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Key Topic: Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently called for a special session of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) Joint Committee to discuss possible modifications to the agreement. Following the Aug. 22 meeting, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer noted that two issues he specifically hopes to address are the expansion of the United States’ trade deficit with South Korea since KORUS was implemented in 2012, as well as a decline in total U.S. goods exported to Korea.

UPDATE: Media reports surfacing over the Labor Day weekend suggest that the Trump administration is considering withdrawal from KORUS. If you receive interview requests on this topic, please contact Joe Schuele at jschuele@usmef.org or 303-226-7309. Key points on the critical importance of KORUS to U.S. red meat exports are available in this fact sheet.

UPDATE: Fortunately, the Trump administration now intends to pursue amendments to KORUS but has no immediate plans to withdraw from the agreement. However, this is a situation that USMEF and its industry partners continue to monitor carefully.