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Korea's exports down 19.5 pct in first 20 days of October

All Headlines 09:29 October 21, 2019

SEJONG, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports fell 19.5 percent in the first 20 days of October mainly due to decreased shipments of semiconductors and ships, customs data showed Monday.

The country's exports stood at US$26.8 billion in the October 1-20 period, compared with $33.3 billion in the same period last year, according to the Korea Customs Service.

By product, exports of semiconductors and petroleum products fell 28.8 percent and 38.4 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, outbound shipments of wireless communications devices and electronic products rose 44.8 percent and 11.7 percent, respectively, according to the data.

South Korea imported goods worth $25.4 billion in the 20-day period, down 20.1 percent from a year earlier.

This undated file photo shows containers carrying export goods in the southern city of Busan, South Korea's largest seaport. (Yonhap)


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