Aug 13, 2014

Smuggling in Korea (밀수출입죄)

The Offense of Smuggling, in Korea, is proscribed by Article 269 of the Custom Act - along with various other Korean acts.

Article 269(2) notes that: "Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than five years, or by a fine equivalent to ten times the amount of custom duties or the cost of the relevant goods, whichever is lower."

In order not to violate the law, please fill out a Customs Declaration under Article 241 (1) and (2) or 244 of the Customs Act if the items you are importing are not personal items. Essential.

We are dealing with a smuggling charge at this time and the ramifications for not filing out this form are jail and, potentially, a fine that you will be unable to pay.

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Sean Hayes may be contacted at: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com. Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty. He is ranked, for Korea, as one of only two non-Korean attorneys as a Top Attorney by AsiaLaw.