When you have a friend, loved one or relative in Korea, you may want to send that person a gift for a special occasion. If your gift of choice is a box of chocolates, you'll need to do some advance planning before mailing. It's important to ensure that the chocolates do not melt or become damaged during shipping and that they arrive in their original condition. While sending chocolates to Korea requires some effort, it is by no means impossible.
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Things you need
- Insulated container
- Cooling gel packs
- Packing tape
- Address labels
- Plastic baggies
- Customs form
Purchase the chocolates of your choice. Some well-known brands that may impress the recipient include Godiva, Ghirardelli, Lindt, Ferrero Roche and Thorntons. Choose brands that are not readily available in Korea, if possible. The recipient will consider them a special treat.
Choose an insulated package to reduce the chance of heat reaching your chocolates. Polystyrene and polyurethane are two options suggested by FedEx. Temperatures in Korea during the summer are high enough to potentially melt chocolate so it's prudent to package your gift carefully.
Seal your box of chocolates in a double layer of plastic bags and seal it up. Place cooling gel packs in the bottom of the container. Place your chocolates on top of them. Place additional cooling gel packs on top of the chocolates. Fill any cracks or spaces with packing material to keep the chocolates from moving around inside the boxes.
Seal the package securely with packing tape. Place clearly written address and return address mailing labels on the package. Include Korea in the recipient's address. Don't assume your shipper or the U.S. Post Office will automatically know which country your shipment is going to from the street address and postcode.
Choose the quickest shipping method in your budget. The less time the chocolates spend sitting, the less likely they'll melt. Obtain a customs form to attach to your package and declare the contents of the package to decrease the chance of it being opened before it reaches its destination. Pay for your shipping method and submit the package for shipping.
Tips and warnings
- Ship chocolates to Korea during the cooler months of October through May, if possible. Avoid shipping during June through September when temperatures and humidity are higher.
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