Korea Free Trade Agreement
In October of 2011, the NAFTA-style Korea trade deal was approved by Congress. Although civil-society both in Korea and the United States have long protested against its implementation, March 15th now marks the day that the Korea trade deal went into effect. The agreement with Korea is the largest offshoring deal of its kind since NAFTA. The deal is set to displace 159,000 American jobs in the first seven years. Even the official U.S. government study on the Korea pact says that it would increase our trade deficit — meaning more job loss — and it hits the "jobs of the future" sectors hardest — solar, high speed trains, computers.
The Korea pact sets the stage for future, flawed trade deals, like the prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Read the latest updates and see what the Korea trade deal means for our future.
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- Press Room: Read our past press releases and memos
- On Second Anniversary of U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Exports Down 11 Percent, Imports from Korea Up and Deficit with Korea Balloons 47 Percent, Fueling Congressional Skepticism About Obama TPP Export Promises (March 12, 2014)
- Major Drop in U.S. Exports to Korea Since Obama's Free Trade Pact, Zero Growth in U.S. Goods Exports Revealed in Today's 2013 Year-End Trade Data Another Blow to Obama Push for Fast Track and TPP (February 6, 2014)
- Obama Plan to Double U.S. Exports by 2014 Floundering as He Heads to New Orleans Port to Sell His Trade Policy (November 7, 2013)
- As Korean President Arrives in Washington, First Year of Korea Free Trade Agreement Data Released; U.S. Exports Down, Trade Deficit with Korea Up, Contradicting Obama Promises of U.S. Export and Job Growth (May 7, 2013)
- On Anniversary of U.S.-Korea FTA Implementation, Though the FTA's Outcomes Are Abysmal, Obama Pushes for Trans-Pacific and European Agreements Based on Same Model (March 14, 2013)
- USITC Trade Data Shows Obama Goal of Doubling Exports Is Even More Remote Relative to Census Bureau Data, Due in Part to Falling Exports under FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama (February 11, 2013)
- Tomorrow's Census Bureau 2012 Trade Data Will Include Foreign-Made "Re-exports" but Even with Inflated Data, Obama Goal of Doubling Exports in Five Years Lags (February 7, 2013)
- Contrary to Obama's Claim, the Three U.S. Free Trade Agreements Passed a Year Ago Today Have not Boosted U.S. Exports (October 12, 2012)
- Obama Ignores Korean Request for Changes to Trade Deal (March 14, 2012)
- Job-Killing Trade Deals Pass Congress Amidst Record Democratic Opposition (October 12, 2011)