Papers of Maritime Customs
- Nationality Republic of Korea
- Quantity 6
- Era 1891, 1893 and such
- Exhibition Place -
- Material paper
- Size(cm) 36.5×32.0
Maritime Customs (Haegwan) was an administrative institution that handled customs matters associated with import/export goods,
just like a present-day customs house (Segwan).
Since trade tariffs potect domestic industries and become part of a nation’s source of income,
they are critical when it comes to trade relations with other countries.
Following the signing of the Korea-Japan Treaty of 1876 (Ganghwado Joyak), Joseon maintained a tariff-free system for import/export trade with Japan.
To ameliorate this unequal treaty, subsequent tariff negotiation were carried out with Japan.
As a result, Incheon Maritime Customs Office was established on June 16, 1883,
followed by customs offices iWonsan in October 1883 and in Busan Customs n November 1883, each conducting their own affairs.
This document shows import/export items, tariffs, and the names of vessels at the Wonsan Customs Office at the time.