Last year’s kimchi hit record high… a trade surplus in 12 years

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-10 11:41:59
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▲ This photo shows people making kimchi. (Yonhap)


SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports of kimchi touched an all-time high last year with a record of $159.9 million (about 192.2 billion won), according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural affairs, Sunday.

It resulted in a surplus of $19.2 million in the country’s kimchi trade in 12 years, after 2009.

Exports of kimchi grew 18 percent on average per year in the past five years, and the number of import countries increased to 89 in 2021 from 61 countries in 2011.

The agriculture ministry attributed the rise in kimchi exports to the expansion of healthcare trends and the Korean wave, including K-pop.

It is also the result of the private effort and government support to increase the quality of kimchi.

For instance, the agriculture ministry has created a QR code that states Korea is the birthplace of kimchi and that Korean kimchi undergoes strict quality control, and it has been used in major exporting countries as the U.S.

The ministry also collaborated with the shipping company HMM and secured the shipments for agrifood on the way to the U.S. and Australia.

“We will work harder to increase the amount of export of the representative K-food kimchi and find more promising Korean agrifood,” said Jeon Han-young, the director-general for the food industry of the agriculture ministry.



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