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The ACVA Shield

Posted by Taein Kim

10/12/17 10:42 AM

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If you are being attacked by a stronger opponent, sometimes you need a strong shield. Korea Customs is such an opponent with all the power of the government behind them, how can importers protect themselves?  

One defensive shield available is the ‘ACVA’ program.

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Topics: Best Practices, Asia

A Cleaner, Greener Future. What Does This Entail for Trade In Asia?

Posted by Noel Chow

9/6/17 1:26 PM

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With the Brexit in full motion, the Britons should never have to worry about the infamous Euro-sausage ever becoming a threat to the English banger again. That should put many an Englishman at ease (watch the 1984 Christmas Special of the BBC’s “Yes Minister” if you are pondering the origin of this joke). The prospect of losing the liberty to fill up at the gas station though, is probably less of a laughing matter, especially if petrol and diesel powered vehicles have been a way of life for at least the last 60 years if not longer.

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Topics: Asia

Enjoy ISA in Korea

Posted by Taein Kim

4/6/17 10:36 AM

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The Korea Customs Service (KCS) has benchmarked the successful US Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program and decided to establish a similar program in Korea for importers to use. Similar to the US, the ISA process starts with membership in Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). Korean AEO import companies are eligible to utilize the newly implemented ISA program, which is expected to become effective this month.

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Topics: Asia

Our Thing in Asia: Complex Compliance

Posted by Gregory Nichols

10/14/16 1:43 PM

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I’ve just joined Tradewin Asia from a large European industrial and consumer company where I was responsible for regional Asia trade compliance.  Almost every week, I would receive emails or telephone calls which required immediate attention. Common inquiries included: “URGENT! Cargo stuck at port!”; “No FORM D/E”; “The business is asking why we have to pay extra duties now.”; “Why nobody is telling us we need special licenses?”

Those were the days, when we didn’t have any compliance regime in place. No internal trade policies or standards, and everyone was doing whatever they felt was right. Norms and bad habits just continued on. Occasionally, I was praised for implementing good practices. Sound familiar?

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Topics: Asia

Think You Are Doing Just Fine? Korea Customs Auditors Might Not Think So

Posted by Taein Kim

8/31/16 11:30 AM

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Being audited is pretty unpleasant. Having people go through your things in minute detail looking for mistakes you have made. Most companies’ normal reactions to a customs audit in Korea is probably ‘Why us?’ or ‘We are doing just fine’.

Well, unfortunately it looks like customs auditors have different views on how well companies are doing on customs compliance. In 2013, the Korea Customs Service imposed $200 million USD in additional duties collected through customs audits and investigations; more than 4.4 times the 2012 figure. And this number has been steadily growing ever since.

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Topics: Asia