Living High on the Hog through Free Trade Agreements

pigU.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) have led to meteoric growth for U.S. pork exports over the last twenty five years.  In fact, the U.S. pork industry now exports more product to its twenty FTA partners than it does to the rest of the world combined.  The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) is a perfect example of the potential export growth being realized as a result of an FTA.

The KORUS FTA entered into force March 15, 2012, further solidifying a strong bilateral economic relationship.  Under the FTA’s agricultural provisions, Korea immediately granted duty-free status to almost two-thirds of current U.S.… Read More

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Maryland and Korea – Partners in Success

hogan postThe state of Maryland has a long and successful history with international partnerships. Global firms doing business in our state and export activity by Maryland companies are two driving forces of Maryland’s economy. And just as in any successful business collaboration, the best partners share similar visions, build on each other’s strengths, and are in it together for the long haul. Korea is such a partner for Maryland, and strengthening this important relationship is a priority of this administration.

Since January, our administration has engaged with Korea, as well as Maryland’s thriving Korean-American community, on as broad a basis as any previous Maryland governor.… Read More

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Finding the Seoul in American Music

392px-Madame_Freedom_posterSince the implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), there has been an increase in the trade of physical goods as well as cultural and intellectual goods. U.S. companies like Rondo Music and Wenger Corporation are enjoying increased sales in Korea and are meeting with their Korean partners more frequently. Also, the influence of Hallyu on U.S. music is readily apparent with collaborations between PSY and Snoop Dogg, JYJ and Kanye West, and many more. The KORUS FTA has opened the doors to Korean culture, and U.S. musicians are integrating Korean instruments and sounds to broaden their horizons.

One of my first interactions with Korean culture was re-scoring the influential 1956 Korean film, Madame Freedom.… Read More

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Doing business in South Korea: You just don’t know until you go

In 2009, when I first began exploring business opportunities in South Korea, I knew little more about the country than its history of rising from the ruins of the devastating and divisive Korean War to become a dynamic industrial nation. Otherwise, I had no idea what to expect. Although many of my friends and associates were doing business in Asia, they were going to China, Japan or Singapore. I didn’t know anyone who had even visited Korea.

Six years later, my deep and abiding relationships in this remarkable country have proven my conviction that one cannot expect to succeed in another city, state or country without investing as much time as capital there.… Read More

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Korea: A Gateway to Asia


Since 1979, my company, East West International Group (EWIG), has helped U.S.-based companies enter international markets. About 20 years ago I began helping clients trade with Korea. Over the years my clients have realized that there is great opportunity in Korea for American products. Thanks to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), trade with Korea has become much easier.

After the Korean War, American GIs remained in Korea and the ongoing interaction between American soldiers and local communities has created a unique American-Korean culture. This decades-long exchange of ideas and knowledge fueled the modern technology development in Korea as well as the birth of American-Korean style pop music and fashions.… Read More

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