U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Rules of Origin

What is a Wholly Obtained or Produced Good (Product) under KORUS?

Goods wholly obtained or produced entirely in the territory of one or both of the Parties means:

a) plants and plant products grown, and harvested or gathered, in the territory of one or both of the Parties;

b) live animals born and raised in the territory of one or both of the Parties;

c) goods obtained in the territory of one or both of the Parties from live animals;

d) goods obtained from hunting, trapping, fishing, or aquaculture conducted in the territory of one or both of the Parties;

e) minerals and other natural resources not included in subparagraphs (a) through (d) extracted or taken from the territory of one or both of the Parties;

f) fish, shellfish, and other marine life taken from the sea, seabed, or subsoil outside the territory of one or both of the Parties by vessels registered or recorded with a Party and flying its flag;

g) goods produced on board factory ships from the goods referred to in subparagraph (f), provided such factory ships are registered or recorded with that Party and fly its flag;

h) goods taken by a Party or a person of a Party from the seabed or subsoil outside the territory of one or both of the Parties, provided that Party has rights to exploit such seabed or subsoil;

i) goods taken from outer space, provided they are obtained by a Party or a person of a Party and not processed in the territory of a non-Party;

j) waste and scrap derived from: i) manufacturing or processing operations in the territory of one or both of the Parties; or ii) used goods collected in the territory of one or both of the Parties, provided such goods are fit only for the recovery of raw materials;

k) recovered goods derived in the territory of one or both of the Parties from used goods and utilized in the territory of one or both of the Parties in the production of remanufactured goods; and

l) goods produced in the territory of one or both of the Parties exclusively from goods referred to in subparagraphs (a) through (j), or from their derivatives, at any stage of production.

Source: U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Article 6.22

Step 3: Identify the Rule of Origin under KORUS

Note: The information presented on this website is meant to serve as a general guide. Only the agreement text and the customs regulations issued to implement the agreement are definitive. For complex issues or where interpretation is required, U.S. exporters should seek legal assistance or an advance ruling from the Korean Customs Service.