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Do I need to pay duty to bring used goods to Korea?

 
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cj1976



Joined: 26 Oct 2005

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:35 am    Post subject: Do I need to pay duty to bring used goods to Korea? Reply with quote

I'm thinking about buying a used guitar in England and bringing it back to Korea. Does anyone know if I will have to pay duty?
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tardisrider



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Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not unless they think you're going to sell it--if it's just your personal property then it should be okay.
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cj1976



Joined: 26 Oct 2005

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tardisrider wrote:
Not unless they think you're going to sell it--if it's just your personal property then it should be okay.


Good to know, thanks. How about buying stuff new then bringing it back?
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optik404



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cj1976 wrote:
tardisrider wrote:
Not unless they think you're going to sell it--if it's just your personal property then it should be okay.


Good to know, thanks. How about buying stuff new then bringing it back?


If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.
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cj1976



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

optik404 wrote:
cj1976 wrote:
tardisrider wrote:
Not unless they think you're going to sell it--if it's just your personal property then it should be okay.


Good to know, thanks. How about buying stuff new then bringing it back?


If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.


That is the only criteria? Guitars don't usually come sealed, but I will remove all tags and stickers etc. Basically, I am in the market for a quality guitar but I don't want to pay the exorbitant markup that Korean dealers add on.
Would be cheaper to a new guitar in the UK because my wife can get the VAT refunded.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

optik404 wrote:
If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.


No, you won't.

Your duty free allowance is $400 per trip.

As a foreigner items in your possession for your PERSONAL use that will NOT be resold or left in Korea upon your departure (ie: not imported) are NOT subject to import tax, VAT or duty.

There are some exceptions (like cars) or people on an F5 (permanent resident) but most personal items like computers, electronics, musical equipment, photographic equipment, etc fall under the exemption (not imported).

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cj1976



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
optik404 wrote:
If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.


No, you won't.

Your duty free allowance is $400 per trip.

As a foreigner, items in your possession for your PERSONAL use that will NOT be resold or left in Korea upon your departure (ie: not imported) are NOT subject to import tax, VAT or duty.

There are some exceptions (like cars) but most personal items like computers, electronics, musical equipment, etc fall under the exempt items list.

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So does that mean I can buy a $1500 guitar and not worry about duty when I get back to Korea?
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cj1976



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find all this confusing. The Korean customs website doesn't make it very clear. My friend recently purchased a used guitar from Japan and was hit with 20% tax. That was shipped in rather than physically brought through customs.
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optik404



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
optik404 wrote:
If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.


No, you won't.

Your duty free allowance is $400 per trip.

As a foreigner items in your possession for your PERSONAL use that will NOT be resold or left in Korea upon your departure (ie: not imported) are NOT subject to import tax, VAT or duty.

There are some exceptions (like cars) or people on an F5 (permanent resident) but most personal items like computers, electronics, musical equipment, photographic equipment, etc fall under the exemption (not imported).

.


I stand corrected. So anything over 400 will be subject to tax?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

optik404 wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
optik404 wrote:
If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.


No, you won't.

Your duty free allowance is $400 per trip.

As a foreigner items in your possession for your PERSONAL use that will NOT be resold or left in Korea upon your departure (ie: not imported) are NOT subject to import tax, VAT or duty.

There are some exceptions (like cars) or people on an F5 (permanent resident) but most personal items like computers, electronics, musical equipment, photographic equipment, etc fall under the exemption (not imported).

.


I stand corrected. So anything over 400 will be subject to tax?


If it is "personal belongings" AND you bring it in with you on arrival AND you will take it with you when you leave Korea then it is exempt.
(It you re-sell it then it is taxable and subject to proof of duty paid.)

If it is imported to stay AND under $400 AND brought in with you then it qualifies as duty free.

If you SHIP anything over $150 (shipping costs included) it is subject to import taxes.

cj1976 wrote:
I find all this confusing. The Korean customs website doesn't make it very clear. My friend recently purchased a used guitar from Japan and was hit with 20% tax. That was shipped in rather than physically brought through customs.


SHIPPED means "imported" rather than personal goods "in transit".

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cj1976



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
optik404 wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
optik404 wrote:
If it's still in the package and sealed, you'll get hit.


No, you won't.

Your duty free allowance is $400 per trip.

As a foreigner items in your possession for your PERSONAL use that will NOT be resold or left in Korea upon your departure (ie: not imported) are NOT subject to import tax, VAT or duty.

There are some exceptions (like cars) or people on an F5 (permanent resident) but most personal items like computers, electronics, musical equipment, photographic equipment, etc fall under the exemption (not imported).

.


I stand corrected. So anything over 400 will be subject to tax?


If it is "personal belongings" AND you bring it in with you on arrival AND you will take it with you when you leave Korea then it is exempt.
(It you re-sell it then it is taxable and subject to proof of duty paid.)

If it is imported to stay AND under $400 AND brought in with you then it qualifies as duty free.

If you SHIP anything over $150 (shipping costs included) it is subject to import taxes.

cj1976 wrote:
I find all this confusing. The Korean customs website doesn't make it very clear. My friend recently purchased a used guitar from Japan and was hit with 20% tax. That was shipped in rather than physically brought through customs.


SHIPPED means "imported" rather than personal goods "in transit".

.


You Sir, are a font of invaluable information. I take my hat off to you!
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