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RoK’s exports to Việt Nam surge in Q1

Update: April, 18/2016 - 08:30
A production line of RoK's Samsung Electronics. — Photo VNA

SEOUL — The Republic of Korea (RoK) exported more to Việt Nam in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year, while its exports to other nations, particularly China, dropped significantly, reported the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) on April 17.

In the first three months, the RoK sold commodities worth US$7 billion to Viet Nam – its third biggest importer, representing a 7.6-percent annual increase. By contrast, revenue of the country’s shipments to its number one importer China fell by 15.7 percent annually to $28.5 billion, the highest drop in the past seven years.

Regarding the types of products, the number of exported conductors, flat screens, petrochemical products, auto spare parts and synthetic materials plunged during the given period.

Park Jin-woo, head of KITA’s market research office, said China had invested heavily in expanding local conductors manufacturing to reduce imports.

He advised Korean firms to exploit the potential of the household-article market.

Also in Q1, the RoK’s export value to the US and Japan decreased by 3.3 and 13.1 percent to $16.8 billion and $5.5 billion, respectively. — VNS

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