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Korean Firms Struggle with China’s Nitpicking Customs Screening

Korean Firms Struggle with China’s Nitpicking Customs Screening

SEOUL, March 20 (Korea Bizwire) – While Lotte is suffering the most from China’s retaliatory measures over South Korea’s deployment of a THAAD missle system – with almost 90 of 99 Lotte Mart outlets in China temporarily closed – other firms exporting to the country are struggling with customs clearance procedures that have become overly [...]

China Delaying Customs Clearance of Textbooks to Set Back Classes at S. Korean Schools

China Delaying Customs Clearance of Textbooks to Set Back Classes at S. Korean Schools

SHENYANG, China, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese authorities have delayed the customs clearance of textbooks to be used at South Korean schools in China, pushing back the schools’ classes for the new academic semester, sources with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday. South Korean residents expressed concerns that the postponement of the customs clearance [...]

Patience, the Most Important Element of Black Friday Purchases

Patience, the Most Important Element of Black Friday Purchases

SEOUL, Dec.8 (Korea Bizwire) – Black Friday is still not over for those who made direct overseas purchases, as many have still not received the products they purchased from overseas online shopping malls. As deliveries have been delayed due to the flood of orders, it is taking longer than usual for Korean consumers get their [...]

Shopping has No Frontier: 54.1% Annual Growth in Direct Overseas Purchases

Shopping has No Frontier: 54.1% Annual Growth in Direct Overseas Purchases

SEOUL, Nov.16 (Korea Bizwire) – As the market for direct purchase products from overseas continues to show dramatic annual growth, it is estimated that by 2020 the annual trade volume will exceed $20 billion. Researcher Kim Gwang-seok from the Hyundai Research Institute (HRI) emphasized the need to establish policies that respond to the changing market, [...]

New Customs System Means Easy Overseas Purchases

New Customs System Means Easy Overseas Purchases

Seoul, July 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Customs Service announced that they have reorganized their systems so that Unique Entry Codes needed for import declarations can be issued through mobile phones with user authentication via text. Unique Entry Codes are identifying codes issued by the customs office that an individual can use instead of their [...]

Imported Toys Sold More Expensive in Korea

Imported Toys Sold More Expensive in Korea

SEOUL, Korea, Mar 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Domestic prices of imported toys for toddlers and children are much higher than those charged outside Korea, nearly by twice in some cases. Such price differential is way too extreme even when all the tariff duties on imported toys (0-8%), value-added taxes (10%) and distributors’ margins, which usually [...]