Republic of Korea

Letter mail
Prohibited articles list
Additional requests
Weight / size limit admitted:
üPostcard – maximum weight 20g.  maximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness – 5mm
üLetter – maxsimum weight 250gmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 5mm.
üSmall packets – maxsimum weight 2kgmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 50mm.
üM bag – maxsimum weight 30kg. maximum height - 80cmmaximum circumference -120cm.
Insured* letters admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value – 4000 SDR**;
On-line tracking provided – no;
Payments for inbound items in case, when content is a goods:
ü Customs clearance fee - 4000 local currency;
ü Threshold level below which items are free of customs duties and other taxes - 150000 local currency;
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound letter – 1;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English, Korean;
Delivery charge for small packets exceeding 500 g 
Period of retention for letters – 30 days;
Web site address of postal administration – 
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.

**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 

***Custom declaration for letter post is required only in case, when content is a goods.
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
Insured* parcels admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value - 4000 SDR**;
On-line tracking provided – yes;
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound parcels – 2;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 4000 local currency;
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes - 150000 local currency;
To customers’ address:
ü Free – yes;
ü Paid service – yes;
Period of retention for parcels:
ü Min – 15 days;
ü Max – 45 days;
Web site address of postal administration –
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.
**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
Maximum insured value:
 for documents: 4000 GEL
 for merchandise: 10 000 GEL
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound EMS – 3;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes:
For private customers - 160 000 KRW;
For business customers - 160 000 KRW;
How many attempts at delivery are made: 2
Period of retention for EMS items: 15 days;
Coverage: entire territory
Days of the week on which EMS items are delivered: 1/2/3/4/5
EMS item delivery to P.O. Box: No
National holidays on which EMS items are not delivered: 1 January, 2-6 February, 1 March, 6 May, 6 June, 15 August, 12-14 September, 3,9 October, 25 December
Web site address of postal administration –
*SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
The amount of insurance paid by the customer should not exceed the actual value of the contents of the parcel

Definition of Terms



·        Prohibited items – items whose import into the country is prohibited.    

·        Items admitted conditionally – items whose importation into the country is allowed with the term if a document issued by the relevant authorities of the exporting country is presented.    

·        Items admitted without conditions – items whose import into the country is allowed.    


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The below information is based upon the official source of Republic of Korea 

Part I:
List of articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally
Section I
Live animals; animal products
Chapter 1
Live animals
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
All live animals. See Part II, § 5.
Chapter 2
Meat and edible meat offal
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
All meat and all offal. See Part II, § 1.
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
Chapter 3
Fish and crustaceans, molluscs another aquatic invertebrates
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Live fish and all products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
Yellowfin tunas.
See Part II, § 1.
Yellowfin tunas.
Skipjack or strip-bellied bonito.
Sardines, brisling or sprats.
Dogfish or other sharks.
Livers and roes.
See Part II, § 1.
Livers and roes of fish, dried, smoked, salted or in brine.
See Part II, § 1.
Shrimps and prawns, frozen.
Shrimps and prawns, not frozen.
See Part II, § 1.
Cuttle fish and squid, fresh or chilled.
See Part II, § 1.

Chapter 4
Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1 and 5.
Chapter 5
Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Bone powder.
Other fertile eggs for hatching (excluding brine shrimp eggs), fish waste. See Part II, § 1.
Section II
Vegetable products
Chapter 6
Live trees anotheplants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers anornamental foliage
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 7
Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
Potatoes, fresh or chilled.
Beans of the species Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper or Vigna radiate (L.) Wilczek.
Small red (Adzuki) beans (Phaseolus or Vigna angularis).
Sweet potatoes.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Manioc pellet.
Chapter 8
Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Chestnuts (Castanea spp.).
Pine nuts.
Jujubes (fresh).
Jujubes (dry).
For all these products: see Part II, § 6.
Chapter 9
Coffee, tea, maté and spices
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 10
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
Maize (corn).
Other cereals.

Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
10.03            1003.00    Barley.
10.05            1005.90    Maize.
10.08            1008.90    Other cereals.
Chapter 11                    Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
11.02            1102.90    Rice flour. Other.
11.03                             Cereal groats, meal and pellets.
11.04                               Cereal grains otherwise worked (for example, hulled, rolled, flaked, pearled, sliced or cribbled (except rice under heading 10.06).
11.05                             Flour, meal flakes, granules and pellets of potatoes.
11.08            1108.11-   Starches.
1108.20    Inulin.
Chapter 12                    Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
12.01            1201.00    Soya bean, whether or not broken.
12.07            1207.91    Poppy seeds.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
12.01            1201.00    Soya beans even broken.
12.07            1207.91    Poppy seeds. See Part II, § 8.
1207.99    Humpseeds. See Part II, § 8.
12.11            1211.90    Other. See Part II, § 8.
12.12             1212.20    Laver (dried or other), Undarir pinnatifida (excluding dried or salted), fusiforme (live) and other seaweeds (live).
12.14            1214.90    Forage roots.
Chapter 13                    Lac; gums, resins anothevegetable saps and extracts
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
13.02            1302.11    Opium (excluding pharmaceuticals), cocaine, hemp. See Part II, § 8.
Chapter 14                    Vegetable plaiting materialsvegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
Heading             HS Code
14.01-14.04                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section III                     Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
Chapter 15                    Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
15.01-15.02                   All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
15.06            1506.00    All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.

Section IV                     Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
Chapter 16                    Preparations of meat, of fish oof crustaceans, molluscs oother aquatic invertebrates
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
16.01                             All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
16.02            1602.10    Homogenised preparations.
1602.20    Homogenised preparations of liver of any animal.
Of swine:
1602.41    Hams and cuts thereof.
1602.42    Shoulders and cuts thereof.
1602.49    Other, including mixtures.
1602.50    Of bovine animals
16.03            1603.00    All products of this kind. See Part II, § 1.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
16.02                             Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood of swine and bovine animals.

16.04            1604.14-

Tunas (in airtight containers), skipjack (in airtight containers), mackerel (in airtight containers), saury (in airtight containers), jerk filefish, fish cake (excluding imitative crab meat), shrimps and prawns (breaded). For all these products see Part II, § 1.

Chapter 17                    Sugars and sugar confectionery
Heading         HS Code           ■ Articles admitted conditionally

17.02            1702.11-

Lactose and lactose syrup. Artificial honey, caramel, maltose, other products (including invert sugar).

Chapter 18                    Cocoa and cocoa preparations
Heading             HS Code
18.01-18.03                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 19                    Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' product
Heading         HS Code           ■ Articles admitted conditionally

19.01            1901.10-

Malt extract: food preparations of flour, meal, starch or malt extract (preparations for infant use, put up for retail sale, and other products).

Chapter 20                    Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants
Heading             HS Code
20.01-20.09                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 21                    Miscellaneous edible preparations
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
21.06            2106.90    Prepared laver.
Chapter 22                    Beverages, spirits anvinegar
Heading             HS Code
22.01-22.09                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 23                    Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
23.01            2301.10    Flours, meals and pellets of meat or meat offal; greaves. See Part II, § 1.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
23.06            2306.90    Sesame residues.
23.08            2308.00    All products of this kind. See Part II, § 2.
23.09            2309.90    Feed supplements.

Chapter 24                    Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
Heading             HS Code
24.01-24.03                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section V                      Mineral products
Chapter 25                    Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
Heading             HS Code
25.01-25.30                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 26                    Ores, slag and ask
Heading             HS Code
26.01-26.21                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 27                    Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
Heading             HS Code
27.01-27.16                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section VI                     Products of the chemical or allied industries
Chapter 28                    Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements oof isotopes
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
28.44            2844.10-   Radioactive materials or radio-isotope.
Chapter 29                    Organic chemicals
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
29.39            2939.11-   Alkaloids of opium.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Opium. See Part II, § 8.
Chapter 30                    Pharmaceutical products
Heading             HS Code
30.01-30.06                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 31                    Fertilizers
Heading             HS Code
31.01-31.05                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 32                    Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
Heading             HS Code
32.01-32.15                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 33                    Essential oils and resinoidsperfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
Heading             HS Code
33.01-33.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 34                    Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes; polishing or scourinpreparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" andental preparations with a basis oplaster
Heading             HS Code
34.01-34.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 35                    Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
Heading             HS Code
35.01-35.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 36                    Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys, certain combustible preparations
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
36.01            3601.00    Propellant powders.
36.02            3602.00    Prepared explosives, other than propellant powders.
36.03             3603.00    Safety fuses, detonating fuses, percussion or detonating caps, igniters, electric detonators. For all these products, see Part II, § 10.
Chapter 37                    Photographic or cinematographic goods
Heading             HS Code
37.01-37.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 38                    Miscellaneous chemical products
Heading             HS Code
38.01-38.25                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section VII                    Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof
Chapter 39                    Plastics and articles thereof
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
39.12            3912.20    Cellulose nitrates (including collodions).
Chapter 40                    Rubber and articles thereof
Heading             HS Code
40.01-40.17                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section VIII                   Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut(other than silk-worm gut)
Chapter 41                    Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles

