U.S. Exports are Feeding South Korean Hunger for Organic Foods

by Sarah Wang
On July 1st, South Korea signed its first ever organic equivalency agreement with the United States, its first such agreement with any trading partner. In 2013, U.S. organic exports to South Korea totaled $35 million and they are expected to double over the next five years.

South Korean Thirst for Orange Juice Counters Declining US Demand

by Alex Forster
As Americans drink less orange juice, Florida's orange growers are seeing the difference made up for by increasing consumption in South Korea. This is due in large part to tariff reductions as a result of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement.

Top Korean Food Maker Begins Long-term Partnership with Fort Dodge, Iowa

by Sarah Wang
On June 25, 2014 officials from Fort Dodge, Iowa and South Korea’s top food maker CJ Cheiljedang officially opened a plant that, according to CJ Group president Kyung-Shik Sohn, will become “the largest producer of lysine in the global market.” Lysine, an amino acid essential to the...

Jam-Packed June: Numerous U.S. States Send Trade Missions to Asia

by Sarah Wang
June 2014 has been a hot month for trade missions to Asia, as several U.S. states sent high-level officials overseas to establish relationships to improve access for their communities in Asia’s rapidly growing markets. In all, six states sent representatives, including Wyoming,...

Hong Kong and Japan Wrangle Up Benefits for North Dakota Cattle Ranchers

by Sarah Wang
With 9,600 beef producers calling the state home, North Dakota stands to benefit immensely from Hong Kong’s recent relaxing of restrictions on U.S. beef imports. In the first four months of 2014 alone, Hong Kong has already imported $307 million of beef from the US.

Growing US-Asia Tourism and Trade Creating Demand for New Flight Connections

by Alex Forster
Washington state and the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area are all getting new direct flights to Asian destinations, on both American and Asian airlines. The new routes are supporting growing tourism into the US from Asia and US-Asia investments in both directions.

35th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

by Damien Tomkins
The US Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) on March 13-14, 1979, a bill that was signed into law within a month by President Jimmy Carter on April 10.