[THE INVESTOR] Exports of passenger car exports from Korea rose 18.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from a year earlier due to increased demand in the United States, Russia and Canada, customs data showed on Jan. 30.
Local carmakers shipped 690,000 passenger cars worth US$10.7 billion during the October-December period, compared with 590,000 cars worth US$9 billion a year earlier, according to the data compiled by the Korea Customs Service.
Korea’s passenger car exports to the US reached US$4.21 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 24.3 percent from a year earlier. The value of cars sent to Russia and Canada jumped 77.3 percent and 45.4 percent, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2018 from a year earlier.
Meanwhile, the value of vehicles shipped to Saudi Arabia and Australia fell 27.5 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2018 from a year earlier.
For the whole of 2018, Korea’s car exports reached 2.47 million passenger cars worth US$37.5 billion, down from 2.54 million units worth US$38.1 billion in 2017, according to the KCS.
Shipments of passenger vehicles to the US fell 7 percent to US$13.5 billion in 2018 from US$14.6 billion a year earlier.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)