How to Send Parcel from Korea
This post was first loaded on 6th September 2013, updated on 1st March 2017.
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. Insha Allah.
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 Korean friend’s generous help I managed to bring over the huge load to the post office. Staying on the 4th floor of a goshiwon (small monthly rented room like dormitory) with no lift will burn me some calories definitely. Read my experience living in goshiwon here.
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 1 for EMS and Air Parcel but Zone 2 for Surface Parcel. Again, ask the post office officer to double check which box size is applicable for the destination (country) that you desire. On my last postage done on 2015, Malaysia’s biggest box is number 5 as per picture above.
- Determine whether you want to send your parcel to your country via surface (ship) or air. For example to Malaysia; a 20 kg parcel via surface (ship) takes about 2 months for about 46,800 won OR via air is 88,600 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 that is any EMS center near your location in Korea but surface shipment can only be done via KOREA post office which is the national post office company. Well, I sent mine through surface parcel (by ship)…by right it would take between 50~70 days to Malaysia. Check with the officer on the delivery standards for your parcel.
- 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 (number 2 (document), number 4 (goods), number 6 (premium EMS)) is different from Surface form (number 3 (with insurance) and number 5 (normal)) as per picture below.
- You could track your parcel after delivery here.
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.