Korea

The government of South Korea has concluded, or is pursuing negotiations for, a number of bilateral free trade and investment agreements. Korean social movements have been mobilizing in opposition to these ever since the Korea-Chile FTA was proposed. So far, South Korea has signed deals with Chile (2004), EFTA (2004), Singapore (2005), ASEAN (2007) the US (2007, ratified in 2011), Peru (2011) and Turkey (2012). Talks are under way with Canada, China, Mexico, India, the EU and, technically speaking, Japan. Negotiations with Colombia have stalled over Colombia’s demands for access for better terms for its fruit and flower exports than what Korea gives Chile and Peru. Seoul is also looking to open discussions with Mercosur, Malaysia, Mexico and possibly Israel.

last update: May 2012


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  • 4-Apr-2016 Reuters South Korea seeks new bilateral trade deal with Mexico
    South Korea is looking to sign a new bilateral trade deal with Mexico, the country’s top commercial partner in Latin America.
  • 22-Feb-2016 Yonhap Corea del Sur: Las viñas locales cierran sus puertas afectadas por los TLC
    El número de viñas locales que están cerrando sus puertas está aumentando cada vez más, afectadas por la ola de uvas que se importan al país con motivo de los tratados de libre comercio (TLC) de Corea del Sur con Chile y Estados Unidos,
  • 6-Jan-2016 Korea opens preliminary discussion on FTA with Israel
    The South Korean government hosted a public meeting in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss the potential benefits and economic impact of a free trade agreement with Israel.
  • 29-Dec-2015 Exports to Australia up 7.5% on FTA
    Korea’s exports to Australia rose 7.5 percent in the January-November period, in sharp contrast to the country’s overall exports which fell 7.4 percent in the same period due to sluggish global demand, the Korea Customs Service (KCS) said Tuesday.
  • 21-Dec-2015 Korea FTA to boost NZ’s farming, dairy firms
    The most significant characteristic of the Korea-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, which came into force on Sunday, is that it was a "catch-up deal" rather than a new one, says New Zealand Ambassador to Korea Clare Fearnley.
  • 22-Sep-2015 Diario Co Latino Inician negociaciones para TLC entre Centroamérica y Corea del Sur
    La Viceministra de Economía, Luz Estrella Rodríguez, y sus homólogos centroamericanos, participaron ayer en Seúl, Corea, en el inicio de negociaciones para alcanzar un Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Centroamérica y la República de Corea.
  • 21-Sep-2015 Yonhap Début de la 1ère série de négociations en vue d’un ALE avec l’Amérique centrale
    La première série de négociations en vue d’un accord de libre-échange (ALE) entre la Corée du Sud et un groupe de six pays d’Amérique centrale se déroulera pendant cinq jours
  • 21-Sep-2015 S. Korea, Central America to begin FTA negotiations
    South Korea and six Central American countries will hold their first round of free trade agreement talks in Seoul for five days beginning Monday.
  • 18-Sep-2015 Biz bodies urge quick parliamentary approval of FTAs
    More than 40 South Korean business bodies urged parliament Sunday to quickly approve free trade agreements with China, Vietnam and New Zealand to help prop up Seoul’s slumping exports.
  • 16-Sep-2015 Yonhap El TLC Corea del Sur-América Central fomentará las exportaciones de automóviles
    Los fabricantes surcoreanos de vehículos esperan obtener una mayor cuota en el mercado centroamericano de automóviles una vez que se firme el tratado de libre comercio (TLC) entre Corea del Sur y los seis países de la región, mostró un informe este miércoles.
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