Step 1) Learn About the Korean Marketplace

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. government.  It connects U.S. companies looking to increase exports with foreign importers and supplies American businesses with international buyers, intelligence on foreign markets, trade counseling and business matchmaking.  The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Korea represents the American business community in Korea and encourages the development of bilateral trade and investment.

Step 2) Ensure Compliance with Basic Customs Rules

The Korea Customs Service regulates and facilitates international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing trade and immigration regulations.  It has all the information on regulations and necessary documentation you need to export to Korea.

Step 3) Check the Products Origin and Destination

To be covered, products must be shipped from the United States to Korea and the product must originate in the U.S.

Step 4) Determine Preferential Tariffs

Determine the Harmonized System (HS) code for the products you will be exporting and calculate the tariff rates and preferential tariff schedule for the specific goods.

For information in English, go here and for information in Korean, go here.

More information on HS codes is available here.

Step 5) Prepare and Submit the Certificate to Korean Customs Service, if Necessary

The certificate has no set format, but an optional form is available here. It may be submitted in written or electronic form. At a minimum, it must include:

  • The name of the certifying person, including contact or other identifying information
  • The importer of the good (if known)
  • The producer of the good (if known)
  • The exporter of the good (if different from the producer)
  • A description of the good and its tariff classification according to the Harmonized System
  • Information demonstrating that the origin of the good qualifies it for preferential treatment
  • The date of the certification
  • The time period that the certification covers

If required, submit your certificate to the Korean Customs Service. More information on the Korean Customs Service is available here.

Step 6) Save Your Records

Anyone claiming preferential tariff treatment is required to keep a copy of the information used to make the claim for at least five years after the date of the claim. Records must include:

  • The purchase of, cost of, value of and payment for the exported good
  • The purchase of, cost of, value of and payment for all materials used in the production of the exported good
  • The production of the good in the form in which it was exported
  • Other documentation required by the Korean or U.S. customs agencies
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