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What's in this article?
  1. South Korea International Moving Services
  2. Moving To South Korea Cost & Time Examples
  3. Will You Be Charged Duty On Household Belongings?
  4. Will You Be Required To Submit Specific Paperwork?
  5. Will You Be Charged Duty On Vehicle Imports?
  6. Will You Be Required To Submit Specific Paperwork?
  7. Tips On How To Make Your International Move Easier
  8. Why You Need A Professional Moving Company When Relocating Overseas
  9. How To Find The Best International Moving Company
  10. Our South Korea International Moving Services
  11. Why A-1 Auto Transport Inc?
  12. Get In Touch!
  13. Sources

South Korea International Moving Services

International moving is the process through which a company or an individual transports their goods and belongings from one country to another. This can be done individually or by movers who provide international moving services. Hiring international mover offers you a hassle-free experience. A professional mover will offer you with transportation services as well as the needed guidance and advice. Shipping your car to South Korea or your office inventory, household goods and valuables can be easy if you hire the services of a professional moving company that not only provides delivery services but goes out of their way to deliver great support.

Moving To South Korea

Moving to South Korea Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Los Angeles to Seoul$4,000- $5,500$7,400- $10,1004-6 weeks
San Jose to Seoul$4,100- $5,500$7,500- $10,1004-6 weeks
Las Vegas to Seoul$4,600- $6,300$8,400- $11,5004-6 weeks
Houston to Seoul$4,700- $6,400$8,800- $11,9005-8 weeks
Philadelphia to Busan$4,700- $6,500$8,900- $12,0005-8 weeks
Phoenix to Busan$4,900- $6,500$8,800- $12,0004-6 weeks
Charlotte to Busan$5,100- $7,000$9,600- $12,9005-8 weeks
Atlanta to Incheon$5,200- $7,200$9,700- $13,2005-8 weeks
Chicago to Seoul$5,800- $7,800$10,700- $14,4005-8 weeks
Denver to Incheon$6,300- $8,600$11,500- $15,5004-6 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 
1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 
2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 
3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 
4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 
5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

Will you be charged duty on household belongings?

At least according to one knowledgeable source, your used household items can be imported without paying duty. To be eligible for this exemption as a single adult, you must be planning to live in the country for more than two years. For families, you’re only required to anticipate residing in South Korea for over 12 months. Whether single or with a family, you’ll have just six months to bring in your goods, if you wish duty to be waived. Customs halves this time limit, if you’re moving from another nation in the southeast of Asia (1).

Will you be required to submit specific paperwork?

In order to clear your shipment for entry, customs needs to see your passport, visa and an Alien Registration Card (ARC). This document is issued by the Korean Immigration Office. A customs declaration and a Power of Attorney should be presented as well (2). You will also need a detailed inventory, which includes monetary values and lists the serial number, brand and model for all electronic goods.

A valid Work Permit must be acquired at the South Korean embassy or consulate in your origin country - and this must be good for more than one year. If you don’t have the Alien Registration Card mentioned above, then an Employment Certificate good for more than 2 years is an acceptable substitute (3).

Will you be charged duty on vehicle imports?

It may be disappointing to learn, that no duty exemption is offered on vehicle imports (except for diplomats). The precise rate you’ll pay isn’t specified by the reputable sources consulted - so you’re encouraged to contact customs for more information.

Your vehicle should be included on the inventory that you submit to customs. This inventory also must list the complete technical details for the vehicle, such as the license plate number, manufacturer and more. Before leaving the customs warehouse and entering the country, you must have insurance from an underwriter within South Korea in place. In order to legally drive your vehicle on South Korean roads - it’s required to undergo type and model authorization and an emissions inspection. A separate noise and vibration examination is necessary as well (4).

Will you be required to submit specific paperwork?

The vehicle’s title and registration from the origin country, as well as the purchase receipt should be provided. A customs declaration, full inventory and Original Bill of Lading are also needed. Your passport, Work Visa and documents showing insurance has been purchased will be requested by customs (5). When importing a vehicle into South Korea, a valid driver’s license must be presented as well (6).

Though this short guide is an excellent starting point - it is hardly all-encompassing. Customs regulations can be tricky, and they’re also liable to change every so often. For these reasons, working with an experienced and professional international moving company like A1 Auto Transport, will help ensure that your clearance goes well. You should also give customs a call, to discuss the paperwork and procedures your shipments will encounter.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

A lot of preparation is required when moving overseas. There are also a number of procedures to be undertaken while shipping goods or moving to a different country. The following tips will enable you to make your international move easier:

  • Plan and prepare well: Know all the details related to your move. These include, but are not limited to: Knowing the expected shipping and delivery time, the documents required as well as the goods that may not be granted entry to your new destination.
  • Get informed: Make an informed move and do not be caught by surprise. There is information available on websites such as that of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). You may seek further clarification from the Embassy of South Korea.
  • Liaise with the moving company: Create a good client-company relationship with your mover so as to have a hassle-free relocation.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

While relocating overseas, you may get stuck at one of the stages. You may also need some guidance on which steps to take or the documents required to be processed. This guidance can best be provided by a professional moving company. Such a company will make your move easier and also be your trusted guide, from start to finish. A moving company which offers South Korea International Moving Services will also be familiar with the rules governing shipping to South Korea and offer you the required advice.

How to find the best international moving company

There are a good number of moving companies but you only need to find one company that will provide you with the best service. To find out if the company is the best, consider their performance and rating and the number of years they have been in operation. Look at whether they possess the relevant credentials and legal requirements to operate within your region of interest. To narrow down to the best option for you, request for quotes from moving companies offering South Korea International Moving Services, and analyze the benefits that stand to be gained against the cost.

Our South Korea international moving services

  • Packing/unpacking: We go out of our way to make your move easier.
  • Commercial moving: Big or small businesses can make the big move with us and get back to business.
  • Office moves: It is our business to ensure you are set-up and ready to open shop within the shortest time possible.
  • Apartment moves: We help make your move to your apartment in South Korea easy.
  • Planning and preparation: We help you plan and prepare the big and small details of your move. You may also consult with the Customs and Border Protection agency while preparing your documents.
  • Visa and immigration services: We are familiar with the rules of entry that govern South Korea and we can advise you accordingly.
  • Family services: We understand that each family is unique and requires different types of services. This is why we offer tailor-made family services.
  • Auto transport services: Shipping to South Korea should not be a daunting task, especially when you use a reputable mover. There is frequent flow of goods between the US and South Korea, especially after the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2012.

Why A-1 Auto Transport Inc?

What makes A-1 Auto Transport Inc better than the rest? We are an experienced company that has been in this industry for over 20 years. We offer the most competitive rates in the market and will provide quotes for free and with no attached obligations.

Get In Touch!

Please fill-out the form at the top of the page. We are just a phone call and a click away! Get in touch via 888-509-3213 or use the details included here. We can also provide you with a quote for our South Korea International Moving Services upon request.


  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Korea” page.
  3. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Korea” page.
  5. A-1 Auto Transport Ship Car To South Korea
  6. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Korea” page.
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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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