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Import Documentation

To enable clearance for CITES shipments, please ensure CITES Certificate is forwarded by Express service.
Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.

An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to proof that his products fulfil the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.

The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs below.

An invoice declaration can be made out by a so called approved exporter for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The customs authorities of the exporting country or territory can authorised exporters who frequently exports products under the Agreement to make out invoice declarations irrespective of the value of the products concerned. Exporters granted with such an authorisation are referred to as approved exporter. The customs authorities grant him with a customs authorisation number which shall appear on the invoice declaration.

The exporter making out an invoice declaration must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

The text of the invoice declaration is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Important: Exporters making out invoice declarations but not having the status of an approved exporter with being exempt from signing invoice declarations are unable to use the UPS service of Paperless Invoice. They have to sign off the Paperless Invoice functionality for shipments where they want to use invoice declarations.

For more information,please refer to Free Trade Agreements

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Packing list is not mandatory required.
Foods, drugs, medicines, medical instruments, automatic data processing machines and telecommunication apparatus require an import permit issued by the respective administration or institute such as the Korean FDA or the Korean Medical Devices Institute.
Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from Germany to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with Germany as the destination.

Clearance Information

KR Customs imposes penalties on discrepancies between the address on the manifest and the consignee delivery address. Penalties due to address discrepancies will be charged back to origin. First time penalty will be KRW 100,000, second time penalty will be KRW 250,000, and third time penalty will be KRW 500,000.

The penalties are applying to 'Deminimis shipments including documents' and 'Formal shipments declared as individuals'.

An example of an accurate/complete consignee delivery address is as follows:

  •  UPS Korea, Human Resource Department, Han-Young Building 5F, 94-3, Mullae-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, 07295, KOREA.

Customs will pre-audit shipments of golf clubs and jewelry. Clearance delays should be expected.
Due to Korea Customs regulations, effective immediately, the following is required for all imported goods into South Korea - An Irremovable label (Engraved or Non-removable printing) that shows the country or territory of origin needs to be affixed to all commodity/goods. In cases where the commodity/goods is of a delicate nature (engraving or permanent printing is not applicable), then the country or territory of origin must be affixed on each package / packing. Any arriving goods which does not have fixed evidence of country or territory of origin (which is irremovable) will expect delays and penalties.
With effect from September 1st, 2014 Korea Customs enforces that all deminimis shipments invoices should declare 2 digits of HS codes to be qualified as simple entries. Shipments without the 2 digits of HS codes must be declared as formal entry. These shipments are subject to duty and tax.

Restricted items such as drugs, medical instruments and pharmaceuticals are not considered as Deminimis shipment. Undervalued shipments will be penalized by Customs.

Korea Customs will tighten up the screening on shipment information for low value non-document import shipments below US$150.00 (below US$200.00 for US origin shipment) in value as well as under declared shipments. This may result in customs clearance delay if Korea Customs find incomplete/inaccurate shipment information under declared and mis-keyed shipment values. The consignee address should have building name, room number (or floor), street address including area information (xxxx-gu). Initials or false names of individual consignees are not allowed and an invalid phone number should not be provided. Otherwise, shipments needs time to be declared as a formal entry and then duty and tax may be incurred accordingly. Some examples are as follows  Inaccurate or incomplete consignee name, address and phone number  Bad example Miss. Kim (PH#: 1111111111) Hankook APT, Unnam-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, 22372, Korea  Good example JiHyun You (PH#: 82327443000) Hankook APT 201-1110, 7, Unnamseo-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, 22372, Korea
  • Inadequate description Example : samples/part/ replacement/ ref nos are not acceptable
  • Itemized value is required Example : US$135.00 for 2 pieces of pen and 5 pieces of books is not acceptable Itemized values 2 pieces of pens at USD 5 each, 5 pieces of book at US$25.00 each are required.
  • Under declared or mis-keyed shipment value Example: Invoice value is US$1000.00 but keyed as US$100.00
  • Wrong or missing consignees phone /mobile numbers Example: 000000, 111111, 999999, 123456, NA Korea Customs will implement a penalty regime with effect from July, 01, 2009 where customs penalty of up to US$200.00 per infringement will be levied.
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union & South Korea took effect on July 1, 2011.

In accordance with the Protocol Concerning the Definition of "Originating Products" and Methods of Administrative Cooperation under the EU-KR FTA, an Origin declaration may be made out:

  • by an approved exporter within the meaning of Article 17; or
  • by any exporter for any consignment consisting of one or more packages containing originating products whose total value does not exceed 6,000 euros.

An origin declaration shall be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on the invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document, the following text in accordance with the legislation of the exporting Party. If the declaration is handwritten, it shall be written in ink in capital characters.

