South-Korean Customs Authorities have decided that as per 1 July 2018 ‘de minimis’ B2C and C2C shipments (shipments with a value not exceeding $ 150,- to private persons) will need a personal code of the private consignee/importer, the so-called Personal Customs Clearance Code (PCCC). The decision has been made due to ‘Real Name Verification’ and is meant to prevent the use of fake names and abuse of names at import. The requirements Is not valid for document-shipments (DOX).
A transition period has been installed until 1 January 2019. From that date a PCCC is required. Korean private persons have to apply for a PCCC in case they want to import goods. Shippers need to obtain this code from the consignee/importer before the shipment is sent. In case for some reason the PCCC cannot be provided in time, the date of birth of the private consignee/importer (YYYYMMDD) can be used.
A PCCC can be applied by South-Korean private persons via below websites:
Foreign consignees/importer in South-Korea can contact local South-Korean customs authorities for a PCCC application.
Shippers need to enter the PCCC in the box ‘Receiver/Consignee’ when booking a DHL shipment. DHL South-Korea will take care of providing the required data to South-Korean Customs Authorities. Not using the PCCC before 1 January 2019 will lead to possible delays due to physical inspections of the shipments. As per 1 January 2019 shipments which do not have a PCCC in the data will be subject to formal import clearance procedure. This formal procedure will have a negative impact on the handling time at South-Korean Customs Authorities.
For more information, please contact your DHL representative or DHL Customer service at 088 - 0552 000.