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  • Freeto
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    • September 10, 2010, 01:24:42 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #80 on: June 22, 2011, 01:15:00 pm »
The customs form should've been marked "used" and "personal items." If you can provide proof of prior ownership such as a receipt or maybe indicate scratches or wear on the item then Customs may be convinced not to tax you, but good luck.
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  • Wretchard
  • Super Waygook

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    • September 06, 2010, 09:26:36 am
    • Seoul
Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #81 on: June 22, 2011, 02:24:54 pm »
How can they know what something is worth?

If the guitar is worth $1000, but I say it is worth $500, will they just take my word for it?

First time dealing with this so I'm unsure if I should lie or not.


  • Wretchard
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    • September 06, 2010, 09:26:36 am
    • Seoul
Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #82 on: June 22, 2011, 04:14:31 pm »
Anyone know if the people at customs will open the box and inspect it, or just xray it?

If I say the guitar is worth less than it actually is, can they find out?

What you people think?


  • Wretchard
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    • September 06, 2010, 09:26:36 am
    • Seoul
Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #83 on: June 23, 2011, 07:53:09 am »
So my package is insured for $1000. Anyone know if this info gets passed to Korean customs from Canada Post? Be much better if it didn't haha.


Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #84 on: June 23, 2011, 08:05:25 am »
I had to pay $45 dollars last time...
I bought a swimsuit that costed 30 dollars...
The customs fee was more than the cost of the swimsuit~~sucks


  • christmas
  • Adventurer

    • 66

    • September 10, 2010, 06:45:22 am
    • Chungbuk
Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #85 on: June 23, 2011, 08:16:13 am »
  u won't pay any customs or duty fees if the package is saying used stuff and the value is under 100 dollars..


  • Wretchard
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    • 408

    • September 06, 2010, 09:26:36 am
    • Seoul
Re: Paying Korean customs/duty fees on package from home...
« Reply #86 on: June 23, 2011, 11:32:48 am »
I had to pay $45 dollars last time...
I bought a swimsuit that costed 30 dollars...
The customs fee was more than the cost of the swimsuit~~sucks

Ouch that is rough. How did that happen? Anything under 150,000 Won should not be charged... So the custom's website says...


  • kwhawk
  • Waygookin

    • 10

    • November 21, 2010, 12:03:59 pm
    • South Korea
Shipping question
« Reply #87 on: June 23, 2011, 11:55:05 am »
I just ordered some clothes from the UK and it's valued at over W160,000, so I had to pay taxes on it.  Bummer.  My question is, does this happen with every package?  It seems like they only catch them some times or when the sender declares the content a certain way.

I'm asking because I was planning on having a wedding dress sent to me to have a fitting and then sending it back home.  I reeeeeeeally don't want to pay a 25% tax on the package, which will be worth significantly more than W160,000 .  I might just have to skip the fitting to avoid the tax.

Any advice?


  • Wretchard
  • Super Waygook

    • 408

    • September 06, 2010, 09:26:36 am
    • Seoul
Re: Shipping question
« Reply #88 on: June 23, 2011, 02:27:33 pm »
I just ordered some clothes from the UK and it's valued at over W160,000, so I had to pay taxes on it.  Bummer.  My question is, does this happen with every package?  It seems like they only catch them some times or when the sender declares the content a certain way.

I'm asking because I was planning on having a wedding dress sent to me to have a fitting and then sending it back home.  I reeeeeeeally don't want to pay a 25% tax on the package, which will be worth significantly more than W160,000 .  I might just have to skip the fitting to avoid the tax.

Any advice?

Read that if you import something, and then 'export' it within a year, you can get the money you paid back, but the process is time consuming. That's all I know about it.


  • Wretchard
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    • 408

    • September 06, 2010, 09:26:36 am
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Re: Customs/duty fees
« Reply #89 on: June 24, 2011, 11:44:24 am »
If my brother insured a package for $1000 using Canada Post, will Korean Customs have access to that information? Anyone have any experience with um, undervaluing a package?


Re: Customs/duty fees
« Reply #90 on: September 28, 2011, 08:14:22 pm »
Should have done my homework...bought clothing worth 165 online but never imagined the import duty would cost so much...Also these items will return home within a year for sure so does anyone know how to go about claiming the tax paid back at all???


  • Davey
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    • February 01, 2010, 01:36:20 pm
Re: Customs/duty fees
« Reply #91 on: September 29, 2011, 12:49:45 pm »
Should have done my homework...bought clothing worth 165 online but never imagined the import duty would cost so much...Also these items will return home within a year for sure so does anyone know how to go about claiming the tax paid back at all???

