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Customs duty-related crimes
Classification Description of Violation Punishment
Export or import of prohibited goods Exporting prohibited goods (pornography, counterfeit money and bonds, etc.) - Imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine not more than 20 million won
- Forfeiture of prohibited goods and/or additional collection
(Case) Kim ○○ attempted to smuggle imitation male sexual organs into Korea without filing a customs declaration on them, but his smuggling attempt was uncovered.
Smuggling into Korea Failing to file an import declaration or importing goods which are different from those on which a declaration has been filed - Imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine not more than 10 times the amount of the customs duties or the cost price of the relevant goods, whichever is higher
- Forfeiture of smuggled goods and/or additional collection
(Case) Park ○○ attempted to smuggle diamonds by hiding them in an electronic product, but his smuggling attempt was uncovered.
Smuggling out of Korea Failing to file an export (return) declaration or exporting goods which are different from those on which a declaration has been filed - Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than the cost price of the relevant goods
- Forfeiture of smuggled goods and/or additional collection
(Case) Jang ○○ attempted to smuggle a stolen vehicle out of Korea by disguising it as a set of vehicle parts, but his smuggling attempt was uncovered.
Evasion of customs duties Filing a false dutiable value or a false tariff rate for the purpose of evading customs duties Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than 5 times the amount of the customs duties or the cost price of the relevant goods, whichever is higher
(Case) Jeong ○○ evaded customs duties by declaring the import of red peppers at a lower price than their actual price.
Illegal reduction or exemption of customs duties Having the customs duties imposed on the relevant goods reduced or exempted by any illegal means or evading the collection of the customs duties on the goods on which customs duties have been reduced or exempted Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than 5 times the amount of the reduced or exempted (evaded) customs duties
(Case) Choe ○○ had the imposed customs duties reduced illegally by disguising a machine for producing goods as a machine for research and development.
Illegal refund of customs duties Having the paid customs duties refunded by any illegal means Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than 5 times the amount of the refunded customs duties
(Case) Lee ○○ made an illegal shipment of the dry red peppers imported as raw materials for export and instead produced and exported red pepper powder using low-quality domestic materials, thereby illegally getting a refund on the customs duties paid for importing red peppers.
Illegal exports and imports Importing finished goods without meeting the conditions necessary for import or partially importing finished goods whose export and import or whose import is restricted as components after meeting such conditions by any illegal means (Illegal import) Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than 30 million won
(Illegal export) Imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine not more than 20 million won
(Partial import) Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than the cost price of the relevant goods
(Case) Noh ○○ imported dental equipment illegally without obtaining permission from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
Acquiring smuggled goods, etc. Acquiring, transferring, transporting, keeping in custody, brokering or appraising smuggled or illegally exported or imported goods - Imprisonment for not more than 3 years or a fine not more than the cost price of the relevant goods
- Forfeiture of smuggled goods and/or additional collection
(Case) Kim ○○ collected and sold red peppers, cigarettes, etc. smuggled in by peddlers.

* Reduction or exemption of customs duties: Reducing or exempting the customs duties when the certain requirements prescribed by law, etc. are met
* Refund of customs duties: Returning the customs duties paid for importing goods when the certain requirements prescribed by law are met

Main crackdown case

Arresting a group of five people who smuggled 1.2 tons of gold bars (worth a market value of 55 billion won) into Japan, the largest scale smuggle in history, by using the crew of a passenger ship bound for Japan, which traveled between Busan and Japan.

  • They transported the gold bars obtained in Seoul to Busan and then smuggled them into Japan by hiding 24 kg of gold bars in each specially manufactured jacket for carrying them through the crew, etc.
  • The funds earned by selling the gold bars in Japan were brought into Korea through peddlers who were traveling to and from Japan by means of passenger ships at the Port of Busan or airplanes at Incheon Airport.
Wearing a vest in which gold bars were hiddenTaking the gold bars out of the vestRemoving the outer package of the gold barsThe actual gold bars and the vest
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