Posted on May 29, 2018
Threshold Amount Increase for Delivery before the Payment of Duties and Taxes for Inbound Shipments to South Korea
In order to expedite customs clearance and delivery of shipments, FedEx delivers inbound shipments to South Korea before the payment of duties and taxes(D&T). This is applicable if D&T are within a pre-determined threshold and shipments are destined to importers in South Korea with a valid FedEx account number, who declared the shipment using their business customs clearance code. Customers must pay the D&T to Customs directly within 15 days of declaration approval. If payment is not made by the due date, FedEx will pay on behalf of customers and a surcharge based on a flat rate or percentage of the total payment made will be imposed.
Starting from June 1, 2018, the maximum D&T threshold amount for an inbound shipment will increase from KRW 1,500,000 to KRW 4,000,000 per air waybill. This enhancement is part of our efforts to provide customers with expedited delivery of shipments.
For the new threshold to apply, the FedEx account number of the recipient must be included in the “Payment - Bill duties and taxes to Recipient” section on the air waybill of the shipment. If the FedEx account of the recipient is not stated on the air waybill, the current threshold of KRW 1,500,000 will apply.
If you have any inquiries, please contact Customer Service team.
Updated on May 28, 2018
Call-in Cut-off Time Adjustment in Seoul
We would like to inform you that we will be adjusting the currnet call-in cut-off time at 18.00 in some areas of Seoul* to 17.00**, effective June 1, 2018.
In order to accommodate pick-ups after 17.00 in the areas, FedEx will provide a pick-up service for next day uplift until 19.00** if customers call-in by 17.00. Also FedEx stations in the areas will extend their working hours to 18.30 and accept shipments for same-day uplift. Please visit 'Find Locations' for the drop-off locations nearby and the business hours
For more details, please contact Customer Service or Sales representative.
*For the impacted areas, please contact Customer Service.
**Subject to completion of shipment and the related document for shipping
Posted on March 21, 2018
Notification of Business Transfer
FedEx confirms that Federal Express Corporation, Korea Branch will transfer all relevant businesses in Korea to Federal Express Korea LLC, effective May 1, 2018, subject to regulatory and other clearances.
There will be no change to our service and operations. Our service commitments to our customers and vendors remain the same. Customers and vendors will see minimal impact and will be duly informed of any actions necessary by the respective FedEx contacts.
Posted on November 17, 2017
TNT customer data to be migrated to FedEx Express
FedEx Express and TNT have started integrating in countries/territories around the world, and will soon begin in Korea. Over time, our integration will give customers better connectivity and access to more opportunities in the global marketplace.
To enable the integration process, and to provide customers with an even better service, TNT customer data including personal information contained therein (the “Data”) has been migrated to FedEx Express Korea LCC and Federal Express Corporation Korea Branch, effective on (date tbc after the completion of data migration).
The Data will be used by both FedEx Express and TNT in Korea. Similar processes are taking place all around the world.
The TNT customer data has been migrated from the following legal entity.
TNT Express Korea LLC
TRUTECT Building 11F 12, World Cup buk-ro 56gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 03924, Korea
When the FedEx Express and TNT integration starts in Korea, customers will soon start to see the benefits of these leading companies coming together.
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Posted on March 24, 2017
Please be informed that the consent form for processing the personal information is revised accordingly.
Shipping Power Banks with FedEx
Posted on December 30, 2016
Effective January 1, 2017, shipments containing Power Banks must be classified as batteries, assigned as UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, where applicable, and prepared in accordance with the “2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document” published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“Power Banks" are portable devices containing a lithium battery or batteries with a circuit to control the power flow. They are designed to be able to charge consumer devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Power Banks must therefore be tendered as fully regulated Section IA or IB UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, whichever is applicable, for transport in the FedEx system. All UN 3090 Power Banks are subject to the FedEx pre-approval process.
For your reference, the following are examples of common types of Power Banks:
- Universal Power Bank. This comes in many sizes and configurations, which can be tailored to the needs of the user and device. This item typically has a Mini or Micro-USB socket for charging and full-sized USB sockets for discharging.
- Solar-Charged Power Bank. This has photovoltaic panels, which can trickle-charge the internal battery when placed in sunlight.