41.01            4101.20-

Whole hides and skins of bovine animals, of a weight per skin not exceeding 8 kg when simply dried, 10 kg when dry-salted, or 14 kg when fresh, wet-salted or otherwise preserved.
Other hides and skins (whole) of bovine animals, fresh or wet-salted. Other hides and skins of bovine animals, otherwise preserved.

41.02            4102.10    All products of this kind, see Part II, § 1.

41.03            4103.30-

Raw hides and skins (fresh or salted, dried, limed, pickled or otherwise preserved, but not tanned, parchment-dressed or further prepared) of goats or kids, swine, eels, kangaroo and other.
See Part II, § 1.

Chapter 42                    Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers;
articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
Heading             HS Code
42.01-42.06                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 43                    Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof
Heading             HS Code
43.01-43.04                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section IX                     Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of strawof esparto oootheplaiting materials; basketware andwickerwork
Chapter 44                    Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Heading             HS Code
44.01-44.21                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 45                    Cork and articles of cork
Heading             HS Code
45.01-45.04                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 46                    Manufactures of strawof esparto oof other plaiting materials; basketware anwickerwork
Heading             HS Code
46.01-46.02                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section X                      Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard;
paper and paperboard and articles thereof
Chapter 47                    Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard
Heading             HS Code
47.01-47.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 48                    Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
Heading             HS Code
48.01-48.23                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 49                    Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts anplans
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

49.01            4901.10-
49.02            4902.10
49.03            4903.00
49.04            4904.00

Printed books, booklets, leaflets and other products of the printing industry. Newspapers, journals, magazines and other periodicals.
Picture books for children. Music sheets, music books.
Maps, hydrographic charts and globes.
For all these products, see Part II, § 3 and 4.
See Part II, § 15 and 16.

