The South Korean government is ramping up efforts to secure several months' supply of urea water solution amid shortage concerns.
And in its latest move, the country is working to bring in more supplies of the diesel exhaust fluid as soon as it can.
South Korea's industry minister Moon Sung-wook said on Monday that the government is working to swiftly import the already agreed 39-thousand tons of urea and 8 million liters of urea solution from countries, mainly Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
If secured, this would be enough for two months.
He also added that imports for some 18,700 tons of urea from China are underwayafter continued efforts from the public and private sectors.
In light of the acute shortages of urea, the government has asked Chinese foreign-invested companies for their cooperation in the trade of key raw and subsidiary materials.
The country also plans to seek cooperation with two or three more Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries to diversify its import channels.
Meanwhile, the South Korean customs agency said that last week it confiscated 4 tons of smuggled urea solution.
A group of local importers were caught on Friday for attempting to hide and bring in the fluid along with other properly imported goods from China.
The customs office plans to consult with related agencies to make these supplies available to the local market.
It also said that it will strengthen its customs clearance procedures to crackdown on such illegal activities.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.