Exporting Used Medical Equipment to South Korea

Question posted by Francesca Stewart, on behalf of Medical Equipment Distributor in DY11

Good Morning

I am looking to establish the regulations and process required for the exportation of used medical equipment to South Korea?

Many thanks in advance

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Rob Affleck, on behalf of Currency UK in SW11.

Hi Francesca,

There are currently controls on the South Korean Won (KRW) to protect its value. Your customer will have hoops to jump through even if you ask for Sterling payment.

Feel free to give me a call on 0207 738 0777 for more information.

Rob Affleck
360 FX Dealer
Currency UK Ltd

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Bilal bin Saqib, on behalf of BBS & Co Ltd in HA8.

Hi

We have clients in Africa who are looking to purchase used medicial equipment.

Please advise if you have any stock.

Email is bilal@bbsandco.com

Kind regards
Bilal

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Howard Marsh, on behalf of Descartes in SO40.

You will of course have to complete the necessary UK export declaration. We provide web based software that allows for this to be completed by either the trader, carrier or third party logistics provider. We can provide you with companies who could help and currently use our software if that is of interest. The export declaration will have to be supported by as a minimum by a commercial invoice or its equivalent and possible other documents such as export control licences.
Goods may qualify for preference under the EU GSP preference arrangements, which will benefit the importer. see HMRC web site www.hmrc.gov.uk or by phoning the VAT, Excise and Customs Helpline on 0300 200 3700.

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Sandra Strong, on behalf of Strong and Herd LLP in M22.

Hi
Firstly you or your customer needs a licence to deal with medical equipment (new regulation July 2014) and import permit and prior import notification. Your importer must be licensed by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) in S Korea. The items must fulfil further obligations with regard to quality management and conformity standards (especially if the medical equipment includes software). The items must meed S Korean standard including Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

Used electrical appliances to be imported into South Korea must conform to the Korean standards and therefore require a Certification of Electrical Appliances or a Notification of Self-Regulatory Safety Confirmation of Electrical Appliances, depending on their possible danger for consumers. Please refer to the quoted documents and to the section on standards above.

Hope this helps -

Sandra (sandras@strongandherd.co.uk)

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Jimin Kim, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment South Korea in South Korea.

Hi Francesca,

All medical devices need to be registered and approved by MFDS (the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) for it to be sold in the Korean market. The registration process and how long it takes depends on the classification of the devices which may differ from the classification you received in other countries as we have a bit more strict regulations for some devices.
Apart from the registration and approval of the devices, the company would also need to register Manufacturer GMP to MFDS before the actual launch of products in the market.

Please reach me directly for more detailed information if necessary.

Jimin Kim (jimin.kim@fco.gov.uk)
UKTI Seoul, South Korea

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Dear Francesca

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found on our website by using the following link:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&propertyType=document&resetCT=true&id=HMCE_PROD1_032667

You may find the Export Best Practice Guide particularly helpful.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise
www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus

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