Texas Benefits


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


Texas Snapshots

Interesting Facts About Texas' Trade With Korea
  • Bigger certainly is better in Texas - between 2010 and 2015, Texas increased its total exports to Korea by $1.6 billion.
  • Sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley of the South,” Texas exported $2.7 billion in electric integrated circuits to Korea in 2015.
  • Texas, where more land is farmed than in any other state, exported $76.1 million in cotton to Korea in 2015, nearly 2.5 times more than the 2012 total of $31.2 million.
  • In 2015, Texas exported $5.1 million in ceramic products to Korea, more than three times the $1.7 million total in 2014.


Connections Beyond Trade
  • Texas Beyond TradeIn 2014, it was estimated that there were 74,600 Koreans and Korean Americans living in Texas.
  • There were more than 3,857 students from Korea studying at universities in Texas in 2014.
  • Dallas has the largest Korean American community in Texas and the second largest in the southern United States (after Atlanta).
  • Several Texas cities and towns have Korean sister cities. For example, San Antonio is a sister city with Gwangju, Cholla-namdo; Austin with Gwangmyong, Gyonggi-do; and Pasadena with Puch’on, Inch’on.


  • Texas exported $8.1 billion in goods to Korea in 2015.
  • Texas imported $10.3 billion in goods from Korea in 2015.


  • The KORUS FTA more closely connects Texas 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 Texas.

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