECI 1.95), and 6 in total exports ($555B). That same year, United States ranked 10 in the Economic Complexity Index (ECI 1.63), and 2 in total exports ($1.51T).

Bilateral Trade by Products

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In 2019, South Korea exported $74.8B to United States. The main products exported from South Korea to United States were Cars ($16.1B), Vehicle Parts ($5.15B), and Office Machine Parts ($4.58B). During the last 24 years the exports of South Korea to United States have increased at an annualized rate of 4.79%, from $24.3B in 1995 to $74.8B in 2019.

In 2019, United States exported $57.6B to South Korea. The main products exported from United States to South Korea were Crude Petroleum ($8.81B), Petroleum Gas ($3.58B), and Integrated Circuits ($3.13B). During the last 24 years the exports of United States to South Korea have increased at an annualized rate of 3.2%, from $27.1B in 1995 to $57.6B in 2019.

Market Competitiveness

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South Korea
Top Destination
: China, $136B

United States
Top Destination
: Canada, $252B

This map shows whether countries import more from South Korea or United States. Each country is colored based on the difference in imports they receive from South Korea and United States or the difference in the growth in imports.

In 2019, countries that imported more from South Korea than United States were Vietnam ($47.8B), China ($136B), and Marshall Islands ($3.44B).

In 2019, countries that imported more from United States than South Korea were Canada ($252B), Mexico ($235B), and Germany ($59.8B).

Comparative Advantage South Korea - United States

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This chart compares trade between South Korea and United States by product, considering products traded by both, South Korea and United States.

During 2019, South Korea had a large net trade with United States in the exports of Machines ($28.1B), Transportation ($22.7B), and Metals ($5.13B).

During 2019, United States had a large net trade with South Korea in the exports of Mineral Products ($14.2B), Machines ($10.8B), and Chemical Products ($7.12B).

Tariff Section

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This section shows import tariffs for products traded between South Korea and United States (using the HS6 product classification and the last year reported).

In 2018, the products from South Korea that paid the highest import tariffs to enter United States were Rice in the husk (paddy or rough) (513%) and Rice, husked (brown) (513%).

In 2018, the products from United States that paid the highest import tariffs to enter South Korea were Tobacco, unmanufactured, not stemmed or stripped (52.5%) and Waterproof footwear (Wellingtons etc), metal toe cap (37.5%).

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*The tariffs present between South Korea and United States are:
136: Most Favoured Nation duty rate treatement
329: Preferential tariff for United States under (AUSFTA) Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement

Bilateral Service Trade

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In 2005, South Korea exported services to United States worth $11.3B, with Transportation ($5.54B), Other business services ($3.23B), and Government services, n.i.e. ($855M) being the largest in terms of value.

In 2011, United States exported services to South Korea worth $13.3B, with Travel ($5.9B), Royalties and license fees ($4.53B), and Transportation ($2.23B) being the largest in terms of value.

Service trade data is presented based on availability.

Economic Complexity

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Competitive Landscape

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This visualization show the product space at the HS4 level colored from blue to red.  This mean that the more blue a dot/product is, the more South Korea has comparative advantage over United States. Similarly, the more red a dot/product is, the more United States has comparative advantage over South Korea.