S.Korea's parliament ratifies revised FTA with U.S.
SEOUL, Dec 7 (Reuters) - South Korea's parliament has
ratified a revised bilateral free trade agreement with the
United States on Friday, the trade ministry said, paving the way
for the deal to come into effect on Jan. 1 with the main impact
Under the revision, the countries agreed to extend U.S.
tariffs on Korean pickup trucks by 20 years until 2041.
U.S. automakers will also be able to ship 50,000 vehicles
per automaker that meet U.S. safety standards, not necessarily
Korean standards, up from 25,000 vehicles previously.
The United States is South Korea's long-standing ally and
second biggest trading partner after China.
The ministry statement said it would prepare for the new
deal's implementation from the New Year, as targeted by both
sides, through discussions with the U.S. government.
The two nations signed the altered agreement in September,
but needed approval from their legislatures.
(Reporting By Jane Chung;
Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
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