Ohio Exports

Goods sectors identified by the USITC as benefitting most from the U.S.-Korea FTA accounted for $22.1 billion or 65% of Ohio's exports to the world in 2009. The largest of these sectors were transportation equipment ($9.9 billion in exports for 2009), machinery ($4.9 billion), metal products ($2.2 billion), electrical equipment ($1.6 billion), and plastic & rubber products ($1.4 billion).

Ohio Exports to Korea

In 2009 Korea was Ohio's 13th largest goods export market, with goods exports to Korea totaling $473 million. Of those goods exports $232 million were in sectors that the USITC identified as benefiting most from the US-Korea FTA. The largest of these sectors in Ohio were: machinery (current Korean tariffs are 7.5%), transportation equipment (3.8%), and metal products (3.8%).

Rising Discrimination against Ohio’s Exports to Korea

The tariffs on exports to Korea from the European Union, the principal competitor of the United States in world export markets, are already scheduled to fall to zero as a result of the Korea-EU free trade agreement. The result will be increasing price discrimination in the export market to Korea favoring EU over U.S. exports. A U.S.-Korea FTA would not only eliminate Korean barriers to U.S. exports, but also restore parity of treatment in the Korean market for U.S. exporters with their EU counterparts.

Manufacturing and Jobs in Ohio (2007 data)

The ITC identified manufacturing sectors that would benefit from the U.S.-Korea FTA. For those manufacturing sectors in Ohio, reported revenue totaled $181.8 billion, 61% of Ohio’s total reported manufacturing revenue of $295.9 billion. These sectors employed 496,215 people in 8,997 establishments.

Ohio’s manufacturing sectors identified by the USITC as benefitting most from the U.S.-Korea FTA had reported revenue totaling $181.8 billion, 61% of Ohio’s total reported manufacturing revenue of $295.9 billion. These sectors employed 496,215 people in 8,997 establishments.

Manufacturing Sector Ohio Employees (Thousands) Ohio Establishments (Number) Ohio Revenue (Billions $)
Transportation Equipment 129 747 77.6
Metal products 125 3,998 30.1
Machinery 78 1,890 19.7
Plastic & Rubber products 74 1,041 17.4
Electrical Equipment 32 334 9.7


Sources: U.S. International Trade Commission’s “U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement: Potential Economy-Wide and Selected Sectoral Effects” (September 2007) and U.S. Census Bureau.

USTR Conference Information

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Peterson Institute for International Economics
1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1903

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk will hold a conference event titled "Jobs on Main Street, Customers Around the World: A Positive Trade Agenda for US Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises" at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on Thursday, January 21, 2010 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Featured participants at the conference will be Administrator Karen G. Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis Hightower, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro. The event will be open to the public, with small- and medium-sized business leaders, congressional offices, and other stakeholders invited to participate. Registration details will be announced shortly.

USTR is committed to supporting economic recovery through export-oriented growth. In particular, USTR works to make trade policy work for America's small- and medium-sized businesses - America's biggest job creators and a wellspring of export potential.

AGENDA (subject to change)


9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute for International Economics

9:10 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Remarks and Introduction
SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills

9:20 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Remarks
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Roundtable I
SME Export Successes and Major Policy Barriers
Moderator: Ambassador Ron Kirk

Panel Members:
Charles Anderson,Winter Park, FL, President, Distributed Data Services, Inc.
Peter Carnes, College Park, MD, Acting CEO, Traffax, Inc.
Todd DeGarmo, Washington, DC, CEO, STUDIOS Architecture
Tim Herbert, Washington, DC, Vice-President for Research, CompTIA
Chuck Wetherington, Hanover, MD, President, BTE Technologies
Joanne Wilson, Washington, DC, Vice-President, Compass Rose International, Inc.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Roundtable II
Key Issues in Export Promotion
Moderator: Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Rochelle Lipsitz

Panel Members:
Drew Greenblatt, Baltimore, MD, President, Marlin Steel Wire Product
Steve Holland, Bozeman, MT, Director, Montana Manufacturing Center
Lester Keizer, Las Vegas, NV, Co-Owner and Executive Vice-President of Marketing, XiloCore
Dr. Toby Malichi, Indianapolis, IN, Founder and Chief Strategic Advisor, Malichi Group Worldwide
Peter Mulroy, New York, NY, Senior Vice-President, CIT
Roy Paulson, Temecula, CA, CEO, Paulson Manufacturing

12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. Roundtable III
Response: Developing Effective Trade Policy and Promotion for U.S. SMEs

Miriam Sapiro, Deputy United States Trade Representative
Dennis Hightower, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Sharon Freeman, Washington, DC, President, Lark-Horton Global Consulting