South Korea is the 5th largest export economy in the world and the 5th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2016, South Korea exported $515B and imported $398B, resulting in a positive trade balance of $117B. In 2016 the GDP of South Korea was $1.41T and its GDP per capita was $36.5k.
The top exports of South Korea are Integrated Circuits ($68.3B), Cars ($38.4B), Refined Petroleum ($24.8B), Passenger and Cargo Ships ($23B) and Vehicle Parts ($20.1B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Crude Petroleum ($40.9B), Integrated Circuits ($29.3B), Petroleum Gas ($14.4B), Refined Petroleum ($10.8B) and Cars ($9.3B).
The top export destinations of South Korea are China ($121B), the United States ($70.1B), Vietnam ($32.6B), Hong Kong ($31.6B) and Japan ($23.8B). The top import origins are China ($87.2B), Japan ($46.4B), the United States ($41.9B), Germany ($19.3B) and Other Asia ($16.2B).