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South Korea Food Import Status A Recap In 2022

South Korea Food Import Status A Recap In 2022

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  • Author:ChemLinked
  • Pages:19
    Format:Electronic Edition (Adobe PDF)
  • Publish Date:Apr 07, 2023
    Last Updated On:Apr 07, 2023

South Korea's imported food market has been rapidly growing in recent years. The country has a highly developed and sophisticated food culture, and South Korean consumers are increasingly interested in trying and experimenting with new and different types of food from around the world. The imported food market in South Korea is diverse, with a wide range of products being imported from countries worldwide. Some of the most popular imported foods in South Korea include fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat products, seafood, and beverages. The South Korean government has also been working to facilitate the growth of the country's imported food market by establishing regulations and standards to ensure the safety and quality of imported food products.

Although there is a 1.5% decrease in import delcaration cases, the import volume and amount both increased. South Korea imported 2,330 food items from 166 countries, including the United States, China, and Australia. The total import volume was high at 19.5 million tons, representing a 3.0% increase from 18.94 million tons in 2021. Moreover, the imported food's value reached 38.95 billion USD, up 19.6% from 32.78 USD in 2021.



Chapter  1. General Introduction

Chapter 2.  Status of the Imported Foods by Category

  • 2.1. Import  Status of Agricultural and Forest Products

  • 2.2. Import Status  of Livestock Products

  • 2.3.  Aquatic Products

  • 2.4. Health  Functional Food

  • 2.5.  Processed Food

  • 2.6. Food  Utensils, Containers, and Packaging

Chapter 3  Import Status – Exporting Country

Chapter 4.  Noncompliance Status

Chapter 5.  Conclusion and Suggestion

  • 5.1.  Conclusion

  • 5.2.  Suggestions for Enterprises Targeting the Korean Food Market 

Figure & Table

Figure 1. Food Import Volume, sorted by food category

Table 1. Top 20 imported food items, data source: Import inspection management division of MFDS

Table 2. Status of the imported agricultural and forest products

Table 3. Status of the imported livestock products

Table 4. Status of the imported aquatic products

Table 5. Status of the imported health functional foods

Table 6. Status of individually recognized ingredients of health functional foods

Table 7. Status of imported processed food

Table 8. Status of imported food utensils, containers, and packaging

Table 9. Import declaration status of foods imported from each country

Table 10. Import declaration status of foods imported from the United States and China

Table 11. Noncompliance status of imported food in recent five years

Table 12. Top five countries from where the imported foods are reported as noncompliance