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The UK has secured a two-year extension to rules which help British companies to access lower or zero tariffs when selling goods to South Korea.
The extension has been secured under the UK-South Korea free trade agreement and comes as welcome news for businesses who can continue to avoid the high tariffs imposed by South Korea on products entering the country.
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It also comes ahead of the launch of negotiations on a new, modernised trade deal between the UK and South Korea which will cover new sectors like digital, expected before the end of the year.
South Korea is the 13th largest economy in the world and set to grow rapidly and its import market is expected to grow 45% by 2035. The UK’s trade with Korea has more than doubled since the original FTA was negotiated.
Goods make up the majority of UK exports to South Korea, with £7.3 billion worth exported last year. A broad range of British manufacturing sectors are expected to benefit from the extension, including food and drink and automotive, which is the second largest British export to South Korea. See: British businesses celebrate as rules of origin to South Korea extended – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)