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Overseas Direct Import Q&A

What is an overseas direct import?

It is purchasing directly from overseas.

Traditionally, it means that you trade directly through electronic commerce means such as the Internet, not through intermediary trade brokers.

There are some exceptions to the overseas direct import that an individual does, but it is definitely a trade and it is the import of goods among them.

Why do overseas direct import?

There are usually three reasons.

1People are expecting that they can buy products cheaper than the domestic market.

2If you buy a small quantity for personal use, the procedure is not complicated.

3This is because it is not in the domestic market.

What are the institutional benefits of overseas direct import? (3 benefits of overseas direct import)

1Exemption of customs duties and other internal taxes

2Exemption from requirements for each item

3Expedited customs clearance (list clearance)

What are the key conditions for enjoying 3 benefits of overseas direct import?

1You must purchase for personal use (purpose of self-use).

2The purchase amount of one time should be a small and fixed amount.

3The item must not fall under the list clearance ban by law.

What if it does not meet the conditions of 3 benefits of overseas direct import?

Still, overseas direct import (direct purchase) is possible.

But there is no benefit.

1All customs duties and other internal taxes must be paid by law.

2You must declare an import declaration in accordance with the requirements set for each item.

However, meeting the requirements is very difficult in terms of preparation time, cost, and implementation.

3You must declare a formal customs clearance, not a list clearance.

It is not easy to report about 50 items to the Korea Customs Service and receive an import declaration certificate after examination.

How do I know if I can enjoy 3 benefits of overseas direct import in advance?

You can run this program.

What if it does not meet the conditions of 3 benefits of overseas direct import?

There is no method other than formal customs clearance.

You can learn more about customs duties, internal taxes, pre-requisites, and other exemptions when you run this program.


In the meantime, I bought my favorite cookies from the US without any problem.

Why does this program ask me to pay customs duties, internal taxes and do customs clearance?


In the meantime you are lucky.

Customs enforcement personnel are always scarce and usually do random sampling tests. It will not happen by chance and it will take some time. Even if you cross the street, it is the same as having a high probability of not being robbed.

I have been through the Overseas direct import agency and have had no problems. Do you need to look so hard?

What you did was ask for an , not through an . Overseas direct import agency does not do business at loss.

Is there anything that you can not expect from the 3 benefits of overseas direct import due to the nature of the goods itself?

Of course.

The following items are subject to customs clearance by law. However, it is not always cracked down by customs.

Notification on the processing of customs clearance of express cargo [Attached Table 1]; Items to be excluded from the list clearance

  • Medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Wildlife related products
  • Items subject to quarantine such as agricultural, forestry, livestock, and fishery products
  • Health functional foods
  • Items suspected of infringement of intellectual property rights
  • Food, liquor, tobacco
  • Cosmetics (functional cosmetics, cosmetics containing placenta, cosmetics containing steroids and harmful cosmetics such as unknown ingredients)
  • An item for which the contents of the bill of lading or air waybill are additionally submitted
  • Items with incorrect names, specifications, quantities, and prices in the customs clearance list
  • Other items that the customs officer recognizes that the list clearance is not valid such as the items subject to be checked by customs clearance in accordance with Article 226 of the Customs Act

[Attached Table 1]

In this program, if the goods are excluded from the list clearance, they are indicated on the Guidance result.

What are the standard for distinguishing between personal use and commercial purpose in overseas direct import?

For commercial purposes, you will not be able to enjoy the3 benefits of overseas direct import without having to follow other conditions.


A personal item refers to any item that is not intended for commercial use as a small quantity item to be used for self-service (self-use items) or to be presented to nearby relatives.

Commercial goods means goods sold outside or used for your own or others' business.

Classification standard - Swearing black is white does not work.

Whether it is for personal use or for commercial purposes, apparently it is not exposed, and only the purchaser of the products knows how to use it.

So, at first glance, all items of overseas direct import will always be claimed for private use, but it's not really so.

There is no absolute standard in the law, but it is helpful to refer to below.

  • If the purchaser declares it to be commercial, it is always considered commercial.
  • The first judge, whether personal or commercial, is the discretionary act of the relevant customs director (actually, the customs officer) under the Act. Therefore, if the customs director decides not to be commercial or personal, it is not.
  • Customs officers can not judge freely, and judge them roughly on the basis of common sense. (Judging based on purchase motivation, property of the article, quantity, price, use, explanation of the self, etc.)
  • The most important thing is the quantity purchased and whether it is purchased frequently.


1Case judged to be commercial

  • A case in which 20 pieces of polo shirts of the same design were claimed as personal use purpose
  • If you bought 12 pairs of Nike shoes at a time
  • If you bought 20 bottles of health supplements for 3 months per 1 bottle at a time
  • If you purchased five smartphones or tablet PCs at once
  • If you purchased 1KG of dried sea cucumber etc.

2Examples got recognition as a personal use

  • If you bring 50 sample cosmetics in small bottles
  • If you purchase seven assembly toys
  • If you purchase a variety of personal items (hairpins, straps, beauty products, clothing, etc.)
  • If you purchased three purses
  • If you purchased 10 scarves, etc.


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