South Korea - Current Account Balance

South Korea: Current Account Balance

Mnemonic TAB.IKOR
Unit Mil. USD, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 42 %
Data Sep 2019 7,477
Aug 2019 5,265

Series Information

Source The Bank of Korea
Release Balance of Payments
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1980
End Date 9/30/2019

South Korea: Trade

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Balance of Goods Oct 2019 5,393,000 5,981,000 Ths. US$, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods Oct 2019 46,784,000 44,721,000 Ths. US$ NSA Monthly
Imports of Goods Oct 2019 41,391,000 38,740,000 Ths. US$ NSA Monthly
Current Account Balance Sep 2019 7,477 5,265 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Real Exports of Goods and Services 2019 Q3 200,800 192,966 Bil. Ch. 2015 KRW, SA Quarterly
Real Imports of Goods and Services 2019 Q3 173,593 172,007 Bil. Ch. 2015 KRW, SA Quarterly
Real Net Exports 2019 Q3 27,207 20,959 Bil. Ch. 2015 KRW, SA Quarterly
Exports of Goods and Services 2019 Q2 191,823 185,388 Bil. KRW, SA Quarterly
Imports of Goods and Services 2019 Q2 181,346 166,349 Bil. KRW, SA Quarterly
Net Exports 2019 Q2 10,476 19,038 Bil KRW, SA Quarterly

Release Information

The Balance of Payments statistics are published by the Central Bank of Korea (BOK) on a monthly basis and are disseminated according to the IMF's sixth edition of the Balance of Payments Manual standard (BPM6) in time series format. The BOK provides bilateral balance of payment statistics, for both current account and capital and financial account, and seasonally adjusted current account statistics. Quarterly from 1980. 

BOP concepts and definitions are broadly consistent with the recommendations of the IMF BPM6 framework. In particular,

  • Current, capital, and financial accounts of the balance of payments statement are defined according to the guidelines of the BPM6, and the current account balance is equal (with sign reversed) to the net capital and financial account balance.
  • In constructing the balance of payments statement, a double-entry system is applied as a basic principle, and the net residual is embedded in the errors and omissions item.
  • A clear distinction is made between the income component and the goods and services components.
  • The financial account provides for a separate recording of transactions in assets and transactions in liabilities.
  • The directional principle is applied in recording foreign direct investment.

The data are split up in four main headings:

  • Current account: goods and services, income and current transfers;
  • Capital and financial accounts: capital transfers and other (that includes information of the acquisition/disposal of nonproduced nonfinancial assets) in the capital account; and direct investment, portfolio investment, financial derivatives, and other investment in the financial account;
  • Change in reserve assets; and
  • Net errors and omissions.