South Korea is the 5th largest export economy in the world and the 6th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2017, South Korea exported $596B and imported $471B, resulting in a positive trade balance of $124B. In 2017 the GDP of South Korea was $1.53T and its GDP per capita was $38.3k.
The top exports of South Korea are Integrated Circuits ($104B), Cars ($40.1B), Refined Petroleum ($32.6B), Passenger and Cargo Ships ($24.4B) and Vehicle Parts ($19.1B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Crude Petroleum ($56B), Integrated Circuits ($38.6B), Petroleum Gas ($17.3B), Photo Lab Equipment ($13.7B) and Coal Briquettes ($13.3B).
The top export destinations of South Korea are China ($149B), the United States ($69.4B), Vietnam ($47.7B), Hong Kong ($34.8B) and Japan ($26.9B). The top import origins are China ($98.1B), Japan ($54.2B), the United States ($48.7B), Germany ($19.7B) and Other Asia ($18B).