Baggage Shipping to South Korea
South Korea is an East Asian country, bordered by North Korea. Unlike its neighbor, South Korea is an affluent nation that brings together oriental tradition with western culture. The official language of South Korea is Korean, which is written using a phonetic writing system called hangul. Chinese characters are also used, often to provide disambiguation. The currency used in South Korea is the won. South Korea’s climate is temperate, with cold, dry winters, hot and humid summers and pleasant weather in spring and fall. To learn more about Send My Bag’s shipping service to South Korea please read on:
Why Ship to South Korea?
A number of fun outdoor activities can be enjoyed in South Korea, such as windsurfing on the Hangang River or hiking in the mountainous regions. If you want to take part in outdoor activities but want to avoid renting equipment when you are there, you can use the services of Send My Bag to ship your own equipment to South Korea.
You may be going to South Korea for an extended period of time, in which case you need to bring numerous items to make your stay possible. Send My Bag can ship your items for you, allowing you to bring all the clothes and books you need, while saving you the embarrassment of excess baggage fees from your airline.
Our service is also great for international students studying for their degree in South Korea or for those planning to spend a year abroad or gap year in South Korea. Send My Bag can help students quickly set up home in South Korea by shipping their possessions, including clothes, books and DVDs.
Ways of Shipping to South Korea
If you are traveling or moving to South Korea and need to transport items, you should look into the various options available for shipping to South Korea. Some options will be more suitable for you than others. You can choose between several different options for international shipping to South Korea. Here are some of them below:
Send Luggage to South Korea
If you are enjoying a city break or an activity vacation in South Korea, or if you are moving there permanently, you can save yourself a lot of stress by sending your possessions with Send My Bag. Your possessions will be looked after for you, allowing you to get on with exploring your new environment. Send My Bag will pick up your bags at home and deliver them to your final destination in South Korea. You can send as much as 66 lbs per bag, which means that you can bring all your home comforts with you to help you set up home abroad or to fully enjoy your vacation. To find out more about sending luggage to South Korea, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
Send your bike to South Korea
Cycling is becoming more popular in South Korea, with the government running a scheme to get Koreans cycling. There are 1,091 miles of river cycle paths, alone, making South Korean a happy prospect for cyclers. Why not ship your bike to South Korea with Send My bag and enjoy the South Korean scenery from the comfort of your own bike. By sending your bike you can avoid exceptional baggage fees from your airline and save yourself the hassle of carrying a heavy bike to and from the airport. To find out more about shipping your bike, read our bike shipping page, where you can learn how to best package your bike for safe transport.
send golf clubs to South Korea
South Korea has around 200 golf courses – so plenty for golfers to choose from. The top-rated courses include the South Cape Owner’s Club, Nine Bridges, and the Anyang Country Club. Why not try some of these golf courses while you are in South Korea using your own golf clubs by sending them with Send My Bag? Make sure you find out how best to prepare your golf clubs for transit by visiting Send My Bag's page on sending golf clubs.
Send your skis to south korea
You may not be aware, but South Korea has numerous ski resorts. In fact, the country will be host to the Winter Olympics in 2018. Some of the best resorts include Yongpyong Resort, Phoenix Park and Vivaldi Park. Why not try South Korea for your next ski vacation and send your skis ahead to South Korea so that you don’t have to rent any equipment when you are there. Read more on ski shipping here and discover how best to package your skis for transit.
Removals to South Korea
If you moving to South Korea permanently, you will have to do some research into international removals to South Korea in order to move all of your possessions. Make sure you choose a reputable removal company and ensure that all your items are carefully packaged so that they won’t get damaged in transit. Use appropriate packaging for your items and seal everything up well.
Student shipping to South Korea
South Korea is a popular destination for international students, with top universities such as Seoul National University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology and Pohang University of Science and Technology. If you want to study in South Korea you can easily send your possessions with Send My Bag, which allows you to bring so much more than you could check into an airplane hold – so all the books, writing materials and clothes you might need. Find out more about student shipping and how to receive your student discount by visiting our student removals page.
