Missouri Benefits


State of MissouriThe implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) has created exciting new opportunities for Missouri businesses and communities. Removing tariffs on goods and restrictions on services has strengthened the U.S.-Korea economic partnership by spurring business growth, creating jobs, opening new markets and providing access to a larger pool of consumers.

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Missouri Snapshots

Interesting Facts About Missouri's Trade with Korea
  • Exports of ceramic products in 2015 reached $2.8 million, which have increased more than eight times from 2011 exports of $299,000.
  • Articles of wood and wood charcoal exports went from a total of
    $307,000 in 2011 to $2.7 million in 2015.
  • Iron and steel exports from Missouri have more than doubled 
    from 2014 to 2015 with totals increasing from $310,000 to $793.540.
  • From 2011 to 2015, Missouri exported over $123.3 million worth of pork to Korea.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, Missouri nearly doubled its exports of veterinary vaccines to Korea, from $18.5 million to nearly $33 million.
Connections Beyond Trade

Missouri Beyond Trade

  • In 2014, it was estimated that there were 10,330 Koreans and Korean Americans living in Missouri.
  • There were approximately 930 students from Korea studying at universities in Missouri during the 2014/2015 academic year.
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., with offices in Kansas City and
    St. Louis, is Missouri’s largest Korean-owned company.
  • Columbia, Missouri is a sister city with Suncheon, Korea.
  • The Lutheran Church in Korea (right) is a sister/partner church with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, headquartered in St. Louis.


  • Missouri exported $435.4 million in goods to Korea in 2015.
  • Missouri imported $228 million in goods from Korea in 2015.


  • The KORUS FTA more closely connects Missouri businesses with Korea, a $1 trillion market with more than 50 million consumers.


  • The KORUS FTA is a significant and important catalyst for job creation in Missouri.

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