Disclaimer: I’m not being paid to promote Borderlinx or Amazon(although that would be nice)
Living abroad has its ups and downs. One of the downs being able to buy various products from home. In the States, I was able to go to a store and pick up some lotion or my favorite seasonings. And I had no trouble finding clothes my size. Living in Korea has me craving some of my favorite snacks. And also wanting to buy some new threads for work. Being 6’7 or 200cm tall, you can imagine the struggle to finding clothes that fit and also affordable. So I managed to find a shipping company that works for me. I’m sure there are expats who want to shop on Amazon but can’t get certain items because they don’t ship to Korea.
So here’s a guide to buy anything from the USA and ship it to Korea. For this example, I’ll be using Borderlinx and Amazon. Both sites can be used on mobile devices. Borderlinx does not have an app, but you can still pay for shipping on the mobile browsers like Chrome or Opera.
1) Register on Borderlinx
Go to Borderlinx.com and register. Then, go to your email address and confirm it. From the link, it’ll take you to the site.
From there, you’ll go to My Address Book and you will enter your Korean Address. I tend to have my stuff shipped to the school and the staff can sign for me. You will also need a Korean phone number or a phone number in general, for DHL Korea to get in contact with you.
2)Type in your Korean address.
Here you will type on your Korean address and phone number. This will be used for Borderlinx to ship to Korea. Afterwards, you go back to the account and scroll down to see the US address to ship.
3)Let’s go shopping.
Before you go shopping you will need the U.S. address. When you’re checking out, type in the shipping address as seen in the picture.
4) Ship from Bordelinx
When your items arrive at the shipping company, they will send an email letting you know it has arrived. What I like about the service, is you have one month of free storage. That way, if you want to pay for your goods in November and ship in December, you can do that. Just keep in mind, after the month is up, there will be a $5 fee per day.
The price admittedly can be expensive. Excluding tax and customs fee, the price of shipping is usually determined by the size and weight of the goods being shipped. In other words, the more items being shipped, the higher the price. On average I would spend about $250 for shipping. For certain items, I had no problem using the 30 day free storage and pay for shipping on my next paycheck. After you pay the shipping, they will send email with a tracking number the day they ship it out.
It takes me about 2-3 Weeks to receive my stuff. From Borderlinx it takes 2-5 business days to mail your items. Because I have Amazon Prime with two day shipping, I cut down my waiting time. My strategy is to buy my stuff on Sunday Korea time and then the items would usually be there by Thursday Korea time. Then the next day, I will pay for shipping and it’ll arrive by Tuesday Korea time. Afterwards I typically get my stuff on Friday. Of course the wait time depends if the items are in stock.
As you track your items, be on the lookout for “Customs Status Updated” “Location: Incheon Outskirt of Seoul”. When you see this, that is when you go to step 5.
5) Call DHL Korea
With your tracking number in the email and your passport number in hand, call DHL Korea(+82 032-744-3332). The staff there can speak English enough to understand what I was saying. There, they will ask for your passport number and tracking number to confirm your packages. Or sometimes they may ask for email address and you’ll email them with the same. This has helped especially, when they called me while I was teaching.
6) Wait for the goods.
After taking care of customs, you should receive all of your items in 1-2 days. I’ve had no problems with my items, nothing broken or scratched……with the exception of some chips i ordered, but that was expected. My new laptop came in and worked perfectly. I hope this guide helps anyone living abroad or for those living in Korea.