Section XI
Textiles and textile articles
Chapter 50
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 51
Wool, finor coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn anwoven fabric
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
Greased shorn wool, including fleece-washed wool.
Degreased shorn wool, not carbonised.
See Part II, § 1.
All products of this kind, see Part II, § 1.
Chapter 52
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 53
Othevegetable textile fibres; papeyarn and woven fabrics of papeyarn
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 54
Man-made filaments; strip and the like of man-made textile materials
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 55
Man-made staple fibres
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 56
Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 57
Carpets another textile floor coverings
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 58
Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 59
Impregnated, coated, covered or laminatetextile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 60
Knitted or crocheted fabrics
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 61
HS Code
Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 62
Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 63
Other madup textile articles; sets; worn clothing anworn textile articles; rags
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XII
Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-
crops anparts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers;
articles ohuman hair
Chapter 64
Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 65
Headgear anparts thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 66
Umbrellas, suumbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 67
Prepared feathers andown and articles madof feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XIII
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products;
glass anglassware
Chapter 68
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 69
Ceramic products
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 70
Glass anglassware
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Section XIV
Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals cladwith precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
Chapter 71
Natural or cultured pearls, preciouor semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
HS Code
■ Prohibited articles
Coin. See Part II, § 15.
Section XV
Base metals and articles obase metal
Chapter 72
Iron and steel
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 73
Articles of iron and steel
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 74
Copper and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 75
Nickel and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 76
Aluminium and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 77
(Reserved fopossible future use in thharmonized system)
Chapter 78
Lead and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 79
Zinc and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 80
Tin and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 81
Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 82
HS Code
Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Knives with serrated blade (more than 15 cm in length).
Sets of assorted articles of knives with cutting blades, serrated or not (including pruning knives), other than knives under heading 8201.90.
Knives or swords having fixed blade: daggers (more than 15 cm in blade length); stilettos (more than
15 cm in blade length); jack-knives (more than 6 cm in blade length); spring knives (more than 5.5 cm
in blade length and having an automatic opening device more than 45 degrees); cutlasses (more than
15 cm in blade length); encased ornamental knives (more than 15 cm in blade length); swords (more than 15 cm in blade length); lances (more than 15 cm in blade length); other knives or swords (more than 6 cm in blade length), other than having clear and definite purpose such as for kitchen, table, climbing, fishing.
Sword blades or knife blades (other than for military use): dagger blades (more than 15 cm in length);
stiletto blades (more than 15 cm in length); jack-knife blades (more than 6 cm in length); spring-knife
blades (more than 5.5 cm in length and having an automatic opening device more than 45 degrees); cutlass blades (more than 15 cm in length); encased ornamental knife blades (more than 15 cm in length); sword blades (more than 15 cm in length); lance blades (more than 15 cm in length).
Other knife blades or sword blades more than 6 cm in length, other than having clear and definite purpose, such as for kitchen, table, climbing, fishing.
Chapter 83
Miscellaneous articles obase metal
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Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XVI
Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders
and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and
accessories of such articles
Chapter 84
Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 85
Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; television image and sound recorders and reproducers and parts and accessories of such articles
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■ Prohibited articles
Audio and video recordings which are or could be against the Constitution of fundamental democratic order, national prestige or interest and established social morals and customs, social safety or social order. See Part II, § 3 and 4.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Additional numbers more than 5 in the same package matrix of audio and video recordings.
Section XVII
Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
Chapter 86
Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings anparts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) trafficsignalling equipment of all kinds
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Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 87
Vehicles, other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, anparts and accessories thereof
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■ Prohibited articles
Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, motorised, whether or not fitted with weapons, and parts of such vehicles.
Chapter 88
Aircraft, spacecraft anparts thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 89                    Ships, boats and floating structures
Heading             HS Code
89.01-89.08                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XVIII                 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks anwatches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 90                    Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
90.20             9020.00    Other breathing appliances and gas masks, excluding protective masks having neither mechanical parts nor replaceable filters.
Chapter 91
Sighting telescopes for firearms.
Clocks anwatches anparts thereof
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Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 92
Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XIX
Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 93
Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
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■ Prohibited articles
Military weapons, other than revolvers, pistols and arms under heading 93.07.
Revolvers and pistols, other than those under headings 93.03 or 93.04.
Other firearms and similar devices which operate by the firing of explosive charge.
Other arms (excluding those under heading 93.07), imitation firearms.
Parts and accessories of articles under headings 93.01 to 93.04.
Bombs, grenades, torpedoes, mines, missiles, and similar munitions of war and parts thereof, cartridges and other munitions and projectiles and parts thereof, including shot and cartridge wads.
Swords, cutlasses, bayonets, lances and similar arms and parts thereof and scabbards and sheaths therefor (for military use).
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Pistols or revolvers, other than for military use.
Blank-shot pistols, sporting or target-shooting rifles, sporting, hunting or target-shooting shotguns
(including articles having both shotgun and rifle function, other than for military use).
Spring guns, air guns, gas spray guns (firearm type, stick type, fountain-pen type, other portable gas spray guns), stun guns (firearm type, stick type, other portable stun guns) and others of the same type classified under firearms.
Parts and accessories of revolvers or pistols under heading 93.02 (other than for military use).
Gun barrel tubes (shotguns) (other than for military use).
Parts and accessories of shotguns or rifles under heading 93.03 (other than for military use).
Shotgun cartridges and parts thereof; air gun pellets.
Cartridges for riveting or similar tools or for captive-volt humane killers and parts thereof (other than for
military use).
Swords, lances (spears) and the like, weapons and parts thereof and scabbards.
■ Articles admitted conditionally

Section XX                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Chapter 94                    Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included;illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
Heading             HS Code
94.01-94.06                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 95                    Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
Heading             HS Code
95.01-95.08                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 96                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Heading             HS Code
96.01-96.18                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XXI                   Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
Chapter 97                    Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
Heading             HS Code
97.01-97.06                   Articles admitted without conditions.