TEXT OF THE ORIGIN DECLARATION

The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorization No ...................(1)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of ..............(2) preferential origin. ....................................................................3 (Place and date) .................................................4 (Signature of the exporter, in addition to the name of the person signing the declaration has to be indicated in clear script)

1) When the origin declaration is made out by an approved exporter, the authorization number of the approved exporter must be entered in this space. When the origin declaration is not made out by an approved exporter, the words in brackets shall be omitted or the space left blank.
2) Origin of products to be indicated. When the origin declaration relates, in whole or in part, to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla, the exporter must clearly indicate them in the document on which the declaration is made out by means of the symbol "CM".
3) These indications may be omitted if the information is contained on the document itself.
4) In cases where the exporter is not required to sign, the exemption of signature also implies the exemption of the name of the signatory.

Formal Entry
Shipments valued above US$150.00 from Non-US / US$200.00 from US require import declaration per HAWB and shipment of restricted commodities and shipment with insufficient descriptions such as No HS doc, value, quantity, weight or importation purpose might be excluded from same day clearance and require an explanation letter or related documents from consignee to release shipments.
With enforcement of the Korea Privacy Protection law from 7 Aug 2014, all carriers, including UPS have the obligation to advise Customers to obtain a Customs Clearance Indigenous Code (CCIC). CCIC is issued by UNIPASS, Korea Customs Service. Application can be done through UNIPASS website, https://p.customs.go.kr/and it is a reusable 13-digit code that starts with P.

Effective from Jun 3 2019, CCIC mandatory is extended to de-minimis (value below or equal to UD200 from US origin / USD150 from non-US origins) shipments. Namely, it means that all shipments imported into Korea for individuals are required CCIC.

In the interest of shippers and their customers, it is requested that shippers obtain the CCIC from their customers while purchasing from the website so as to avoid potential delay of 2 to 3 days in South Korea. A CCIC can be issued almost instantaneously to applicant. This minimizes inconveniences to citizens and the risk of leaking personal information.

After the grace period for 3 months (by Sep 01, 2019), if CCIC is not provided by origin shippers, the shipment will be held until CCIC is obtained from consignee, duty/ tax might be imposed on shipper / consignee accordingly.

If consignee cannot provide CCIC, the date of birth could be alternatively used.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number is required regardless of shipment's value.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number is required regardless of shipment's value.

Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0900/ Fall +0900
Korean
Won(KRW)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
  • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
  • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
  • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to South Korea. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Cellular telephones require a controlled license. It is almost impossible for a private individual to obtain this license.
Shipments of checks are considered as non-documents which require Formal Entry (shipment value above US$100.00). Invoice must state the declared value and the actual amount written on the check. Consignee should apply for an import permit from Korea Customs Service.
Effective 31 July 2015, shipments of chemical materials under HTS Codes: 2524, 2526, 2707, 2903, 2934, 3204 such as Asbestos, talc (industrial materials), polymer, will require permission from Korea Chemicals Management Association.

To avoid delays, it would be helpful to state the HTS code/s on the invoice and attach the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and Certificate of Analysis (imaged in IDIS).

Shipments of clothing intended for sale must be commerced labeled with the material type and country or territory of origin.
A Quarantine License is required by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA).
Shipments of cosmetics, including manicure items, shampoos, etc. require the consignee to have a Quarantine License as provided by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA).

Functional cosmetics shipment must be customs cleared via formal entry. Cosmetics which contain placenta or steroid, whitening products, wrinkle treatment cosmetics and UV protection are considered as functional cosmetics.

Shipments of dental instruments require an Import Permit from the Korea Medical Devices Industry Association or Korea Food & Drug Administration.
Shipments of medicine require a recommendation from the Korean Food and Drug Administration. Medicine is subject to analysis by a chemist.

Personal shipments of medicine are exempt from the recommendation but are limited to 6 bottles. Personal shipments of DHEA (steroid hormone) are limited to 2 bottles, not to exceed 90 pills per bottle.

Commercial shipments of DHEA are prohibited, including samples.

Cables, batteries, switches, fuses, Capacitor, Automatic circuit breakers etc. require permit from Korea Electric Testing Institute with effect from 31 July 2015.

To avoid delays, it would be helpful to state on the invoice : Purpose of usage (example: switches for PCB), HTS code and Voltage.

Shpr/cnee should provide a certificate from RRA in advance and then UPS contracted broker could get a no. of certificate from RRA in place of shpr/cnee (handling fee per shpt is KRW 33,000). Related website : https://www.rra.go.kr/en/index.do

To reflect duty reduction from university for research purpose, application form of duty reduction and description of products are required. If invoice value is over USD 1,000, recommendation letter from KOAMI(www.koami.go.kr) is additionally required.

