How to Send Parcel from Korea
It has been more than two months after I left ‘The land of the morning calm’ aka South Korea for good. Do I miss her? Strangely..not yet. The first thing on my mind before I left this country was how to send parcel from Korea to Malaysia.
Maybe because I’m heading towards a new direction, a new challenge hmmm…a new me. Surprise!! ^^
Well…lets just say that, I will keep blogging about Korea but not as frequent as before.
Last few weeks, I received my parcel of 20 kg from South Korea. It took roughly 6 weeks to arrive home back in Malaysia although it was stated in the T&C, it could take the maximum of 8 weeks.
There was nothing much inside the box, really..accept books and loads of books and a few winter clothes with some sentimental values which I hang on to.
The officer asked me an alarming question though..”Please choose the options below if your parcel does not arrive within the stipulated time”
Option 1 – Return to sender
Option 2 – Resend via air parcel
Option 3 – Just let the parcel lost its way..hmmm…
I chose option 3. I know..I can be frighteningly ‘cold’ sometimes. Let it go Zarina…just let it go. *sigh*
Anyway, thanks to my good Korean friend I managed to bring over the huge load to the post office. Staying on the 4th floor of a goshiwon with no lift will burn me some calories definitely.
Get the correct size of boxes to your destination country before buying the boxes. Ask the post office officer and ask them to check twice, based from my own experience. The price of the boxes also may differ from year to year.
Step by Step
- Determine your country’s zone here. Malaysia is Zone 2. Again, ask the post office officer to double check.
- Determine whether you want to send your parcel to your country via surface (ship) or air. For example to Malaysia; a 20 kg parcel takes about 2 months for about 41,300 won OR via air is 126,600 won for about 10 days. Check for your rates here. There are two types of surface (ship) parcel – longer ( at least a month) or shorter (at least two weeks) .
- If you want to send via air, you may go to any parcel delivery center ie EMS center but surface shipment can only be done via KOREA post office. Well, I sent mine through surface parcel (by ship)…by right it would take between 50~70 days to Malaysia. Check the delivery standards for surface parcel here.
- Determine your parcel’s box size. You have to ensure that you receive the CORRECT box’s size by the post officer. An IMPORTANT reminder, you have to buy the box from the post office or EMS parcel center with the ‘CORRECT’ size of box according to your country’s limit. Otherwise, incorrect box’s size will be held by custom.
- Fill up the correct form. Air or EMS form is different from Surface form.
- If you pay the insurance or EMS, you could track your stuff here and for surface parcel, you can track them from the site address given on your payment receipt.
REMINDER: Do seal your package neatly and just duct-tape it as much as you can. Mine was wrapped nicely and tightly but after 6 weeks, the box was kinda ‘well’ handled. Thankfully the items inside were still intact. Just seal your boxes in Korea post office. They offer this service for FREE.