HOW TO IMPORT FROM KOREA
Step 1) Connect with Korean Companies Looking to Import into the United States
The Korean International Trade Association (KITA) is a government body with 70,000 member companies that represents the Korean trade industry around the world. The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency is Korea’s national trade promotion organization. It serves as a bridge between Korean companies and potential partners in the U.S. by matching companies that would be mutually beneficial business partners.
Step 2) Ensure Compliance with Basic Customs Rules
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the agency responsible for regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. trade and immigration regulations.
Step 3) Check the Products Origin and Destination
To be covered, products must be shipped from Korea to the United States and the product must originate in Korea.
Step 4) Determine HS Code, Tariff Rate and Preferential Tariff Schedule
For information in English, go here.
For information in Korean, go here.
More information on HS codes is available here.
For help classifying your product, call the Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division at 1-800-549-0595.
Step 5) Prepare the Certificate to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Submit 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 U.S. Customs.
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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