Part II:
Conditions of admission of articles imported or in transit
1. Live animals; animal products
Products of cloven-hoofed animals can be imported only from North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia and Finland.
Cloven-hoofed animals and their products imported from other countries shall be re-exported or destroyed by the National
Animal Quarantine Service.
The importation of the goods described below shall not be permitted:
–   products made of animal hair, fur, bristle or feathers that are recognized by the Quarantine Service to have anthrax bacillus spores;
–   animals and other foodstuffs described by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs that may carry germs, insects and quarantinable diseases which are not permitted by the Minister of Health and Social Affairs;
–   the body and remains of those who died of a quarantinable disease, which are not sealed in an antiseptic and impermeable coffin or not cremated.
The importation of processed goods using wild animals considered as endangered species shall obtain the approval of the
Minister of Environment under the conditions as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
This Decree does not apply to processed goods using wild animals considered as endangered species, the import of which is permitted for medical purposes under the Pharmaceutical Act.
The following is a list of the diseases in question, and of the articles whose import is prohibited in each case:
–   Foot-and-Mouth Disease: beef, pork and mutton, dried meat, ham, bacon, sausage, pet foods, hay, and their processed products.
–   Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): beef and mutton, dried meat, ham, sausage, pet foods, and their processed products.
–   Avian Influenza: Meat and edible offal of poultry, and their processed products.
–   Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): young antlers, antlers, and their processed products.
2. Plants and plant products
The import of plants, fresh fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs described by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs that may carry germs, insects and quarantinable diseaseswhich are not permitted by the Minister of Health and Social Affairs.
The importation of processed goods using wild plants considered as endangered species shall obtain the approval of the Minister of Environment under the conditions as prescribed byPresidential Decree. This Decree does not apply to processed goods using wild plants considered as endangered species, the import of which is permitted for medical purposes under the Pharmaceutical Act.
No plant or its container or packings shall be imported unless a certificate of inspection or its copy is attached thereto, which is issued by the government of the export country concerned, andconfirms that no harmful animals or plants are contained with the articles concerned as a result of the inspection by the government concerned. If such animals or plants are imported from a countrywhich does not have a government agency for quarantine of plants and they are determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the quarantine may be replaced by inspection under the Plant Protection Act.
3. Seeds
The importation of major agricultural seeds is subject to recommendation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. This rule does not apply to such seeds which are imported by the Rural Development Administration for examination or research.
4. Roots of mulberry trees and silkworm eggs
Any person who desires to import roots of mulberry trees and silkworm eggs shall obtain the approval of the Minister of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries under the conditions as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
5. Birds and animals
Any person who desires to import birds, animals, eggs of birds, young animals, and products of this kind shall obtain permission from the Mayor or Provincial Governor.

6. Chestnuts, pine nuts, jujubes
Chestnuts, pine nuts and jujubes may be imported subject to recommendation of the Administrator of the Forestry
7. Articles infringing rights of patent, utility model, design, trademark
The importation of articles infringing rights of patent, utility model, design, or trademark shall be prohibited.
8. Narcotics
No person other than narcotics importers shall import narcotics. If a narcotics importer desires to import narcotics, he shall obtain for each item the approval of the Minister of Health and Social Affairs under the conditions prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The same shall also apply to cases where the importer desires to modify the approved articles.
The import of hemp is prohibited, except in cases where a hemp researcher imports the hemp with a licence from the Minister of Health and Social Affairs.
No person other than approved psychotropic drugs importers shall import psychotropic drugs. If a psychotropic drugs importer desires to import psychotropic drugs, he shall obtain for each item the permission of the Minister of Health and Social Affairs under the conditions as prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The same shall also apply when the importer wishes to modify the permitted articles.
9. Radioactive materials or radioisotopes
The importation of radioactive materials or radio-isotopes must comply with the standards for transport or package as stipulated by the Atomic Energy Act and the enforcement decree of the same Act.
10. War material
The importation of all war material, arms and ammunition is subject to permission from the Ministry of National Defence or
Police Administration.
11. Radio equipment
Any person who desires to import radio equipment shall undergo the examination of form, which the Minister of
Communications conducts, except in case of equipment imported for wireless communication research and development.
Any person who desires to import apparatus causing an obstacle to electromagnetic waves shall undergo an examination of obstacle to electromagnetic waves, which is conducted by the Minister of Communications with respect to such apparatus, except in cases of those which are imported for the purpose of any research and development, and those which fall under any of the following, and have undergone an examination of obstacle to electromagnetic waves, corresponding to the examination of obstacle to electromagnetic waves under the Radio Waves Act, pursuant to the related laws and regulations:
–   items permitted or approved as conforming to Korean Industrial Standards under the Industrial Standardization Act;
–   electric appliances the types of which are approved under the Electric Appliances Safety Control Act; and
–   goods which have undergone the quality control grading under the Industrial Products Quality Control Act.
12. Telecommunication equipment
Any person who wishes to import telecommunication equipment determined by the Minister of Communications after discussion with heads of related administrative agencies shall obtain the approval for types of such telecommunication equipment from the Minister of Communications. However, this shall not apply to telecommunication equipment for examination, research or export, and the others prescribed by the Presidential Decree.
13. Books, publications, filmsvideos
Books, publications, drawings, films, phonograph records, videos, sculptures and other items of similar nature that will either disturb the national constitutional order or harm public security or custom shall not be imported.
14. Goods which may reveal confidential imformation of the Government or may be used for intelligence activities
Goods which may reveal confidential information of the Government or may be used for intelligence activities shall not be imported.

