History & Recognition

Developed in the year 1974 and currently in its 4th Generation,
UNI-PASS is the solution developed to respond to the digital revolution within the customs and trade sector.
This solution has not only contributed to the economic growth of the Republic of Korea and other nations that have benchmarked it,
but it is the inspirer and the pioneer in its sector. UNI-PASS is a symbol of pride and excellence.

Since the 1960s, Korea experienced dramatic increase in trade volume and international passengers.
With limited resources, the KCS (Korea Customs Service) sought ways to overcome these difficulties through innovative means.
The solution was to re-engineer, optimize and standardize the customs procedures
in order to automate the existing practices and apply state-of-the-art Information technology.
The end result is UNI-PASS, which is continuously evolving even today. 

1974 - 1990

Trade Statistics System

First Customs system introduced in 1974 with the purpose to consolidated nationwide trade statistics

1990 - 2004

Nationwide Networked System

EDI based fully automate electronic customs clearance system gradually launched since 1998

2004 - 2016

Ubiquitous Customs System

Transition to a web-based platform with ubiquitous capabilities and launch of the Single Window system

2016 - Present

Smart Customs System

Smart business-aligned service that enables active cross-border information exchange and international cooperation

Awards & Acknowledgment

International Awards

WCO Innovation Award

Awarded to Ecuador’s e-Customs system ECUAPAS

WCO IT forum (2013, Argentina)

Asian MAKE Award

World Knowledge Forum

Airport Service Quality Awards

Airports Council International

BSC Hall of Fame Award

Awarded to KCS

WCO IT forum (2013, Argentina)

E-Asia Award


Intellectual Property Rights Award




WCO News Issue No.79

UNI-PASS is introduced as Korea’s Customs modernization tool and it was also mentioned that it has been established in over 10 countries so as to share the experience and know-how of Korea Customs Service.

WCO Customs Risk Management Compendium Volume 1

Published the Integrated Risk Management System of UNI-PASS as a best practice.

WCO News 2011

Published an article about the cargo management system of UNI-PASS resulting in 2.7 billion USD in economic effect.

WCO Technology Network

UNI-PASS is introduced as one of the customs clearance systems which provides a total customs administration solution and is customizable to fit any environment.


WTO Trade Policy Review

It was introduced that the UNI-PASS e-clearance scheme, the world’s first 100% electronic clearance portal system has been exported to several countries.

Doha Development Agenda

The WTO Doha Development Agenda reflected practices of UNI-PASS’ Single Window of Korea into the agreement on December 7, 2013.

World Bank

Reform by Numbers

Published the “Measuring the Effects of the Republic of Korea’s Single Window System” as Best Practice.

Doing Business

Introduced UNI-PASS as a 100% electronic clearance system reducing the processing time for exports from 11 days to 8 days and imports from 10 days to 8 days.

Doing Business(Trading Across Boarders)

Ranked No. 1 in trading across borders among largest nations for 3years(3rd place overall)

Tanzania Revenue Authority

Self-evaluation after implementation of the e-Customs System (TANCIS)

Increased user friendliness due to revenue increase and reduced clearance time, since the implementation of the system in December 2013.

World Economic Forum

Davos Forum(Enabling Trade : Enabling Smart Borders)

Categorized KCS UNI-PASS and the Single Window System as phase 3 of WEF’s Enabling Smart Borders.

Inter-American Development Bank

Virtual Courses on Integration and Trade

Introduced strong point of KCS Single Window as an integrated platform that connects clearance-related agencies and organizations(10th Edition IDB Open Online course)


Best agency for anti-corruption policy

Airports Council International

Excellent agency for integrity

WCO IT forum in Argentina

Commendation for contribution to the nation’s anti-corruption

President of Korea

Commendation for contributions to innovation in national logistics service and improvement of administrative productivity through UNI-PASS

President of Korea

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