Overview: In 2019 South Korea was the number 12 economy in the world in terms of GDP (current US$), the number 6 in total exports, the number 9 in total imports,
the number 32 economy in terms of GDP per capita (current US$) and the number 5 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI).
Exports: The top exports of South Korea are Integrated Circuits ($85.2B), Cars ($40.8B), Refined Petroleum ($38.9B), Vehicle Parts ($18.5B), and Passenger and Cargo Ships ($17.1B), exporting mostly to China ($136B), United States ($74.8B), Vietnam ($47.8B), Hong Kong ($31.6B), and Japan ($28.3B).
In 2019, South Korea was the world's biggest exporter of Passenger and Cargo Ships ($17.1B), Cyclic Hydrocarbons ($9.07B), Styrene Polymers ($3.5B), Synthetic Rubber ($2.76B), and Polycarboxylic Acids ($2.58B)
Imports: The top imports of South Korea are Crude Petroleum ($67.4B), Integrated Circuits ($34.3B), Petroleum Gas ($21.8B), Refined Petroleum ($18.4B), and Coal Briquettes ($11.8B), importing mostly from China ($108B), United States ($57.6B), Japan ($44.9B), Vietnam ($20.3B), and Saudi Arabia ($19.5B).
In 2019, South Korea was the world's biggest importer of Carbonates ($651M), Inorganic Compounds ($650M), Starch Residue ($444M), Cobalt Oxides and Hydroxides ($236M), and Other Carbon Paper ($86.5M)
Location: South Korea borders North Korea by land and China and Japan by sea.