Vietnam becomes largest importer of RoK for first time

The Republic of Korea (RoK) posted a trade surplus of 34.26 billion USD with Vietnam in 2022, according to the country's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE).
Vietnam becomes largest importer of RoK
A yarn production line of KSA Polymer Hanoi JSC invested by the RoK at Thuy Van Industrial Park in Phu Tho province (Photo: VNA)

This is the first time Vietnam has become the largest trade partner of the RoK.

The Ministry reported that the RoK’s export turnover to Vietnam last year totaled 60.98 billion USD, while it spent 26.72 billion USD on importing goods from Vietnam.

An official from the Ministry said that among the ASEAN countries, Vietnam is emerging as a production base for global companies, adding that Korean businesses are constantly making inroads into the Vietnamese market.

After Vietnam, RoK had large trade surplus with the US with 28.04 billion USD, Hong Kong (China) 25.79 billion USD, India 9.98 billion USD, and Singapore 9.86 billion USD.

Last year, the RoK’s export turnover hit a high record of 683.9 billion USD, leaping to the sixth position in the world. However, it also recorded a record high trade deficit of 47.2 billion USD as its imports soared amid rising energy prices.

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(Source: VNA)