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S. Korea to hold hearing on FTA with Britain

All News 11:00 November 20, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's trade ministry said Tuesday it will hold a public hearing to gather opinions on a free trade agreement (FTA) with Britain following that country's exit from the European Union.

Seoul signed a free trade agreement with the EU in 2011, but it has sought to strike a fresh deal with Britain once it formally leaves the 28-nation bloc in March 2019.

Policymakers, experts and industry officials will take part in the hearing at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul on Wednesday to discuss the potential impact from the bilateral trade pact with Britain, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.

The ministry said the bilateral pact would provide a new trade mechanism in the post-Brexit world and open new opportunities in the major market.

Britain is South Korea's second-largest trading partner in Europe, with the bilateral trade volume having increased from $8.79 billion in 2011 to $13.52 billion in 2015, according to the government data.

South Korea's auto industry has benefited most from the implementation of the FTA with the EU, while Britain's exports of crude oil, vehicles and cosmetics have greatly increased over the past seven years.

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