Sending a parcel to South Korea
You could send a parcel to South Korea with Send My Bag, which is particularly handy if you only need to send a small number of items. Friends and family at home can use this service to send things to you in South Korea, such as gifts or care packages. Make sure you choose a good solid box when sending a parcel to South Korea and tape it up well so nothing gets damaged in transit. Also make sure you know about rules regarding personal effects and brand new items (see below). Take a look at our information page on how to send a parcel, to find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
As well as sending baggage, luggage and parcels to South Korea, you could investigate the following options for shipping items internationally, which are more applicable if you want to send large, chunky items like an armchair or sofa:
Air Freight to South Korea
When sending big bulky items, such as a sofa or a wardrobe, to South Korea you could try using air freight. Air freight usually takes one to two days, which is normally faster than sea freight shipping, but generally more expensive. What you have to pay will depend on the weight and size of your shipment. You will probably also have to use the services of a customs agent to handle customs clearance. And, you need to work out how to get your items to and from the airport, which means that costs could quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to South Korea your items will likely arrive at one of the major international airports, such as Gimpo, Muan or Gimhae Airports.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to South Korea
You could try sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions to South Korea. Sea freight usually means shipping items in large containers loaded onto cargo ships, so is also good for bulky items, like a stove or dining table. It can be less expensive than air freight, but you will still need to use the services of a customs agent and will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports, which means it could cost more than expected. When using container shipping to South Korea your items will most likely arrive by ship at a major sea port, such as Busan or Incheon.
Shipping Goods to South Korea
You need to know about the current customs rules when shipping goods to South Korea. You should be fully aware of any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to South Korea, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Read the section below on ‘What can I send to South Korea? What items are restricted?’
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Important Korea, Republic of Customs Information
Used Household goods are duty free for foreigners, provided the consignee intends to reside in South Korea for at least 2 years if entering alone, or for at least 1 year if entering Korea with a family.
If the stay is for less than 2 years, the shipment will be classed as a "Quasi-Immigrant" removal and will be subject to duties and taxes.
Goods must be imported within 6 months of the owner’s arrival, or within 3 months of arrival if traveling from another South East Asian county.
Returning citizens must have lived abroad for 2 years if entering alone, or for a minimum of 1 year if entering with a family, to be eligible to re-import Personal Effects duty free.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 8 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
General Customs Information
Because most countries offer a duty-free allowance for personal effects, the majority of Send My Bag shipments will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are items that have been in the sender’s possession for at least six months. If your shipment is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you may have to pay taxes and duties.
You should bear this in mind if sending brand new items, such as Christmas or birthday presents to South Korea. You should research beforehand any customs duties you might have to pay, take any advice given by South Korean customs, and attach any documentation required of you.
To show customs officials that you are only sending personal effects, you need to complete a packing list online, that should be written as follows: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travelers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under prevailing South Korean customs regulations.
More information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to Korea, Republic of? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Illegal or restricted goods;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Irreplaceable items.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Korea, Republic of we prohibit the sending of:
- Soil samples
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
About South Korea
When visiting South Korea, you must spend some time in one of the national parks, such as Seoraksan or Bukhansan National Parks, with the latter offering great views of Seoul. You can go hiking or even rock climbing in these parks.
Another must-see is the palaces in Seoul, including Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung Palaces. Here, you can see pretty architecture, learn about Korean history, and, if you are lucky, witness the changing of the guards in their traditional costumes.
If shopping in your thing, head to the Myeongdong Shopping Street in Seoul. You will find every ware you can think of here and can enjoy picking up some unusual items that you wouldn’t find back at home.
Don’t forget to try out the street food while in Seoul. Spicy rice cakes, ice-cream filled waffles and cotton candy moulded into all sorts of shapes are among the treats awaiting you in Seoul.