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Trade chief to visit U.S. for talks on EV tax credit

Corporate Newsroom 09:50 September 05, 2022

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun will depart for the United States on Monday for talks on the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that excludes electric vehicles assembled outside North America from tax incentives.

The IRA, signed by U.S. President Joe Biden in August, gives tax credits to buyers of EVs assembled only in North America, sparking concerns that carmakers here will lose ground in the U.S. market as they make EVs at domestic plants for export.

During the three-day stay through Wednesday, Ahn plans to hold meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and other government and Congress officials to seek resolutions, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

Ahn's planned visit came after a government delegation's trip to Washington last week to discuss the issue with the U.S. side. Industry Minister Lee Chang-yang also plans to visit the U.S. this month, according to his office.

Last week, the National Assembly also passed a resolution expressing concerns over the discriminatory nature of the law.

The U.S. has vowed to have discussions with South Korea over the issue, and Seoul has proposed forming a formal consultation channel, according to government officials.

Following the visit to Washington, Ahn will fly to Los Angeles to attend the two-day ministerial meeting on the Indo-Pacific Economic Partnership set to begin Thursday, the ministry said.

South Korea's Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun speaks before departing for the United States from Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Sept. 5, 2022, to discuss the U.S.' Inflation Reduction Act with U.S. officials. (Yonhap)


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