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S. Korea's trade with Vietnam up 16.5 pct annually since FTA

All News 13:59 February 20, 2020

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's trade with Vietnam has expanded 16.5 percent annually since the two countries implemented a free trade agreement (FTA) in 2015, data showed Thursday.

The combined trade volume between the two countries reached US$69.2 billion in 2019, compared with $37.6 billion posted in 2015, according to the Korea Customs Service.

South Korea and Vietnam implemented the FTA in December 2015, after kicking off their first negotiations in 2012.

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Over the cited period, South Korea's trade with China, the top trading partner, grew 1.7 percent annually. Seoul and Beijing also implemented their free trade pact in a similar period with Vietnam.

South Korea's exports to Vietnam came to $48.2 billion in 2019, jumping 73 percent from four years earlier. The figure, however, fell 0.8 percent on-year as the trade feud between Washington and Beijing weighed down on the business sentiment around the globe.

In 2019, South Korea's combined exports slipped 10.3 percent on-year.

Vietnam was the third-largest export destination for South Korean goods in 2019, moving a notch up compared with 2015 by outpacing Hong Kong.

Exports of chips to Vietnam, in particular, grew sharply over the cited period, reaching $10.7 billion in 2019, compared with only $2.8 billion posted in 2015.

Outbound shipments of displays to the Southeast Asian country also gathered ground, reaching $7.9 billion last year, compared with $254 million in 2015.


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