About Us

Kovid Shop is the leading  distributor of Korean-made COVID-19 medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE). We are registered with the FDA as an importer and distributor, and all the products we import are FDA listed. View our Certificate of Registration.

Leadership

Aaron Poynton

Aaron Sean Poynton

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron is a business executive, entrepreneur, and consultant. He’s a former U.S. Army officer with expertise in biological preparedness and response. After military service, he worked in the life sciences manufacturing & PPE distribution markets. Aaron has an MBA from Duke and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s AMP program.

Ji Hoon (Jay) Kweon

Chief Financial Officer

Jay is a Korean financial executive and investment banker with decades of experience in New York and Seoul. He’s the former Director of Foreign Direct Investment of Busan, Korea’s second-largest city. He holds an MS in Economics from Iowa State University.

Joon Young (John) Kim

Chief Commercial Officer

John is a seasoned Korean business executive with a proven track record in the delivery of high-quality, large- scale projects and various cross border M&A transactions, including medical and life sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, Claremont Graduate School.

Geoff Abadee

SVP Operations and Logistics

Geoff has 40 years experience as a leader in international logistics for multiple industries. He has worked for commercial airlines, operated a charter cargo airline, and owned a successful freight forwarding company. Geoff has been running logistics for DOD, FEMA, and HHS since the start of the pandemic.

Brian Schott

Senior Advisor—Medical and Regulatory

Brian has over 20 years of experience providing strategic accreditation, clinical and regulatory guidance for some of the nation’s best hospitals. He currently serves as the PPE commander in the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Unified Command Center. He is a graduate of JHU Schools of Medicine and Business.

Joseph LeBaron

Senior Advisor—International

Ambassador Joseph LeBaron has over 40 years of experience in international business. While serving as Ambassador to Mauritania and later Qatar, he regularly aided in commercial and government preparedness and response to medical crises and epidemics.  After government service, he consulted in the life sciences and medical industries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Complete the order form and a sales representative will provide a custom quote.  Quantity discounts are available.

We accept all forms of payment, including major credit cards.

Where indicated, the products we sell are cleared or authorized by the FDA for sale in the U.S. Additionally, Kovid Shop is registered with the FDA as an importer and distributor, and all the products we import are FDA listed (FDA#10078699 ). Some products are not regulated by the FDA but by other agencies, such as EPA, NIOSH or EU.

Absolutely. Just let us know what you’re interested in seeing and we’ll provide copies by email.

Yes they are. TAA refers to the Trade Agreements Act. Under 19 USC 2501 Trade Agreements Act government agencies may only purchase US-made or designated country end products or US or designated country services. South Korea is a “designated country” due to the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

BAA refers to the Buy American Act. Essentially, the act protect U.S. businesses by restricting federal acquisition and use of products that are not “domestic.” However, BAA is waived pursuant to the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement so our products are treated the same as “domestic.”

Nope. We take care of all shipping, import, customs clearance, FDA release, import security filing, and last mile shipping. We provide turnkey, door-to-door logistics.

We currently run two flights a week into the US. One from Seoul into LAX and one into JFK. However, we can fly into any major U.S. airport. From there, we can offer “hotshot” shipping directly to your location or can ship by a commercial ground carrier. We ship internationally as needed CIF. In stock items ship via Fedex overnight or 2 day.

Yes, since we’re a bulk distributor to enterprise customers, we do have minimum orders for each product, which vary by product. We currently do not sell to individual consumers. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

In stock items ship by Fedex overnight or 2 day. Orders not in stock arrive about two weeks after they’re placed.

The top reasons—high quality and availability.

Quality: Korea is an innovator and produces high-quality products. They have strict quality control and strong regulatory oversight. Korea manufacturers must follow Korean Good Manufacturing Practice (KGMP) standards, which are similar to international standards for quality management systems (ISO 13485) and have oversight from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). Unlike some countries, such as China where the FDA has recently removed dozens of products, Korean suppliers are in excellent standing with the FDA and respected by medical professionals.

Availability: COVID-19 put the global supply chain in shock, and it’s only worsening. Most medical consumables and nearly all PPE are made outside of the U.S. About 50 of these medical-equipment-producing countries have embargoed or restricted exports to deal with the COVID crisis within their own borders. However, South Korea managed to contain the virus quickly, which means they have excess supply for export. We have worked with our Korean suppliers to dedicate a substantial portion of their production capacity to the U.S. market to fill the gap.

Yes. We distribute our products globally. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

For Korea!