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Check the preferential rules of orign through verification

Origin verification is performed to check the appropriateness of FTA preferential rules of origin.

Origin verification refers to country of origin investigations or examinations conducted for domestic importers, exporters and producers, country of origin certificate issuing authorities, and exporters and producers of contracting countries to Korea to find out if it is appropriate to apply FTA preferential tariff rates and check the countries of origin.

Depending on the Investigation Target, Country of Origin Investigations are Divided into Investigations for Imported Goods and Investigations for Exported Goods.

  • Country of origin investigations for imported goods are carried out targeting goods eligible for FTA preferential tariff rates, imported to Korea from its contracting parties.
    • Based on who conducts the investigations, there are two types of origin verification: direct verification and indirect verification. In direct verification, the customs of the importing country directly investigates the exporters of its contracting partner. In indirect verification, the customs of the importing country asks the customs of the exporting country for verification.
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  • Country of origin investigations for exports refer to origin verification on goods exported to contracting partners conducted by Korea Customs upon request from the customs authorities of the contracting partners.
  • The methods and procedures of origin verification vary depending on the FTA concerned.
    FTA concerned
    FTAs Indirect Verification Direct Verification Deadline for Reply
    Korea-Chile - 1. Written inquiry and request for information
    2. Investigation visit to the exporter
    30 days
    Korea-Singapore
    (Gradual Application)
    1.Request the exporter and producer to provide information through the customs office of the exporting country.
    2. Visit the exporter for examination.
    30 days within the date of submission
    Korea-EFTA Request for verification to the customs of the exporting country(Attendance at verification allowed if necessary) - 15 months
    Korea-ASEAN
    (Gradual application)
    1. Request for verification to a certifying authority of the exporting country 2. Visit the exporter for examination. 2 months (6 months at the maximum))
    Korea-India
    (Gradual application)
    1. Request for verification to a certifying authority of the exporting country 2. Visit the exporter for examination. 3 months (6 months at the maximum)
    Korea-EU Request for verification to the customs of the exporting country (Joint investigations allowed if necessary) - 10 months
    Korea-Peru Request for verification to the authorities of the exporting country 1. Request for documentary materials to the exporter through the authorities of the exporting country
    2. Investigation visit to the exporter
    (Direct) 30days (Indirect) 150days
    Korea-US Request for verification to the customs of the exporting country (Limited to textiles and apparel products) 1. Send written questions to the exporter.
    2.Visit the exporter for examination.
    -
    Korea-Turkey Request for verification to the customs of the exporting country (Attendance at verification allowed if necessary) - 10 months
    Korea- Australia Request for verification to a certifying authority of the exporting country 1. Written request to the exporter
    2. Investigation visit to the exporter
    30 days
    Korea- Canada - 1. Written inquiry to the exporter
    2. Investigation visit to the exporter
    30 days
    Korea-China
    (Gradual application)
    1. Request the issuing agency in the exporting country for verification 2. Visit the exporter for examination.
    (in the presence of the customs officer of the exporting country)
    6months
    Korea-Vietnam
    (Gradual application)
    1. Request the issuing agency in the exporting country for verification 2. Visit the exporter for examination.
    (need to obtain the consent of the exporting country)
    6 months
    Korea-New Zealand - 1. Send written questions to the exporter.
    2. Visit the exporter for examination.
    (in the presence of the customs officer of the exporting country)
    90 days
    Korea-Colombia Request the customs office in the exporting country for verification 1. Send a written request to the exporter.
    2. Visit the exporter for examination.
    (in the presence of the customs officer of the exporting country)
    (Direct) 30 days
    (Indirect) 150 days