Summary of UK-South Korea trade agreement

Information on the trade agreement with South Korea, replicating the effects of the EU-South Korea trade agreement.

This agreement will take effect if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

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What the agreement covers

The agreement will form the basis of economic and trade relations between the UK and South Korea. It maintains the effects of the EU-South Korea trade agreement.

This trade agreement covers:

  • trade in goods and services, including provisions on rules of origin, preferential tariffs and quotas
  • intellectual property, including geographical indications
  • technical barriers to trade
  • trade remedies
  • sanitary and phytosanitary measures
  • customs and trade facilitation
  • competition
  • transparency
  • dispute settlement
  • government procurement

When the agreement will take effect

This agreement will take effect after Brexit, when the EU-South Korea trade agreement no longer applies to the UK.


If you have queries about trade after Brexit contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Published 9 September 2019