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Computers, a must-have in the contactless work-from-home era

Exports of computers and peripheral devices reached an all-time high of $1.69 billion for August exports

Oct 14, 2021 (Gmt+09:00)

Computers, a must-have in the contactless work-from-home era

South Korea’s exports of computers and peripheral devices have logged steady growth over the past six months, reaching an all-time high of $1.69 billion for August exports. This is a 26.7% increase compared to the year-earlier period, driven by increased cases of working from home, virtual classes and meetings due to the global pandemic.

What are computers and peripheral devices?

Includes Solid State Drives (SSDs), notebook PCs, desktop PCs, monitors, printers, scanners and computer components (mainboard).

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Desktop PC, monitor

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Notebook PC

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Central Processing Unit (CPU)

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Mainboard

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Graphics card

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Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Keyboard

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Mouse

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Speaker

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WIFI router

Exports of computers and peripheral devices

Exports of computers and peripheral devices rose by 53.1% compared to the same period in 2020 when the COVID-19 outbreak reached its peak. The upward trend has remained steady this year as well.

between Jan-Aug

Unit: Billion dollars

Exports of computers and peripheral devices in August

As of August 2021, increased demand for computer components pushed the computer export amount to $180 million, up by 5.2% from the year-earlier period. SSDs drove exports of peripheral devices, recording around $1.5 billion, up by 29.8% compared to the year-earlier period. Both computers and peripheral devices saw exports increase steadily for six consecutive months.

Unit: USD

Export amount per item
Unit: USD

Total $1.69 bn
(2021. 8)

Outbound shipments of computers and peripheral devices in August

China was the biggest importer of South Korea’s computers and peripheral devices, followed by the US and EU. Korea saw outbound shipments of computers and peripheral devices increase with the exception of Vietnam. In particular, exports to Japan surged by 90.4% in export amount compared to the year-earlier period.

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