Country of origin labeling is required for commercial shipments entering Korea. The Korean Customs Service (KCS) publishes a list of country of origin labeling requirements by Harmonized System Code number. Please visit Labeling and Marking for more detailed information about labeling requirements.
Korea has specific labeling and market requirements for organic and functional food as well as food produced through biotechnology. Details regarding these and other general labeling and market requirements can be found on the Foreign Agricultural Service website in the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report for Korea.
Further labeling and marking requirements for specific products, such as pharmaceutical and food products, are covered by specific regulations from the Korean Government agencies responsible for these items. Korean language labels, except for country of origin markings that must be shown at the time of customs clearance, can be attached locally on products in the bonded area either before or after clearance. The Korea Food & Drug Administration (KFDA) is responsible for setting and enforcing Korean labels for food products other than livestock products. The MAF regulates livestock products. The MAF also has its own set of standards for markings for the country of origin labeling of agricultural products. Local importers usually print Korean language labels when imported quantities are not large and consult with KCS about where they can be attached to the product.