The nation's exports are off to a better start this year, continuing a positive trend from the past couple of months.
Data from the Korea Customs Service show the country's exports in the first ten days of 2017 totaled more than 11.6 billion U.S. dollars, a surge of nearly 38 percent from the same period last year.
Exports returned to on-year growth back in November and carried that momentum through December.
The biggest growth by item so far this year was seen in petroleum products, which more than doubled from a year ago, followed by semiconductors and steel products.
By destination, shipments to Vietnam were up 94 percent, while China was up 45 and the EU 41 percent.