S. Korea waives paperwork, duties for imported face masks
Updated: 2020-03-08 14:10:53 KST
South Korea's been struggling with a shortage of protective face masks and hand sanitizer because of the coronavirus outbreak, so the government's decided to make it easier for ordinary people to buy them from overseas.
According to the Korea Customs Service and industry sources, there will be no import duties or special paperwork to file until the end of June.
That goes for masks, hand sanitizer and thermometers up to a value of 150 U.S. dollars, or 200 dollars when bought from the United States.
However, it only applies to products for personal use.
Until now, importing these products required an amount of paperwork that, for ordinary people, made buying them from overseas effectively impossible.