|• Backgrounds: According to the Notification on Items to be Verified by the Head of a Customhouse and Methods for Verifying them under the Article 226 of the Customs Act, amended on December 26, 2011, fabric softeners for babies under 36 months old, which had been subject to Korea Product Safety (self-safety verification), are now included in items that should be verified by the head of a customhouse. Accordingly, products that already received Korea Certification (KC) or Korea Product Safety (KPS) are required to present verification of the head of a customhouse and product manuals.
• Main Issue: The notification was supposed to be applied to industrial products imported and reported from April 1, 2012. Because there was no guidance of the government about specific procedures, however, it was difficult for foreign-invested companies to prepare for the new system.
• Requests: Many foreign-invested firms trading in clothes wanted to hear official explanations of relevant organizations through meetings, etc. about procedures to get verification of the head of a customhouse.