Trying posting your question on their web site. They usually take three business days to answer.

http://english.customs.go.kr/kcsweb/user.tdf?a=user.board.BoardApp&c=2001&board_id=GPB_EN_QNA&mc=ENGLISH_INFORMATION_QNA
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Re: Shipping stuff to Korea. Any issues?
« Reply #92 on: November 23, 2011, 12:26:20 pm »
I have had more than 10 boxes shipped from home and never had a problem. You might have a problem if you don't spell things right in English. So many cities are spelled similarly in Korea. Gangnam, Gyeongnam, Gangwon, etc.


  • bella4041
  • Adventurer

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    • February 24, 2011, 08:51:28 pm
    • Ulsan, South Korea
Re: Shipping stuff to Korea. Any issues?
« Reply #93 on: November 23, 2011, 12:53:34 pm »


Yes, I've had several packages and mail just never arrive.  My mom used the same address on those shipments as she did for shipments that did arrive.  I'm afraid to send anything very important.  Maybe it's just me. 

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Did you ever find out what happened to them? No return to sender or anything? I have 2 right now that have been en route for going on 3 months. Both are filled with tea and music. Two things that I desperately need for the cold months.


  • Davey
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    • February 01, 2010, 01:36:20 pm
Re: Shipping stuff to Korea. Any issues?
« Reply #94 on: November 23, 2011, 01:18:04 pm »


Yes, I've had several packages and mail just never arrive.  My mom used the same address on those shipments as she did for shipments that did arrive.  I'm afraid to send anything very important.  Maybe it's just me. 


Did you ever find out what happened to them? No return to sender or anything? I have 2 right now that have been en route for going on 3 months. Both are filled with tea and music. Two things that I desperately need for the cold months.
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You might want to contact the carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to see what's up. That's what I did (Canada Post) and then the package arrived the next day.
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  • jorgill
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    • October 31, 2011, 01:33:29 pm
    • Daegu, South Korea
Re: KOREA CUSTOMS INFO
« Reply #95 on: January 06, 2012, 03:43:30 pm »
I've found it helpful to put in a photocopy of my Alien card when having things mailed from abroad. 
First time a parcel got stuck at customs they requested it and it took ages.  Second time they just called me and asked what was in it and I didn't have to send anything to them.


  • sivadakire
  • Waygookin

    • 14

    • December 26, 2011, 03:40:44 pm
    • Seattle, USA
Re: KOREA CUSTOMS INFO
« Reply #96 on: January 22, 2012, 03:04:49 pm »
Has anyone had troubles bringing asthma inhalers into Korea? I take them very rarely and I've been living in places where you do not need a prescription for Ventolin, so I don't have one. I was going to bring a couple with me in case I needed them (I hear the yellow dust can be pretty bad) but if it's going to cause me trouble then I might just wait until I get there and then see a doctor to get a prescription. I didn't disclose my infrequent asthma on my teaching application, either, so I'm hoping it won't cause me trouble. Does anyone have experience with this? Or mailing asthma inhalers? Thanks a lot.


  • Jeff619
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    • May 26, 2011, 08:12:52 am
Re: KOREA CUSTOMS INFO
« Reply #97 on: February 16, 2012, 08:09:49 am »
I've only been charged a duty once.  However, I was just looking at some clothes on the Nordstrom website and they calculated my duty at 50%.  Didn't the FTA take effect in January? 


  • Davey
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    • February 01, 2010, 01:36:20 pm
Re: KOREA CUSTOMS INFO
« Reply #98 on: February 16, 2012, 08:46:21 am »
I've only been charged a duty once.  However, I was just looking at some clothes on the Nordstrom website and they calculated my duty at 50%.  Didn't the FTA take effect in January?

FTA doesn't mean consumers avoid duties. For example, if you're a Canadian, there's still a limit on the value of goods you can bring to Canada after shopping in the US.
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  • kstavrides
  • Waygookin

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    • February 24, 2012, 08:23:41 pm
    • Gwangju, South Korea
Re: KOREA CUSTOMS INFO
« Reply #99 on: February 25, 2012, 09:03:26 pm »
Quick question for anyone who has items shipped from home.  I've heard that the USPS has a bad habit of losing packages headed for overseas destinations. 

What carriers seem to work the best?  Has anyone had a negative experience with the USPS?