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Home > U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement
U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

How to Determine Tariffs Under the KORUS FTA

Step 1. Determine Whether Your Product Qualifies as a U.S. Product


Korea’s tariff reductions under the KORUS FTA apply only to U.S. products. Therefore, you will want to be sure your product meets the rules of origin for U.S. products under the Rules of Origin chapter (Chapter 6) of the Agreement. In general, to qualify, products must meet one of two requirements:

(1) They are wholly produced or obtained from the United States and Korea. For example, raw crops and other plant products have been grown or harvested in the United States or Korea; animal products, such as meat, have been obtained from animals in the United States or Korea; or, fish and seafood from outside the United States or Korea have been harvested by vessels registered in and flagged by either country.

(2) For materials originating outside of the United States (or Korea), they have undergone transformation resulting in a change in tariff classification. For example, sugar (HS Chapter 17) imported into the United States and used in chocolate confectionary (HS Chapter 18.)

If you have any question about whether your product qualifies you may contact ATOSeoul@fas.usda.gov.
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