15. Coins, paper currency, bank notes, counterfeited, forged or imitated
Coins, paper currency, banknotes, debentures and/or any other negotiable instruments counterfeited, forged or imitated shall not be imported.
The enclosure of banknotes, currency notes, travellers' cheques and other securities in postal items other than registered letters in a closed envelope and insured letters is prohibited.
16. Import of meanopayment, etc.
16.1  Any resident or non-resident desiring to import means of payment, precious metal or securities (hereinafter referred to as means of payment, etc) shall obtain permission, as prescribed in the following:
16.2 Import of means of payment, etc, subject to validation from the Head of the Foreign Exchange Bank.
Any resident desiring to import foreign currencies or the domestic currency, not for use as means of payment but for his own coin collection, as a souvenir, for testing of vending machines, for overseas exhibitions or for sale to coin collectors, etc, shall obtain validation from the head of a foreign exchange bank in cases where the said import amount does not exceed 100 000
16.3  Import of means of payment, etc, subject to permission from the Governor of the Bank of Korea.
Except in the above-mentioned cases, any resident or non-resident desiring to import means of payment, etc, falling under one of the following items, shall obtain permission from the Governor of the Bank of Korea. This rule shall not apply in caes where the Bank of Korea, any foreign exchange bank or any agency of the Ministry of Communications imports means of payment, etc in operating its approved business.
16.3.1  Where any resident or non-resident imports foreign means of payment, except for promissory notes, bills of exchange and letters of credit.
16.3.2  Where any resident or non-resident imports domestic means of payment exceeding 2 000 000 Won, excluding travellers' cheques denominated in Won and purchased at overseas branches.
16.3.3  Where any resident or non-resident imports precious metal otherwise than by the provisions of the International Trade
Acts (excluding articles for day-to-day use by individuals such as accessories, etc).
16.3.4  Where any resident or non-resident imports securities, except in the following cases:
–   importation of non-bearer securities in accordance with permission or report by the person who obtained permission for, or made report on, the capital transactions;
–   importation of non-bearer securities acquired under the Foreign Capital Inducement Act; and
–   importation of the stocks of their head office acquired by Korean employers under the provisions of relevent laws, or of international beneficiary certificates under the provisions of relevant laws.

Part III:
Special provisions, Customs and other
1. Drawinuof customs declarations
Customs declarations must contain all the information necessary for the application of duties, taxes and control measures on both importation and exportation. Specifically, they must state:
–   the names, first names and addresses of the consignors and consignees;
–   the countries of origin and of destination of the item;
–   a description of the goods contained;
–   the gross weight and net weight;
–   the value of the item, specifying the currency used.
In addition, certain supplementary statements on the situation of goods in respect of the customs regulations (gifts, samples, goods returned or admitted temporarily) must be made on the customs declaration.
2. Miscellaneous customs provisions
Small items not exceeding 70 000 Won in value are admitted free of taxes.
Customs information
Limits above which the following articles, imported by private individuals, are no longer admitted duty-free (Customs Law, article 45.2.1)
Product categories
Products We
ight or quantity
Condition of Customs clearance
Agricultural products
Seasame oil, sesame, honey, edible bracken,honeyCodonopsis lanceolata
5 kg each
–  These products are subject to the
Plant Protection Act.
–  If a product exceeds the duty-free limits, the conditions described in the relevant regulations must be met.
5 kg (with compulsory quarantine)
Pine nuts
1 kg
Ginseng (fresh, dried and red)
Total 300 g
5 kg each
Livestock and marine products
Deer antlers
150 g (with compulsory quarantine)
–  Personal carriage of deer antlers is permitted up to 500 g (including
150 g duty-free amount) on condition that duty is paid on the remainder.
–  If a product exceeds the duty-free limits, the conditions described in the relevant regulations must be met.
Beef, pork
10 kg (with compulsory quarantine)
Jerked meat
5 kg (with compulsory quarantine)
Marine products
5 kg each