- Battery Phone Case. While this older style can be handy, it has very narrow device compatibility.
Please refer to the 2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document for further information as to how these devices must be classified and prepared for air transport.
Should you have any questions, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service team and ask to speak with a Dangerous Goods specialist.
FedEx Express Policy Change on Lithium Battery Shipments (Effective January 1, 2017) (Updated)
Posted on December 21, 2016
New FedEx Express operator variations will come into effect as of January 1, 2017. These operator variations will impact all FedEx Express shipments containing stand-alone lithium metal batteries Section II (categorized as UN 3090) or stand-alone lithium ion batteries Section II (categorized as UN 3480).
Effective January 1, 2017, FedEx Express will no longer accept UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries that have been prepared as IATA Section II shipments. Instead, shipments containing UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries must be offered as fully regulated IATA Section I shipments (either IA or IB)*. Please note that UN 3090 and UN 3480 lithium batteries Section IA/IB are fully regulated Class 9 Dangerous Goods and are classified as Inaccessible Dangerous Goods (IDG).
Please plan to make changes on how you classify, identify, package, mark, label, and document your lithium battery shipments.
What labels and marks are required for a lithium battery package?
Shipments containing UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries Section IA/IB will require IATA-compliant markings and labeling, including:
a "Class 9" label;
a "Cargo Aircraft Only" label; and,
an IATA Lithium Battery Mark or Handling Label (Required for Section IB shipments only).
When the mark/label is required, customers have the choice of using either the Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 7.1.C in the 58th edition of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations), which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, or the existing Lithium Battery Handling Label (Figure 7.4.H in the 58th edition of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations), which can continue to be used until December 31, 2018. As of January 1, 2019, only the Lithium Battery Mark can be used.
Please note that the UN number must be placed on the IATA Lithium Battery Mark (IATA Figure 7.1.C), whereas the UN number should be placed on the package adjacent to Lithium Battery Handling Label (IATA Figure 7.4.H). The process of placing the UN number adjacent to the Lithium Battery Label (IATA Figure 7.4.H) will be a mandatory requirement of FedEx as of July 1, 2017, as per FedEx variation ‘FX-05’ to the IATA DG Regulations 58th edition.
Which FedEx Express services can I use for UN 3090 and UN 3480 shipments?
You will be able to use all FedEx Express service options that allow Inaccessible Dangerous Goods (IDG) shipments*, and an IDG surcharge will apply. This information is available at: www.fedex.com/dangerousgoods.
What if I’m pre-approved for the UN 3090 Section II list?
Customers who ship lithium metal batteries (UN3090) with FedEx must be pre-approved by FedEx Express to comply with the FedEx operator variations in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Customers who are currently pre-approved by FedEx on the UN 3090 Section II list will automatically be placed on the UN 3090 Section I pre-approved list*.
What’s different about Dangerous Goods training for staff?
Depending on your staff’s current Dangerous Goods certification, additional training may be required. Staff handling shipments with UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries will need full Dangerous Goods training.
When can I see the new IATA lithium battery policy?
IATA published its new lithium battery policy in its Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual on October 12, 2016. You may purchase it directly from IATA at www.iata.org.
What if my lithium batteries are UN 3091 or UN 3481 (lithium metal/ion batteries contained in or packed with equipment)?
The new policy changes will not impact UN 3091 or UN 3481 (lithium metal/ion batteries contained in or packed with equipment).
Should you have any questions, please contact your local Customer Service team and ask to speak with a Dangerous Goods specialist.
*Note: Acceptable to/from FedEx Dangerous Goods locations where UN 3090/UN 3480 is not prohibited.
Unacceptance of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shipment
Posted on October 14, 2016
We are committed to the safe transport of shipments in our networks. With Samsung discontinuing sales of its replacement Galaxy Note7 smartphones, FedEx has taken additional steps to ensure our priority on safety. FedEx Express is no longer accepting any Galaxy Note7 smartphones including those from authorized distributors under any circumstances.
