Korea's imports via e-commerce reached a new high in 2021 as more people purchased foreign goods online, government data showed Thursday.
According to the Korea Customs Service, Korea’s exports by Dec. 13 exceeded 2018's $604.9 billion, which was an annual record. By the end of this year, they are expected to reach $640 billion.
The Korea Customs Service said Monday that it is increasing inspections on overseas packages until the end of the year. Packages arriving from overseas are expected to surge during China’s Singles Day and Black Friday.
Exprots jumped 63.5 percent on-year in the first 10 days of October on robust demand for chips, petroleum products and autos, customs data showed Tuesday.
Exports surged nearly 70 percent in the first 10 days of the month thanks to strong demand for Korea's major products, especially semiconductors.
Cameras smuggled from overseas are displayed in a room on Monday. More than 193,000 illegally imported products worth around 46.8 billion won ($42.9 million) were found from September to November, according to the Korea Customs Service on Monday.
Korea’s exports of Covid-19 diagnostic kits jumped more than eightfold last month. The country exported $201.23 million worth of diagnostic kits for the novel coronavirus to 103 countries last month, compared with $24.1 million posted in March.