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Canada and South Korea Conclude Free-Trade Agreement 

Global Tax Adviser


March 18, 2014


Bob Sacco
GTA, Trade & Customs


Canada signed a free-trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea on March 11, 2014. Once in force, the FTA will eliminate duties and remove border tariffs on many imports and exports. For example, Canada will eliminate tariffs on imported South Korean cars within three to five years. South Korea's 8% duty on cars will be eliminated immediately when the agreement is implemented and the FTA will eliminate the tariff of up to 72% on imported Canadian beef within 15 years. The agreement is expected to be implemented by mid 2015, but some elements of the agreement could take up to 15 years to phase in.

In 2005, Canada and South Korea began trade talks on a free trade agreement and held several bargaining sessions before signing the agreement in 2014. The Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement is the first Canada has with an Asian country.

Canada's primary exports to South Korea in 2012 were non-renewable resources, such as mineral fuels and oils and ores, slag, rash and renewable resources, such as wood pulp and paper products.


South Korea's primary exports to Canada in 2012 were transportation products, such as cars, trailers and bicycles, as well as machinery, appliances and electrical machinery and equipment.


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