Import Information: Korea, Republic of (formerly South Korea)
Invest Korea Plaza (IKP)
It is the first business incubation center in Korea for foreign investors. It has a Project Manager System which entitles tenants to information on Korean markets and industries, assistance in seeking business partners, investment start-up consultation, on-site administrative support, consultation on FDI incentives, Korean law, taxes and help with arranging meetings with government officials. IKP offers various types of support from the initial stage of investment to actual business set-up. It also has an Investor Support Center which provides business and living information as well as a 24-hour hotline to foreign investors and their families in need of emergency information (Phone: 1600-7119).
Korea Customs Service
Presents the import clearance system with the different forms to fill out. In the 'Information Plaza' part of the site has information on laws and regulations, trade statistics as well as custom tariffs and certificates of origin.
71, Nonhyun-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Korea 135-702 TEL : 82-2-3438-1114 Fax : 82-2-3438-1665
Korea Importers Association (KOSMA)
Private Korean organization dedicated to facilitating exports into the country. Includes a large section on Korean import policies and system with import policies and trends as well as import statistics and import institutions. It is also dedicated to import promotion with trade missions and exhibitions and has an e-market.
Korea.net - Gateway to Korea
Contains information on Korea, Korean culture, Korean economy, tourism information and press releases from the Korean government.
Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
It is the national investment promotion agency of South Korea. Its purpose is supporting the entry and establishment of foreign businesses into Korea.
Comprehensive explanation of the Korean tax and labor systems as well as an overview of the incentives provided by Seoul and Korea as a whole to attract foreign businesses.
Special Act on Imported Food Safety Management (2016)
Foreign facilities, including food facilities, packing houses, grain storage facilities, fishery plants, etc., that handle products inspected by Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) must register and agree to inspection by MFDS. Register by July 19, 2016 to ensure products will not be turned away on arrival in Korea, and to avoid potential problems from a crush of last-minute registrants. Submit registrations on line at https://impfood.mfds.go.kr, or by mail.
The Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KORCHAM)
Offer different services to foreign businesses: support of trade delegations by arranging their meeting with Korean manufacturers and traders, and hosting seminars on investment, it also provides information on Korean companies and on the spot consulting services on issues of trade and investment. It also certifies trade document.
USDA/ FAS - Republic of Korea
Advise exporters on how to on import and market their products; Provide importer lists and other information to U.S. exporters; Supply Korean importers with lists of U.S.
Director - Michael Fay - Phone: 011-82-2 397-4188
USDA/FAS - Office of Agricultural Affairs
Senior Attache - Michael Francom - Phone: 011-82-2-397-4297