Shipments of food (such as extracts of aloes, seeds, bamboos, etc.) require quarantine.
Shipments of medical instruments require a recommendation from the Korean Food and Drug Administration.
Shipments of medicine require a recommendation from the Korean Food and Drug Administration. Medicine is subject to analysis by a chemist.

Personal shipments of medicine are exempt from the recommendation but are limited to 6 bottles. Personal shipments of DHEA (steroid hormone) are limited to 2 bottles, not to exceed 90 pills per bottle.

Commercial shipments of DHEA are prohibited, including samples.

Shipments of military equipment require permission from the National Military.
Empty bottle samples are allowed but limited to a maximum of 2 bottles. Shipments that do not conform to the above, will be confiscated by Korean Customs.
Effective 1 Jan 2017, Undiluted nicotine or solutions containing more than 1% nicotine must submit Specifications of Chemical Materials to the Korea Chemicals Management Association.

If the accumulated weight of imported nicotine from January 1 of each year exceeds 100kg, importers must submit a Toxic Hazard Importation Declaration to the Ministry of Environment of South Korea.

Shipments of pharmaceuticals need a recommendation from the Korean Food and Drug Administration.
Korea has opened its rice market since January 1, 2015. With the effect from March 13, 2015, only 9 customs offices which are well equipped with expertise and experience are dedicated to perform clearance for shipments of rice (Import and Export). These offices are located at Busan, Incheon Sea Port, Pyeongtaek, Kunsan, Mokpo, Donghae, Ulsan, Kwangyang and Masan.

UPS' customers must arrange bonded truck to transport shipments of rice to the nearest customs office for customs clearance. Incheon Airport Customs is not able to handle shipments of rice.

An explanation of the contents is needed by the consignee.
In accordance with Korea's Radio Waves Framework Act on Telecommunications, shipments of broadcasting & communication equipment requires certification from Radio Research Laboratory.
Effective 31 July 2015, Furniture (e.g. childrens playground equipment) and Toys for sale to children aged below 14 years, require permission from Korea conformity Laboratory. Personal shipments and toys for children over 14 years are exempted.

To avoid delays, it would be helpful to state on the invoice : Age group suitability for toys, detailed commodity description, HTS code.

Shipments of vitamins require a recommendation from the Korean Food and Drug Administration. Personal shipments are exempt from the recommendation but are limited to 6 bottles.

Gift Exemptions

150000.00 Won KRW
company-to-individual
per shipment

In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.

150000.00 Won KRW
individual-to-individual
per shipment

In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.

Invoice Requirements

Shipments to South Korea must be accompanied by 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice. Invoices and pre-alert notifications must provide accurate and detailed descriptions of the shipments in English. The provision of the H.S. code would expedite clearance. The following information must be included on the invoice:

*Effective Apr 01, 2019, KR customs will hold about no brand name & poor description of goods for Individual and consumer goods such as clothes, shoes and electric goods etc. to set a fair taxable value based on correct information of goods / To avoid undervalued and fake good.

  • Reason for import (for example, "sample")
  • Currency (for example, USD)
  • Itemized unit value and a total value for each item
  • Brand Name/Model/Part number of commodity(s)
  • Incoterms (for example, DDP, DOB, and CPT)
  • Country or Territory of origin
  • Consignee's telephone number
  • UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
    UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory considers the following items documents. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Blank airline tickets are classified as non-documents.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to South Korea.

    Import of Alcoholic beverages into South Korea is permitted via ISC contract service.

    For direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments, the wine shall be packaged in appropriate receptacles of less than 1 liter each.

    The receptacles of the wine must bear an indication enabling the bottler to be identified.

    It can be cleared without quarantine if for personal consumption only and it is limited to 1 bottle (1 liter).

    Animal skins are prohibited.
    Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    Electronic Cigarette can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Shipment with battery and charger requires import permit under the provision of Electrical Appliances Safety Control Act. Products brochure review or physical inspection is required by Customs if there is no battery.

    Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
    Shipments of knives require permission from the Police Department.
    Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

    Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

    Kitchen Waste Disposer
    The environmental protection law prohibits kitchen waste disposers from importing into Korea.
    Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.
    Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
    Traveler's checks are prohibited.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    A surcharge of 49 Euros will be charged for Saturday delivery.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    Special Clearance Requirements

    Duty drawback applies to raw materials and subsidiary materials for export.
    The consignee must obtain and complete the necessary paperwork from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for duty-free embassy or diplomatic shipments. Once the paperwork has been completed, UPS will retrieve the paperwork from the consignee and complete the Customs clearance process.

    Duty and taxes are applied when an original request from an embassy is not provided.

    The invoice should state "goods for government use only."
    The camp name should be stated on the first line of the consignee’s information (for example, U.S. Military or XX camp) and the invoice should state, "goods for military use only.”