Lithium Battery Shipment Restrictions (Updated)
FedEx will no longer accept stand-alone lithium-ion batteries (categorized as UN3480, P.I. 965) or stand-alone lithium-metal batteries (categorized as UN3090 P.I. 968) from world-wide origins to Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Maldives, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Laos and Fiji.
Additionally, destinations or origins where FedEx is able to accept stand-alone lithium-ion or stand-alone lithium-metal battery shipments may have certain restrictions. For details, please contact your local Customer Service team.
These restrictions generally do not apply to lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries (section II) packed with equipment or contained in equipment.
Further information on shipping lithium batteries can be found here.
FedEx International First® (FIF) Service Expands
FedEx Express has expanded coverage of its early delivery, time-definite service, FedEx International First (FIF). FIF for exports is now available from more countries/territories in Asia Pacific (APAC) to worldwide destinations:
- Seven new APAC countries - China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are now able to export shipments via FIF to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
- Export shipments via FIF from select APAC countries/territories are now available to more destinations in other regions including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Belgium Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
- Import shipments via FIF service to existing APAC destinations are available from more Latin America countries including Bolivia, Belize, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, El Salvador; and Colombia.
For more information about FIF service and coverage, please click here.
Transit time improvement for import shipments to western Japan
Effective August 4, 2014, the transit time for import shipments to Osaka and Hyogo prefectures will be reduced.
Inbound FedEx International Priority (IP), FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF), FedEx International Economy (IE) and FedEx International Economy Freight (IEF) shipments from the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and African regions will be reduced by one business day.
The transit time for FedEx International Priority (IP) and FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF) services from North American and Latin American regions will be reduced from the current 18:00 to 12:00 (noon) the next business day after the shipment’s arrival and customs clearance.
Improved services apply to the following areas:
From the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and African regions to:
- Ibaraki, Minoo, Settsu, Suita, Takatsuki, and Toyonaka cities, and Mishima gun, Shimamoto-cho
- Kobe city: Chuo, Hyogo, Nada, and Nagata-ku
- Ashiya, Itami, and Nishinomiya cities
From the North and Latin American regions to:
- Osaka city: All 24 wards
- Daito, Kadoma, Higashiosaka, Minoo, Moriguchi, Suita, and Yao cities
- Amagasaki city
FedEx Launches Award-winning SenseAware® Service for Sensitive Shipments in Asia Pacific
SenseAware® powered by FedEx, an innovative web-based application linked to a multi- sensor device that enables customers to stay connected to their most sensitive shipments, is now available in selected APAC markets in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Developed by the FedEx innovation team, SenseAware® powered by FedEx gives customers a new level of visibility and connectivity to critical and sensitive shipments. It provides access to the vital statistics of a shipment while it is in transit in near real-time and also enables sharing of that information with business partners.
The SenseAware® powered by FedEx service can provide:
• Precise temperature readings
• A shipment’s exact location
• An alert if a shipment is opened or if the contents have been exposed to light
• Real-time data regarding the vital signs of a shipment which can be shared with trusted parties
Initially designed to meet the needs of the life science, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries, SenseAware® powered by FedEx can monitor items that are:
• Unique or rare — such as samples from clinical trials.
• Temperature sensitive — such as pharmaceuticals.
• Light sensitive — such as biological specimens.
• Time critical or location critical — such as surgical kits.
• Highly controlled or regulated — such as materials requiring chain-of-custody certification.
• Bio-hazardous or dangerous — such as bacteria and viruses.
• Highly valuable — such as medical equipment.
Initially available for shipments only in the U.S., SenseAware® can now help customers monitor shipments and inventory in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. SenseAware® is also targeting further international expansion.
SenseAware® powered by FedEx is unique to FedEx and it is the only device and service that lets shippers know and monitor the current location, temperature, light exposure, humidity, and barometric pressure of their shipments.
If you wish to learn more please click here or contact your FedEx Account Executive or Customer Service Team on 13 26 10.
Packaging Tips for Lithium Battery Shipments
At FedEx, we understand the importance of ensuring the safe transport of your shipment. Lithium battery shipments or shipments with items that contain lithium batteries may overheat and ignite in certain conditions and, once ignited, maybe difficult to extinguish. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the regulations and correct handling procedures to ensure the safety of your packages and those who handle the shipment.
