STATEMENT ON U.S.-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

October 24, 2012
Washington, D.C.

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, National Chicken Council,

National Turkey Federation, United Egg Producers

The U.S. poultry and egg industry strongly supports the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which became effective on March 15, and applauds the work of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in concluding the agreement.

The U.S.-Korea FTA will greatly improve market access for U.S. poultry and egg exports to South Korea, mostly by reducing and eliminating import duties. In 2011, Korea imported nearly $143 million in U.S. poultry and egg products. Under the FTA, annual U.S. poultry meat exports to Korea could more than double, while annual egg exports could triple. Over the first 10 years of the agreement, the increase in exports to Korea could easily make this country one of the top international markets for U.S. poultry and eggs.

Under terms of the agreement, Korea’s 20-percent import duty on frozen chicken leg quarters will be phased out in 10 equal annual reductions, while the duty on breasts and wings will be reduced in 12 equal annual installments. Korea’s 18-percent duty on frozen turkey cuts will be reduced to zero in seven equal annual installments, and its 27-percent duty on processed egg products, including egg yolks, will be phased out over 12 years.

The U.S. is the leading supplier of poultry meat and egg products to Korea.

The future of the U.S. poultry and egg industry depends on the continued expansion of exports. According to USDA calculations, the industry’s current annual exports of nearly $4.4 billion supports more than 50,400 U.S. jobs, and that each billion dollars in U.S. poultry and egg exports equates to about 11,525 American jobs throughout the economy.

Contact:          Toby Moore, USAPEEC, tmoore@usapeec.org

                        Tom Super, NCC, tsuper@chickenusa.org

                        Sherrie Rosenblatt, srosenblatt@turkeyfed.org

                        Chad Gregory, chaduep@unitedegg.com