|•Backgrounds: The customs office imposed a fine of 50,000 to 200,000 won on express cargo companies when their cargo, which had been initially reported for list clearance, had to undergo regular customs due to false information declaration.
※When express cargo companies reported the import of express goods valued at less than US$ 100, they would receive “list clearance” by providing minimum cargo information – details from commercial invoices given to them by their customers, the exporters. List clearance would not be granted if false information were declared, in which case cargo would have to go through a regular customs process.
•Main Issue: On November 4, 2010, foreign express cargo firms including Company F raised their common grievance that it was unfair to fine the companies that simply transported the goods despite the fact that the exporters, the commercial invoice providers, were actually responsible for information accuracy.
•Request: Even though these express cargo companies tried hard to have the exporters write correct information on commercial invoice, they couldn't fulfil all the requests of KCS because they were doing business with more than 220 countries in the world. Therefore system improvement was needed to ease the too strict rules for levying fines for negligence.