Seoul - South Korea’s imports of U.S.-made semiconductor equipment and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) surged in the first five months of the year as the Seoul government is making efforts to reduce its massive trade surplus with the world’s largest economy, a report said Saturday. A total of US$2.39 billion worth of machinery for manufacturing semiconductors were imported from the United States in the January-May period, up 140.7 percent, or $1.4 billion, from the same period last year, according to the report by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA). Imports of U.S. LPG shot up 129 percent on-year to $910 million over the five-month period, with the U.S. fuel outpacing that from the Middle East to rank first in the South Korean market.
Moreover, its imports of U.S. meat also jumped 22.9 percent on-year to $750 million, while those of aircraft and its components reached $1.45 billion through May, up 5.1 percent from a year earlier. On the other hand, South Korea’s exports of wireless devices to the U.S. tumbled 37.6 percent to $2.39 billion, while outbound shipments of cars and auto parts sank 8.5 percent and 14.9 percent on-year to $6.51 billion and $2.53 billion, respectively. READ MORE