Opportunities in Korea’s Growing Tuning & Performance Modification Industry for Foreign Companies

Korea has been behind its Asian neighbors in its love for modifying cars, partially, because of Korea draconian laws related to car modifications.  Police, regularly, impose fines on those that modify the look and performance of cars.

The tuning industry in Korea is estimated to be around USD 500mil, while Japan tops in at over USD 14billion.  We suspect this will change soon.

The good news for foreign aftermarket parts manufacturers, looking to enter the Korean market, is that the present administration has vowed to change laws to allow cosmetic and performance modifications to cars. We assume the changes to law (or application of law) will occur this year.

A decent article on the issue may be found at: Legal Tune-up to Help Koreans Pimp Their Rides

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.

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