Focused Trade Mission to Korea for Specialty and Retail
Jumpstart Your Product Export Sales to South Korea
South Korea has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for U.S. companies for many years. USDA’s Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Seoul, reports that the U.S. is the leading exporter of agricultural products to Korea with a 24% market share. While total U.S. bulk agricultural exports to Korea dipped in 2019, exports of consumer-oriented products such as meat, dairy, and processed products continue to grow.
Despite escalated competition from export-oriented competitors, consumer-oriented American products continued to lead the expansion of the export market in Korea, which reflected Korean consumers’ increased demand for better value, quality and diversity. The Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement, (KORUS) implemented in 2012, coupled with on-going evolvement of the Korean food market, should generate greater export opportunities for American products in Korea in the coming years.
U.S. Food & Agricultural Product Imports to South Korea, By the Numbers
U.S. Consumer-Oriented Foods - US$4.7 billion (2019)
U.S. Processed Foods - US$2.9 billion (2019)
We highly recommend waiting until the end of August before you make any hotel or plane reservations for this event. While the current health and safety situation seems hopeful in Korea, things are still changing rapidly. Our staff and In-Market Representatives will monitor the situation carefully during this interim time and make adjustments to the event format if needed.
Participants are responsible for adhering to any travel requirements to South Korea, which could include items such as proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, country entry/exit procedures, etc.
You can stay up to date with the most recent travel restrictions and guidelines for South Korea on the U.S. State Department’s website,as well as find out more at the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea’s website.
If at a later date it is deemed that traveling to Korea for an in-person event would not be possible, this event will be updated to a virtual format.
One-on-one meetings with qualified buyers
Pre-event custom product research including market overview, importation analysis and distribution analysis
Market briefing by local USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service and retail store tour
Table top showcase
Translation of up to 2 pages of materials to Korean
Inclusion in Trade Mission brochure containing your company profile, contact details and product lines
Identifying top leads and follow-up letter in Korean
On-site assistance by Food Export's In-Market Representative
Our educational webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with international buyers, and much more.
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Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast reserve the right to deny services to any firm or individual which, in the sole opinion of Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast, does not comply with FAS, MAP or Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast regulations or policies, or otherwise offer the best opportunity to achieve its mission of increasing food and agricultural exports. Submission of any false or misleading information may be grounds for rejection or subsequent revocation of any application or participation. Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast are equal opportunity employers and providers.