S. Korea's exports soar 81% on May 1-10 mainly due to chips, autos, petroleum products
South Korea's exports soared 81.2 percent on-year to $12.5 billion in the May 1-10 period from $6.9 billion a year earlier as global economic recovery kept robust the shipments of chips, autos, and petroleum goods.
The 51.5 percent on-year increase in imports to $14.6 billion resulted in a $2.1 billion trade deficit during the cited period.
Outbound shipments of autos soared 358.4 percent on-year while those of memory chips rose 52 percent on-year.
Semiconductors accounted for about 20 percent of South Korean exports while autos made up around 7 percent of total exports.
Petroleum product exports surged 128.2 percent on-year while shipments of telecommunication products expanded 97.2 percent due to demand created by remote learning and work.
US-bound shipments jumped 139.2 percent on-year while those going to China increased 45.5 percent.
Exports, which account for half of the South Korean economy, advanced 41.1 percent on year to extend their gains to a sixth consecutive month.
Last year, the country's overseas shipments came to $512.8 billion, down 5.4 percent from the previous year due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In February, the Bank of Korea revised up its 2021 growth forecast of exports to 7.1 percent from its estimate of 5.3 percent in November.