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S. Korea’s exports soar 8.3 pct in first 20 days of April

S. Korea’s exports soar 8.3 pct in first 20 days of April

SEOUL: South Korea’s exports rose 8.3 percent on-year during the first 20 days of April on the back of brisk sales of semiconductors and petrochemicals, customs data showed Monday.

The country’s outbound shipments reached US$32.82 billion in the April 1-20 period, according to the data from the Korea Customs Service.

The customs office said that daily average exports, which reflect working days, grew 4.9 percent on-year to $2.05 billion.

The country’s exports have been growing since November 2016.

By product, outbound shipments of semiconductors surged 49.5 percent, with petrochemical and autos rising 37.2 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, ships and mobile communication equipment saw their shipments decline 57.6 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively.

Exports to China, the U.S. and Japan shot up 23.8 percent, 1.3 percent and 28 percent on-year, with numbers for the European Union and Vietnam declining 30 percent and 12.4 percent over the cited period.