USGC, NCGA Celebrate Four Decades And Counting Of Successful Trade With South Korea

45th anniversary celebration in Korea

More than four decades of partnership and a free trade agreement have benefitted agribusinesses in both the United States and South Korea. But the preservation of past success must be coupled with an innovative look at the future in order for that positive trading relationship to continue in years to come, South Korea customers told a delegation of leaders and staff from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) last week. 

USGC Statement On Potential Withdrawal From KORUS

A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC): 

"The Council strongly opposes withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), an action that will lead to immediate and sustained losses in sales to our third largest corn customer.

"South Korea is an example of the transformational partnership available to U.S. grain farmers and their global customers through strong trade policy and overseas market development.

Ethanol Activities In South Korea, Vietnam Highlight Importance Of Policy’s Role In Trade

Brian Healy, USGC manager of ethanol export market development, discusses potential for ethanol in South Korea.

Developing markets for U.S. ethanol involves a complex combination of trade policy and marketing work. Two U.S. Grains Council (USGC) activities this past week aimed to not only provide insights on ethanol policy development with a role for trade, but also exchange information with government officials, traders and even consumers about the environmental, health and economic benefits of increased ethanol use. 

Free Trade, Relationships Key To Market Competitiveness In South Korea

Recent events in foreign policy and the ongoing conversation about the value of U.S. trade agreements have put a spotlight on South Korea as a close U.S. ally and an important customer for U.S. products, including grains. 

South Korea is now the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $6.2 billion in purchases in 2016. The country was the fourth largest importer of both U.S. corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as the seventh largest importer of U.S. barley in the 2015/2016 marketing year. 

Sharing the 2013/14 US Corn Quality Report’s Findings Overseas

Corn Quality Rollout

The U.S. Grains Council recently released its 2013/2014 U.S. Corn Harvest Quality Report, which is intended to provide reliable, timely and transparent information on the quality of U.S. corn at harvest. This is the third year the Council has generated this report and the results are highly anticipated by overseas customers. The Council has begun conveying the report's findings of record production, high quality and minor weather-related impacts, to overseas audiences, starting in Taiwan and Korea.

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