    UPS will fax the consignee the copies of the waybill, invoice, and 95 EK Form. The consignee will need to fax the waybill, invoice, and Import Declaration to the Military Customs office to get SOFA stamps. For shipments to the U.S. Army, the 95 EK Form (Import Declaration Certification USFK, ROK-US SOFA) is required and must be signed by a U.S. Customs officer at the SOFA division located in South Korea. UPS will pick up the paperwork once it is completed. Duty and taxes are applied if original SOFA documents are not provided.

    Repair shipments should be declared as formal-entry. UPS will deliver the waybill to the consignee's broker. UPS picks up an original export permit issued by Customs when the shipment had originally been exported. The invoice should state "returned after repair."

    An original serial number or manufacturer number and a repair detail are required because the whole price of the shipment is exempted from duty. Duty will be based on the repair cost and round-trip freight charge.

    Return shipments should be declared as formal-entry. UPS will deliver the waybill to the consignee's broker. UPS will pick up the original export permit issued by Customs when the shipment had originally been exported. The invoice should state, "return shipment."

    An original export permit showing the serial number or manufacturer number is needed for the shipment to be duty free, 10% tax.

    Many items of the same kind are not accepted as samples and an explanation letter could be required by customs for duty/tax exemption. The invoice should state "sample of no commercial value" or "sample of free charge." Duty and taxes are applicable if the consignee is not a manufacturer and the items are valued more than US$250.00 including cost, declared value, and freight (CIF).
    New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 150.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • Deminimis values for Korea are US$150.00 for Non-US origin shipments and US$200.00 for US origin shipments. Korea Customs will tighten up the screening on shipment/consignee information for low value non-document import shipments below US$150.00 in value as well as under declared shipments. This may result in customs clearance delay if Korea Customs find incomplete/inaccurate shipment/consignee information, under declared and mis-keyed shipment values. Some examples are as follows:
      • Inaccurate or incomplete consignee name and address
        • Example : UPS Korea, 10F Central Plaza Bldg, 321-6 Shinjeong-Dong, Yangcheon-Gu, Seoul, Korea. The consignee address should have building name, street address such as 321-6 Shinjeong-dong & area information(xxxxx-gu)
        • Initials of individuals (consignees) are not allowed. e.g. J.J. Yu ( should be full name Jung Ja Yu )
      • Inadequate description Example : samples/part/ replacement/ ref nos are not acceptable
      • Itemized value is required Example : US$135.00 for 2 pieces of pen and 5 pieces of books is not acceptable Itemized values 2 pieces of pens at USD 5 each, 5 pieces of book at US$25.00 each are required
      • Under declared or mis-keyed shipment value Example: Invoice value is US$1000.00 but keyed as US$100.00
      • Wrong or missing consignees phone /mobile numbers Example: 000000, 111111, 999999, 123456, NA Korea Customs will implement a penalty regime with effect from July, 01, 2009 where customs penalty of up to US$200.00 per infringement will be levied.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 150.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • Deminimis values for Korea are US$150.00 for Non-US origin shipments and US$200.00 for US origin shipments. Korea Customs will tighten up the screening on shipment/consignee information for low value non-document import shipments below US$150.00 in value as well as under declared shipments.

      Effective from 03 Jun 2019, all import shipments for individuals are required CCIC regardless of invoice value and the date of birth could be alternatively used if consignee cannot provide CCIC. Application can be done through UNIPASS website, https://p.customs.go.kr/ and it is a reusable 13-digit code that starts with P.

      This may result in customs clearance delay if Korea Customs find incomplete/inaccurate shipment/consignee information, under declared and mis-keyed shipment values. Some examples are as follows:

    • When consignee's CCIC or the date of birth do not exist
    • Inaccurate or incomplete consignee name and address
      • Example : UPS Korea, 10F Central Plaza Bldg, 321-6 Shinjeong-Dong, Yangcheon-Gu, Seoul, Korea. The consignee address should have building name, street address such as 321-6 Shinjeong-dong & area information(xxxxx-gu)
      • Initials of individuals (consignees) are not allowed. e.g. J.J. Yu ( should be full name Jung Ja Yu )
    • Inadequate description Example : samples/part/ replacement/ ref nos are not acceptable
    • Itemized value is required Example : US$135.00 for 2 pieces of pen and 5 pieces of books is not acceptable Itemized values 2 pieces of pens at USD 5 each, 5 pieces of book at US$25.00 each are required
    • Under declared or mis-keyed shipment value Example: Invoice value is US$1000.00 but keyed as US$100.00
    • Wrong or missing consignees phone /mobile numbers Example: 000000, 111111, 999999, 123456, NA Korea Customs will implement a penalty regime with effect from July, 01, 2009 where customs penalty of up to US$200.00 per infringement will be levied.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419.10 cm (165.0 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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