What if intellectual property is used without authorization? Third, Korea has requested changes to the rules of origin applicable to three categories of textile products that are not available in Korea or the United States and therefore must come from other countries.37 This amendment was requested because the current “wire-to-sight” rules allow a textile product to benefit from the lower rights of a free trade agreement only if it is made up of threads and fabrics from one of the parties to the free trade agreement. The United States supports specific rules in its trade agreements because it restricts intermediate consumption from other countries.38 The United States has agreed to expedite its process of verifying domestic and domestic availability and has expressed its willingness to change the rules of origin specific to textile and clothing products (Annex 4-A) if there is no commercial availability. This would be a positive development in terms of relaxing the strict rules on cutting-edge yarn, which hinder the most efficient methods of textile and clothing manufacturing. The agreement established a number of specialized commissions and working groups between the two parties to monitor implementation. These organizations also provide an opportunity to find solutions to market access problems and to establish closer regulatory cooperation. An annual trade commission at the ministerial level plays a supervisory role and aims to ensure that the agreement works. The EU and South Korea have agreed on high labour and environmental standards to protect workers and the environment. The agreement will establish mechanisms to ensure compliance with these commitments, including through the participation of civil society. Learn more about how the agreement works in practice. The EU and South Korea are now working together on technical regulation, establishing standards and compliance assessments to facilitate international trade. This ensures that you do not waste money and/or time in double or multiple procedures. With respect to electrical safety, South Korea has the option of continuing to apply for third-party certification for a shortlist of 53 items if it can justify them pose a risk to human health and safety.
These are listed in the trade agreement of Schedule 2-B, Appendix 2-B-3. The agreement also allows for bilateral accumulation. Materials originating in South Korea can be considered to be from the EU when used in the manufacture of a product in the EU and vice versa. The free trade agreement also addresses non-tariff barriers, particularly in the automotive, pharmacy, medical device and electronics sectors. The EU-South Korea trade agreement offers you better opportunities to apply for South Korean government contracts. The agreement ensures that competition rules also apply to state-controlled enterprises or enterprises and prohibits certain types of subsidies considered particularly dangerous to competition. The database also contains information on rights to registered and unregistered designs. They can benefit from a more open South Korean services market under the trade agreement. For more information on this and other free trade agreements, please visit the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. This result is worrying because it brings trade policy back to the 1980s and uses an instrument that operates outside current international rules.