South Korea - November 2018

Next stop: South Korea!

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a trade mission to Seoul November 5-8, 2018, and learn how you can grow your business in the United States’ sixth-largest agricultural export market.

South Korea is a prime market for a vast array of U.S. agricultural products, from bulk commodities to processed foods. And the favorable trade environment resulting from the United States’ free trade agreement with South Korea means that export opportunities continue to grow, particularly for consumer-ready goods. In fact, U.S. exports of consumer-oriented products to Korea reached a record $3.8 billion last year.

While in Seoul, you’ll participate in personalized business-to-business meetings arranged by local staff from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Through in-depth briefings and site visits, you’ll also gain an understanding of the intricacies of the Korean market – from cultural expectations, to consumer tastes, to regulatory complexities – positioning yourself for future success in your business dealings there.

For more information, please contact trademissions@fas.usda.gov

Data & Analysis

September 14, 2018
Korean imports of seafood in 2017 totaled $4.98 billion, up 10.7 percent from 2016 due to rising prices and increased imports of white fish and shrimp.
September 7, 2018
In Marketing Year (MY) 2019 (January – December), Korea’s chicken production is projected to increase about 2.4 percent to 932,000 metric tons (MT) from 910,000 MT in MY 2018....
August 13, 2018
On June 26, 2018, the Agricultural Affairs Office at U.S. Embassy Seoul, the U.S. Grains Council Korea office and the Korea Biofuels Forum jointly hosted the 2018 Seoul Bioethanol Conference.
January 26, 2018
The updates include the merging of the Livestock Code to the Food Code, new food safety policy measures, the updated list of MFDS’s recognized Halal and Kosher certification body, biotech labeling....