South Korea: Terms of trade

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 South Korea

Terms of trade, base year = 2000

 Latest value 92.30
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1980 - 2021
 Average 160.90
 Min - Max 85.04 - 234.57
 Source The United Nations
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1980 to 2021. The average value for South Korea during that period was 160.9 percent with a minimum of 85.04 percent in 2012 and a maximum of 234.57 percent in 1995. The latest value from 2021 is 92.3 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 189 countries is 109.62 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
South Korea - Terms of trade - Recent values chart

Historical chart
South Korea - Terms of trade - historical chart - 1980-2021




The terms of trade for South Korea are calculated as the value of its exports as percent of the value of its imports. An increase in the terms of trade means that the value of exports is increasing relative to the value of imports. The country can afford to buy more imports with the revenue from its exports. For example, an increase in the price of oil increases (improves) the terms of trade for the oil-exporting countries and lowers it for the other countries.
Definition: Net barter terms of trade index is calculated as the percentage ratio of the export unit value indexes to the import unit value indexes, measured relative to the base year 2015.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Terms of trade 92.30 2021 percent
 Trade openness 96.54 2022 percent
 Financial openness 2.299 2021 index points
 Exports, percent of GDP 48.27 2022 percent
 Exports, billion dollars 753.55 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Growth of exports 3.43 2022 percent
 Imports, percent of GDP 48.26 2022 percent
 Imports, billion dollars 752.67 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP 1.08 2022 percent
 Foreign Direct Investment, billion dollars 25.04 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Portfolio investment inflows, equities 11,622.50 2023 million dollars (current)
 Current account, percent of GDP 3.50 2022 percent
 Current account, in dollars 35.49 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Trade balance, percent of GDP 0.01 2022 percent
 Trade balance, in dollars 8.43 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Reserves 423.37 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Remittances, percent of GDP 0.47 2022 percent
 Remittances 7,824.50 2022 million U.S. dollars
 Net errors and omissions -3,137.60 2023 million USD
 Foreign exchange reserves 414.10 9/2023 billion
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