This guide is packed with information on shipping your vehicle to and from South Korea by sea and air freight. And it also explains how to ferry your motorcycle or car from Russia to South Korea.
Shipping your motorcycle out of South Korea
Welcome to the South Korea Shipping and Ferry Guide. The aim of this guide is to provide you with information on shipping your motorcycle, car or overland vehicle in and out of South Korea by air and sea as well as a ferry service from Vladivostok. The guide is also filled with links to more in-depth articles on customs, ferry services and paperwork. If your query isn’t answered here, please feel free to leave us a question in the Mad or Nomad Community Forum.
RUSSIA TO SOUTH KOREA FERRY
How to get the ferry from Vladivostok, Russia to Busan, South Korea
At the moment, there are no companies running public ferries from Russia to South Korea. However, there is a way to ship your vehicle between South Korea and Russia, and that’s using a container and bulk carrier. The catch is that no passengers are allowed, so you will need to take a flight.
The ferry company is called Duwon Shipping and sails two to three times a month between Busan, South Korea and Vladivostok, Russia. Sailings are throughout the year and the crossing takes one day.
It costs roughly $700 to ship a motorcycle from Busan to Vladivostok, including all documentation. Car prices vary dependent on dimensions.
How to book the ferry from Russia to South Korea
Customers cannot book directly with Duwon Shipping. They’re not a ferry company for passengers and work with bulk and containers.
Only freight forwarders can use them and so we recommend Mr Youn’s services. To help book the crossing and sort your paperwork, his fee is around $150-$200. Mr Youn’s company details (Assured Sea and Air South Korea) can be found at the bottom of this page.
The ferry from Vladivostok, Russia to Japan
DBS Ferries used to run between Vladivostok, Japan and South Korea and were the main carrier. Unfortunately, the company has suspended all sailing, making getting from Russia to Japan difficult. The only way to get your vehicle across is to use Mr Youn’s services and ship your vehicle in a container from Vladivostok to Busan. From there you can catch the easy Camellia Line Ferry from South Korea to Japan. Passengers are allowed on this ferry and it’s an easy crossing and process.
- For more information visit the How to Get the Ferry from Japan to South Korea Guide
- For more information on the customs agent in Vladivostok visit the DBS Ferries How to Get the Ferry from Russia to Japan Guide.
Doing it that way, you will have entered Japan by ferry, and so long as you exit by ferry back to South Korea, you can avoid using a Carnet de Passage for Japan and instead enter with a Temporary Import.
- For more information visit the Carnet vs Temporary Import Guide for Japan.
- For more information on paperwork visit Japan Paperwork Guide for Motorcycle Travellers.
Motorcycle paperwork in South Korea
Once you land in South Korea, you will need to take out insurance, get a guarantee (known as a Warranty Fee in South Korea) for your vehicle and a temporary import/export document.
Expect to pay 184,000 Won for one month of motorcycle insurance and 160,000 Won for the guarantee (which lasts the same amount of time as your insurance).
The Japan to South Korea Ferry Guide has tables displaying the cost of Guarantees for both cars and bikes and more detailed information on the paperwork involved.
You will need your passport, vehicle registration document, International Driver’s Permit and driver’s licence.
COVID-19: The current situation in South Korea is that you must self-isolate in a hotel as soon as you arrive. You must also install an application on your phone so the Korean government can monitor your movements.
SHIPPING TO AND FROM SOUTH KOREA
How to ship your vehicle to or from South Korea
Your car or motorcycle can be shipped from South Korea to nearly anywhere in the world by ro-ro, ship container, carrier or by airplane. The most common destinations to and from South Korea are: Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Vancouver, Chile, Argentina and Colombia.
To get a shipping quote, Mr Youn will need the dimensions of your car or bike, the destination, your nationality and when you want to ship. A personal quote can then be issued to you via email. Whether you are shipping in or out, importing or exporting, Mr Youn’s services include helping with customs clearance.
Shipping a motorcycle via sea or air
Consider that port fees can be expensive when shipping by boat, but the initial cost of flying is more expensive.
Remember, when shipping via boat the crate cost is based on volume. When shipping via airplane, the crate cost is based on weight.
Book your shipment in advance and before arriving in South Korea. It will make customs run far more smoothly as you can prove how you will be exiting the country. This is important for customs.
Your agent can only handle the costs involved in South Korea and isn’t responsible for fees at the other end.
- For more information on the differences between air and sea freight and top tips check out The Ultimate International Motorcycle Shipping Guide
Crating your motorcycle in South Korea
The only tricky part is making sure your insurance, guarantee and temporary import are in effect until the crating date. Once your vehicle is crated, it will be taken to a custom bonded warehouse ready to be placed on the ship. Once it’s in the customs bonded warehouse, then it doesn’t matter if your insurance and temporary import expires (within reason of course).
If you are crating up a motorcycle:
- Disconnect the battery
- Drain most of the fuel (I usually leave one litre in the tank)
- Get your bike as small as possible.
In South Korea, the guys at the crating yard will pack your crate up for you. The price is usually included. You roll up, disconnect the battery, take what you want off the bike and then leave them to it. You will need to give them the Yellow sticker you received from customs and the paperwork. Get in touch with your agent to confirm all is well before leaving.
SOUTH KOREA SHIPPING AGENT
Assured Sea and Air with Mr Youn
Assured Sea and Air is a South Korean freight forwarder run by the very helpful Mr Youn. His company handles commercial cargo and help with importing and exporting cargo like motorcycles, cars, trucks and overlander vehicles.
Mr. Youn specialises in helping motorcycle travellers and overlanders transport their vehicles to and from South Korea and has been in this field since 2014.
Email: [email protected]
Note: At the Busan International Ferry Terminal, you can buy a prepaid South Korea SIM card for 60.000 Won for 20 days. This will make getting in touch with Mr Youn easier once you land.
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