U.S.-Korea Business Council

The U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) is the premier business advocacy organization representing America’s top companies engaged with Korea. It is made up of senior-level executives of U.S. companies from every business sector that are major investors in Korea and are actively committed to the Korean market.

Our Mission

The USKBC was established in 1987 with a mission to foster better business ties between the United States and Korea, as well as to promote the bilateral economic and political relationship in order to expand trade and investment between the two countries.

Our History

The origins of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and the Korea-U.S. Business Council date to July 1986, when James M. Voss, chairman of the Caltex Corporation, and Dr. Nam Duck-Woo, chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council (KUSEC), agreed to organize a joint conference of U.S. and Korean business executives. The U.S.-Korea Business Council and the Korea-U.S. Business Council were established in 1987 to realize this vision.

The U.S.-Korea Business Council was established as an independent organization under the chairmanship of David Roderick, chairman of the USX Corporation. KUSEC (now hosted by the Korea International Trade Association) assumed responsibility as the secretariat of the Korean council, which was chaired by Dr. Nam Duck-woo. The two councils held their first joint steering committee meeting in March 1998 and their inaugural joint conference in October 1988 in Seoul, Korea.

The founding mission of the councils was to foster better business ties between the United States and Korea, and to promote the bilateral economic and political relationship in order to expand trade and investment between the two countries. Through dialogue, working groups, and other unilateral and joint initiatives, the councils for more than twenty years have led efforts in both the United States and Korea to improve the bilateral trade and investment environment.

In 1999, the Federation of Korean Industries assumed responsibility from KUSEC as the secretariat of the Korea-U.S. Business Council. In 2002, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became secretariat of the U.S.-Korea Business Council.

Recent Activity

CommentJan 16, 2019 - 12:15pm

Submission on the Indo-Pacific Strategy

On January 16, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its various bilateral business councils submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration’s Federal Register Notice on Energy, Information and Communication Technology, and Infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Press ReleaseOct 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Korea Business Council Holds 30th Annual Plenary Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Korea Business Council and the Korea-U.S.

LetterOct 18, 2018 - 10:15am

U.S.-Korea Business Council 30th Plenary Joint Statement

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Korea Business Council and the Korea-U.S. Business Council issued a joint statement upon conclusion of their 30th annual plenary meeting.  

Press ReleaseAug 20, 2018 - 2:45pm

U.S.-Korea Business Council Statement on U.S. Investigation of Potential Auto Tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) today issued the following statement regarding the U.S.

SpeechJul 30, 2018 - 9:45am

Thomas J. Donohue Remarks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

  Indo-Pacific Business ForumRemarks as prepared for delivery byTHOMAS J. DONOHUEPresident and CEOU.S. Chamber of Commerce Good morning everyone.

EventJul 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Indo-Pacific Business Forum Highlights

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted three cabinet secretaries, five agency heads, 15 ambassadors, 20 embassies and 150 business leaders at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday in Washington. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry unveiled several new initiatives while outlining the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific vision.

EventJul 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Indo-Pacific Business Forum

The INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM will bring together key U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and senior leaders from government and business to discuss how government tools and policies can facilitate private sector partnerships to unleash the full potential of the Indo-Pacific region. 

ReportJun 19, 2018 - 5:30pm

Digital Drivers: Korea's Fast Lane to Economic Growth

This report highlights the best practices and policies that Korea can implement to maximize the benefits of technology across sectors, and help the Korean government sustainably develop its vision for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

EventApr 16, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Enhancing the U.S.-Korea Partnership

As part of our KONNECTUS initiative the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Korea International Trade Association cordially invite you to join a discussion of the bilateral trade and investment relationship, including the recently proposed modifications to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

Press ReleaseMar 28, 2018 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber's Donohue Statement on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS): “The U.S. Chamber welcomes today’s announcement from the United States and South Korea regarding KORUS, restoring certainty to one of our most important economic and national security relationships.