Recently, buying goods from abroad from international sites like Shein, AliExpress, and Taobao has become very popular, but many of you have difficulty getting Korean Customs Clearance Codes. Korea is quite strict on importing goods. As a result, you will need to verify your identity before you are able to buy products from abroad.
Today I will guide you, step-by-step on how to create this code simply. You just need to create it once and then you can use it for a lifetime. Moreover, you always can change the address/phone number when needed. At the same time, I will also share some small tips when buying to get through customs clearance as quickly as possible.
Step-by-Step Korean Customs Clearance Guide
Step 1: Download the app 모바일 관세, or you can do it on this website.
*Note: This app is only available on the Korean app store so if you are new to Korea, you will need to change the country in the app store first.
Step 2: Open the app 모바일 관세청, select 개인통관고유번호 (when you open the app, it may require you to install more security apps. You need to install all of the recommended apps to be able to open the custom clearance app)
Step 3: Fill in your name, ARC (foreign residence card) number, and choose to authenticate yourself (press 실명인증)
*Note: If you do not have an ARC or Korean ID, you cannot get a Korean customs clearance code.
Step 4: Enter your phone number (휴대전화) then choose to receive the verification code (press 전송)
Step 5: Enter the verification code 인증번호 (6 digits) that you just received and press 확인 (if you still do not receive the code after 5 minutes, click 재전송 again to resend).
Step 6: Fill in your home address (주소), home phone number (전화번호), mobile phone number (휴대전화), e-mail (이메일), tick the boxes and then choose 확인.
After that, you will be given a clearance code in the form P123456123456. When buying goods from abroad, just fill in this code in the 개인통관고유부호 (custom clearance code) section. Then you can rest assured that the goods will arrive at your door within 1 month.
If you forget the code, just open the app 모바일 관세청, repeat steps 1~5 to find the code immediately, or change your address at any time.
Tips and tricks
Some tips when buying from abroad (Coupang, Gmarket, Shein, AliExpress)
If the goods are under 150,000 won, there will be no tax. However, if the total amount of goods you buy exceeds 150,000 won, you will receive a message asking you to pay tax to receive the goods.
However, note that if multiple orders arrive on the same day, even if you bought them seperately they will contribute to the total amount. For example, say you buy something iherb for 100,000won and buy something else at Taobao for 90,000won. If the goods arrive on different days, customs clearance will only be applied on different batches, you do not have to pay tax. But if the goods arrive in Incheon on the same day, then the total value of the goods for customs clearance is 190,000won, so you will need to pay tax. I’ve never paid tax so I don’t know the tax rate.
The name, phone number, and address of the receiver must be the same as the registered information on your Korean customs clearance code. If there is a mistake in the information, you will not be able to receive the goods. Therefore, you cannot use someone else’s code.
Above are the entire instructions for creating 개인통관고유부호. I wish you a happy shopping!
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