Import value of meat to South Korea 2014-2019

In 2019, the value of meat and edible meat offal imports to South Korea amounted to around 5.2 billion U.S. dollars. That year, around 46 percent of those imports originated in the United States.


In 2018, the total sales volume of meat was at around 2.6 million tons, around half of that being pork and around one quarter being poultry. Around 24 kilograms of pork was consumed per person in South Korea in 2018. Roughly 75.4 percent of meat consumed in foodservice was consumed in restaurants, valuing to around 3.64 billion U.S. dollars.

Consumer attitudes

While the number of meat-avoiders in South Korea is increasing slightly, the market is still unaffected. The retail sales of free from meat products in South Korea was at 462.6 million U.S. dollars in 2018 and is not forecasted to grow significantly until 2023.
In South Korea, online grocery shopping is increasingly popular. Nevertheless, while a growing number of consumers are open to the thought of buying their groceries online, many are still reluctant when it comes to ordering fresh items, like meat. In a survey in January 2019, half of respondents stated that they were hesitant to purchase meat online.

Value of meat and edible meat offal imports to South Korea from 2014 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020


South Korea

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Figures have been rounded.

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