Korea - Clearance Requirements
On Nov 3, 2014, the Korea Customs Service (KCS) began to fully enforce the use of road name addresses. Shipments with addresses based on the old land-oriented lot-number system are non-compliant. To avoid customs delays, road name addresses (road/street name, house/building number, and postal code) must be provided on the air waybill and commercial invoice.
To find road name addresses corresponding to the old lot-number addresses, click here to access an address conversion site.
For detailed information, please visit the FedEx Express Korea regulatory news page.
Shipments Valued up to USD$100
On Sept. 1, 2014, Korean customs introduced a new customs requirement for informal shipments valued up to USD$100. The HS (Harmonized System) code for these shipments must be provided on the air waybill. If the HS code is not provided, shipments may be inspected and delayed by customs. A list of HS codes for commodities imported into Korea can be found at hscode.org.
Korean customs began screening non-dutiable shipments with a declared value up to USD$100 on July 1, 2009. To avoid customs clearance and delivery delays, shippers must continue to provide the following information on the air waybill and supporting shipping documents.
- Complete and accurate recipient information
- Detailed commodity description
- Commodity value
- Quantity of commodity
The accurate, fair market value must appear on the air waybill and supporting shipping documents for all items; including but not limited to samples, items for repair, replacements, and used items.