SEJONG, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Exports of dried laver are likely to hit a record high this year on the back of growing popularity in Japan and China, the country’s customs office said Wednesday.
In the first 10 months of the year, a total of US$450 million worth of dried laver was shipped overseas, surging 48.4 percent from a year earlier, according to the Korea Customs Service.
The customs office expected annual exports of dried laver to top the $500 million mark this year.
By volume, 18,700 tons of dried laver were exported during the cited period, up 22.6 percent from the year earlier period, it said.
By country, Japan was the largest importer of dried laver with some 23.5 percent of dried laver shipped to the neighboring country, followed by China with 17.5 percent, the United States with 15.8 percent and Thailand with 15.5 percent.
Exports to Japan soared 52 percent in the January-October period, with shipments to China also increasing sharply, it added.