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18 September 2010 @ 05:26 pm
Duty taxes?  
Hi, everyone!

Has anyone ever ordered something from a US-based website and had it shipped to Korea? If you did, what is the situation with the duty taxes? I want to get a Kindle since I'm tired of reading the same four books over and over again, and I'm wondering if I'll get hit with import/duty taxes when it arrives.

Thanks for any help or insight you can give me.
 
 
 
Generic Mild Mannered Unemployed Arts Graduatejen_the_great on September 18th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Make a friend on the military base.
Brandon: South Korea ferrynormalcyispasse on September 18th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
If you have it shipped directly to your place in Korea you'll have to pay duty tax, which can be high (up to 25%, IIRC).

It's cheapest to make a friend at a .mil installation or to ship it to a friend/relative in America who can repack it and send it along to you.
Nena Di Martineznenadi on September 18th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I had a laptop sent to me that was repacked by my parents and I still had to pay a 10% duty, since it was inspected and whatnot.
Brandon: South Korea ferrynormalcyispasse on September 19th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
It's been hit and miss for me. I had two laptops delivered to me and didn't pay duty, but I did have to pay a hefty duty fee on my wife's engagement ring.
Nena Di Martineznenadi on September 18th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
I had a laptop delivered to me and I had to pay like 10% of the value in duty taxes. :/
ladyfictitiousfact on September 18th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've never ordered anything, but I've had a couple of things sent to me by my parents with a variety of results.

Most boxes contained new things that I had purchased online, but my mom unpacked everything and since most were clothes, washed them. However, since they were mixed in with a bunch of other things that were actually pre-owned and there was nothing of any real value, I never had any problems.

On the other hand, my laptop that was one year old broke right after my arrival. I sent it back to the US for repair (Gateway has no Asian location) and it had to go through my parents. However, when they sent it back to me, it was stopped and I was charged duty. Long story short, I eventually didn't pay the duty but because of all the hassle and "processing" I paid the office about 20,000won as a fee and I had to supply a bunch of paperwork to show that I had sent the laptop and that it was merely repaired, not new.

Whatever method you choose, good luck! You can try to avoid the taxes, but they're not really the end of the world if you can't.
missazraelmissazrael on September 19th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, after reading everyone's responses, I think I'll just have it sent directly from Amazon. Even paying up to 25% duty wouldn't be that bad, and I'm more confident in Amazon's ability to carefully package delicate electronics than my parent's.

Thanks!
Carinayinake on September 19th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Hey, if it's English-language books you want, here's an easier option:

http://ko.whatthebook.com/