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South Korea’s trade ties with China weaken

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 17/11/2016 (17:49)
According to the Korea International Trade Association, South Korea had a trade surplus of $29.9 billion in its trade with China in the January-October period of 2016. This result indicated a decrease of 24% year on year while this was larger than the 12% contraction in South Korea’s total exports in the same period. The trade surplus is expected to reach $35.7 billion at the end of 2016. South Korea had its all-time high trade surplus with China in 2013 as it was reported to stand at $62.8 billion.

This surplus can be attributed to the declining economic growth of China, which also directly affects the exports from South Korea. South Korea’s exports to China fell consistently from $145.8 billion in 2013 to $137.1 billion in 2015 and finally to $100.6 billion in the first 10 months of 2016.

This drop can also be visibly seen in South Korea’s polymer export to China. According to ChemOrbis Import Statistics, South Korea’s polymer exports to China have been steadily falling since 2013. They decreased by 7.7% on a yearly basis to around 2.7 million tons in 2014, by 4.37% in 2015 to around 2.6 million tons while polymer exports from South Korea to China were down by 6.47% to around 1.8 million tons in the first three quarters of 2016 on yearly basis.

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