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Korea's Oil Products Exports Up 8.9 pct in 2012
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South Korea's exports of oil products grew 8.9 percent last year from a year earlier thanks to local refiners' efforts to increase facility spending in order to tap overseas markets, a trade association said Tuesday.

According to data from the Korea Petrochemical Industry Association (KPIA), South Korea's outbound shipments of oil products were temporarily tallied at US$56.2 billion in 2012, outpacing a record high of $51.6 billion last year.

Exports of oil products also accounted for 10.3 percent of the country's overall exports, while oil products became the top-selling export item among others.

In terms of the export value, oil products were trailed by semiconductors with $50.4 billion, machinery with $48 billion and automobiles with $47.2 billion.

The country's exports of oil products were on the increase between 2006 and 2008, logging $20.4 billion in 2006, $24 billion in 2007 and $37.6 billion in 2008. The global financial crisis, however, forced the country's oil products exports down to $23 billion in 2009.

Strong exports of oil products stemmed from local refiners' steady efforts to diversify their markets, turning their sights to overseas markets from domestic ones, the association said.

Local refiners, including SK Innovation Co. and S-Oil Corp, made an investment of 11 trillion won ($10.3 billion) in their facilities over the past five years, it said.


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Source: Yonhap News (Jan. 8, 2012)

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