FedEx strictly adheres to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations. As such, FedEx has compiled a set of guidelines that govern packing, marking and labeling of shipments of lithium batteries and items that contain charged batteries.
Shipments containing lithium batteries must follow the specific packaging guidelines below:
- Batteries are to be packed individually.
- Batteries must be shielded and protected to prevent short circuits.
- Batteries are completely enclosed.
- Items for shipment must be placed in a sturdy outer container.
- Labeling and documentation needs to be checked for accuracy.
- Packaging must meet the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3. Please refer to the following link to get the latest update of such requirements. http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/danger/publi/manual/Rev5_Amend1/ST-SG-AC10-11-Rev5-Amend1e.pdf.
In addition, as lithium batteries, both lithium ion and lithium metal, are fully regulated dangerous goods, it is important that the shipment is correctly identified, classified, packaged, marked and labeled. A Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods must also be completed and signed by a trained shipper.
FedEx will not accept shipments of any electronic product that includes recalled or defective lithium batteries, such as laptop computers.
To view detailed packaging guidelines and FedEx best practices for shipping lithium batteries, please click here.
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Notification of the Delay in Business Transfer
Posted on July 24, 2017
The business transfer of “Federal Express Corporation, Korea Branch” to “Federal Express Korea LLC (Limited Liability Company, Yuhan Hoesa)” will be pushed back due to regulatory reasons and now will take effect on May 1, 2018 instead of August 1, 2017 planned.
Until further notice, we would like to ask vendors/customers to continue the use of current business registration number and entity name of Federal Express Corporation, Korea Branch. We would like to ask for your kind understanding for such delay.
Change in FedEx Customer Service operating hours on public holidays
Posted on December 26, 2016
Effective January 1, 2017, we will change FedEx Customer Service operating hours on public holidays to 9.00~13.00. Please click here to see FedEx Customer Service operating hours in detail.
FedEx Cheonan Station to be reallocated into FedEx Chungcheong station (Effective November 1, 2017)
Posted on October 12, 2016
Effective November 1, 2016, FedEx Cheonan station will be reallocated to FedEx Chungcheong station. The call-in cut-off time for a same pickup and the transit times for export/import shipments, served by FedEx Cheonan station will remain the same.
If you wish to drop off or pick up your packages by yourself, please visit either FedEx Chungcheong or Suwon station. Please click here and check FedEx locations and working hours.
Please contact Customer Service for further inquiries.
Starting April 4, 2016, 5-digit postal codes are required for all shipments to and from Korea
Posted on February 1, 2016
Starting April 4, 2016, 5-digit postal codes are required for all shipments to and from Korea
The Korea Postal code system changed from a 6-digit postal code system to a 5-digit postal code system on August 1, 2015. While FedEx internally converted its system to the 5-digit postal code, customers were asked to continue use of the old 6-digit system for shipments to and from Korea. FedEx would then convert the 6-digit postal codes to the 5-digit postal codes to facilitate smooth customs clearance.
The FedEx internal system is now calibrated for the 5-digit postal code, and starting April 4, 2016, the FedEx system will only accept 5-digit postal codes on shipping documents for all shipments to and from Korea and in all FedEx shipping tools, including ‘Get Rates & Transit Times’ and ‘Schedule and Manage Pickups’ on fedex.com. On and after April 4, 2016, the old 6-digit postal code will not be accepted by the FedEx system.
In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the 5-digit postal code, it is advised that users of FedEx automation tools including, ‘FedEx Ship Manager software’, ‘FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com’ and ‘FedEx Quick Form’, update the postal code in the stored default sender’s information and in the stored default pickup address (when select a ‘Schedule a pickup online’ on the ‘Prepare a Shipment’ page in FedEx Ship Manager on fedex.com) from the 6-digit to the 5-digit postal code starting from April 4, 2016. Please click here for the user guide. For technical inquiries, please contact the FedEx Technical Support Helpdesk
To find the 5-digit postal code based on the road name address or land-lot number address, please visit Korea e-Post site and search under the Postal Code Finder.
* Call-in cut-off time for same day pickup may be changed for some areas according to the transition to a 5-digit postal code.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your FedEx account executive or local customer service team.