Overview: In 2018 South Korea was the number 12 economy in the world in terms of GDP (current US$), the number 5 in total exports, the number 10 in total imports, and the number 5 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2018, South Korea exported $617B and imported $509B, resulting in a positive trade balance of $107B. In 2018, South Korea's exports per capita were $11.9k and its imports per capita were $9.87k.
Trade: The top exports of South Korea are Integrated Circuits ($113B), Refined Petroleum ($43.6B), Cars ($38.7B), Vehicle Parts ($19B), and Office Machine Parts ($18.8B). The top imports of South Korea are Crude Petroleum ($74.8B), Integrated Circuits ($32B), Petroleum Gas ($23B), Refined Petroleum ($20.2B), and Coal Briquettes ($14.1B).
Destinations: South Korea exports mostly to China ($160B), United States ($73.1B), Vietnam ($48.6B), Hong Kong ($44.5B), and Japan ($30.8B), and imports mostly from China ($107B), United States ($55.8B), Japan ($51.5B), Saudi Arabia ($23.5B), and Germany ($20.4B).
Location: South Korea borders North Korea by land and China and Japan by sea.