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Doing Business in South Korea: CKFTA

South Korea is B.C.’s 4th largest goods export market, with over $2.1 billion in goods exports in 2020. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) covers virtually all aspects of Canada-South Korean trade, including trade in goods and services, investment, government procurement, non-tariff barriers, environment and labour cooperation, and other areas of economic activity. The CKFTA puts B.C. companies on a level playing field against key competitors who already enjoyed preferential access to the South Korean market. When the CKFTA is fully implemented, it will remove more than 98% of South Korea’s tariff lines on Canada’s products, including many of B.C.’s key exports. Sectoral opportunities in South Korea include agriculture and processed food, consumer products, forestry and wood products, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), sustainable technologies and more.

If you are interested in the South Korean market or want to learn more about how the CKFTA can reduce your costs and make your goods and services more competitive, then this webinar is for you.

Learn about B.C.-Korea trade relations, what B.C.’s Trade and Investment reps in Korea can do for you, business etiquette/cultural practices to take note of, CKFTA implementation/export issues, and much more!


Moderator: Janel Quiring, Director, B.C. Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch

  • Signing ceremony of 4th GG-BC Agreement and Congratulatory Remarks from Representative of Gyeonggi Province and Representative of British Columbia:
    – Ryu Kwang-yeol, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province
    – Ravi Kahlon, BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation; or
    – George Chow, Minister of State for Trade
  • Welcoming Remarks from Gyeonggi Province – Kum Chul-wan, Director, Economic Planning Bureau of Gyeonggi Province
  • Market intel, sector trends, business practices – B.C. Trade and Investment Representatives in South Korea: Derrick Kim, Senior Commercial Officer and Jennifer Maeng, Commercial Officer
  • Opportunities for B.C. businesses and investors under the CKFTA – Ben Kolisnyk, Senior Manager, Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch
  • Trade ecosystem and trends in Gyeonggi Province – Lee Gae-youl, Director, Global Trade Department of Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator
  • Opportunities for trade and investment in Gyeonggi Province – Yeom Serah, Deputy Director, Investment Promotion Division of Gyeonggi Province
  • Programs and supports for B.C. exporters – Nick MacLennan, Export Advisor, Export Navigator Program
  • Q&A

Register now for this FREE webinar! If you are not able to attend, register anyway to receive a notification to view the webinar recording when it becomes available.

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  • Event Date(s): February 15, 2022
  • Event Time: 4:30pm
  • Location: Webinar
  • Contact: Benjamin Kolisnyk

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