Product categories
Products We
ight or quantity
Condition of Customs clearance
Health foods and medical supplies
Socially unaccepted foods, like snake, snake liquor, tiger-bone liquor, etc.
These come under the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
Medical supplies which can be misused like Viagra
Only the quantity prescribed by a doctor for treatment of the person concerned is permitted.
Health foods and medical supplies (cont.)
DHEA, melatonin
2 bottles
(90 tablets in each)
–  If a product exceeds the limits, the conditions described in the relevant regulations must be met. However, if a patient imports health foods for his/her own medical treatment, these will be exempted up to a reasonable amount and after checking the relevant regulations.
–  If products limited by CITES are included in the duty-free products, the conditions described in the relevant regulations must be met.
–  Even though purchased medicines are in duty-free categories, the "recommendation on the inclusion of medicine among products exempt from import conditions" verification issued by a mayor or a provincial governor is necessary.
Geveral T
2 bottles
Other health foods
6 bottles in all
Chinese medicine
Medicines featuring in the publication of Korea's Customs Service,
No. 2003-11
An invigorant prescribed with unidentified Chinese medicine
These products are regulated by Legislation on pharmaceutical products.
Marijuana, opium, methamphetamine (philopon), etc.
These products are regulated by legislation on narcotics.
Wildlife products
Tiger skin, skins of wild animals, stuffed animals
These are regulated by the CITES.
Preferable products
1 bottle
1 box
(10 packs)
0.056 or 0.070 litre or 2 fl. oz per bottle
–  For other self-use products, customs clearance will be permitted if the customs authority so decides.
–  For products subject to checking by the customs authority, the relevant laws shall be followed.

Countries authorized to dispatch animal products by post to Korea (Rep.)
Import country of the animal products
Beef and beef products
Australia, Mexico and New Zealand
Pork and pork products
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary (Rep.), Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden and United States of America
Mutton and goat meat
Australia and New Zealand
Deer meat and deer products
Australia and New Zealand
Fresh poultry meat
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Taiwan-China and United States of America
Heat-treated poultry products
Australia, Brazil, Canada, China (People's Rep.), Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Taiwan-China,Thailand and United States of America
Ostrich meat
New Zealand
Kangaroo meat
Heat-treated beef
Argentina, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Uruguay
Ruminant products
(Ruminants: cattle, deer, goats, sheep, etc.)
It is forbidden to import ruminant products from countrieswhich are not on the list of BSE-free countries.
Countries in which BSE has appeared:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria (Rep.), Canada, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary (Rep.), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and United States of America
Required documents: Quarantine certificates in conformity with sanitary requirements for imported items. Subject to change, in line with the epidemiological situation.
The designated operator of KOREA (REP.), Korea Post, asks us to inform the designated operators of Union member countries of the request for cooperation from the
Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) of Korea, in order to prevent prohibited
livestock and plant products in international mail items as a measure for enhancing
its quarantine control over animal infectious diseases and plant pest.
The APQA notifies that the following goods are prohibited for importation:
– Livestock products: dried beef products, dried pork products, chicken meat products, sausage, milk products (including aaruul), etc.
– Fruits and plants: fruits (including plum, pomelo, longan, mango), raw pepper,
jujube, seeds, etc.
Details of goods subject to prohibitions and restrictions by the APQA are to be found
in the CDS Prohibitions Compendium (, and in the countryspecific list of prohibitions (
Postal-Supply-Chain/Customs), in accordance with article 19.1.3 of the UPU
International mail items containing any of the above-listed products will be returned
or disposed of at the discretion of Korea’s Customs. Korea Post therefore asks all
designated operators to inform staff and customers of these prohibitions and to take
appropriate steps to ensure that items are accompanied by the proper documentation
at the time of their acceptance and prior to their dispatch to Korea.