Us Free Trade Agreement With South Korea


KORUS 2.0 is usually only an optimization of the original KORUS, but contains some notable modifications. Some issues were treated as amendments to the original KORUS, while others, which were not included in the original, were negotiated in the form of ancillary agreements guaranteed by exchanges of letters between the parties. Amendments requested by the United States included steel export restrictions, a higher quota of U.S. cars exported to Korea, in line with U.S. emissions and safety standards instead of the uniquely Korean rules, an extension of us tariffs on imported pick-up trucks, changes to Korean drug pricing rules and new procedures for Korean customs inspections. There have also been several Korean applications that have resulted in changes in investor-state dispute settlement procedures and trade defence mechanisms, as well as rules of origin for certain textile products. On September 16, 2008, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez asked the U.S. Congress to ratify Korea-USA. Free trade agreements as quickly as possible, arguing that “trade creates more jobs and stimulates economic growth.” He asked the U.S. Congress to quickly approve trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. [18] Article 22.1 of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement provides for the establishment of a joint committee to monitor the implementation of the agreement and to review trade relations between the parties. The committee is made up of government representatives, co-chaired by the U.S.

Trade Representative and Korea`s Trade Minister or their representative. The Joint Committee meets periodically each year to review the overall functioning of the Agreement, review and examine specific issues related to its activities, review and adopt amendments, facilitate the prevention and resolution of disputes arising from the Agreement, and interpret the Agreement; Explore opportunities to improve trade relations between the parties; and take any other action agreed upon by the parties. Shortly after U.S. President George W. Bush and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun signed, rumors spread about a possible renegotiation of the text, citing possible opposition from U.S. Democrats. However, Kim Jong-Hoon, South Korea`s chief negotiator for the 10-month talks that brought about the free trade agreement, denied such rumours, with reporters saying, “The deal has been reached, and that`s it. There will be no renegotiations. [Quote required] Kim`s comment came after her U.S. counterpart Wendy Cutler, the U.S. Deputy Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC and the chief negotiator for the KORUS-FTA negotiations, suggested that Democrats could call for changes in the field of labour. [17] The Seoul Administrative Court formally decided on 2 December 2011 to make public some 300 errors in the translation of documents relating to the free trade agreement. [28] The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (28) is a trade agreement between the United States and South Korea.