Below is information on Korea, its economy and some trade topics of interest that will help you better understand the free trade agreement and its benefits.

How to Trade with Korea Under the FTA

To help you benefit from opportunities under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, we developed a series of step-by-step checklists for your use.

Korea's Economy

Over the past several decades, Korea has achieved a remarkably high level of economic growth and global integration to become a high-tech industrialized economy. Today, Korea is the 12th-largest economy in the world and the United States' sixth-largest trading partner.

Doing Business in Korea: World Bank Ranks Korea #8 in Ease of Doing Business

Recently the World Bank gave the Republic of Korea a number 8 ranking in its Ease of Doing Business category for 2012. This highlights Korea as a top trading partner and a world leader in doing business.

U.S. Trade with Korea

The alliance between the United States and Korea continues to be a beneficial one. This infographic from Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) illustrates that trade between the two countries outpaces global trade of goods and services.

Korean Investment in the U.S.

Korean companies are among the top foreign investors in the United States. Following the implementation of the KORUS FTA, investment in the United States totaled $22.9 billion.


If the preferential tariff treatment is not claimed at the time the goods are imported, the importer may make a revised claim and apply for a refund of any excess duties within one year, if he/she presents:


The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. government. It connects U.S. companies looking to increase exports with foreign importers and supplies American businesses with international buyers, intelligence on foreign markets, trade counseling and business matchmaking.


The Korean International Trade Association (KITA) is a government body with 70,000 member companies that represents the Korean trade industry around the world. The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency is Korea’s national trade promotion organization.

The Benefits of KORUS FTA

The US and Korea have recently reached an agreement on certain revisions of the Korea – U.S. Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. Discover the bilateral benefits from our analysis of the 2012-effective KORUS FTA delivered to a National Assembly this past March, 2018.