Customs implements stricter balikbayan box policies
The Bureau of Customs is now starting its stricter checking of balikbayan boxes as they come in the country.
In a news report by GMA News’ 24 Oras, the BOC will charge additional for balikbayan boxes with taxable materials. Only PhP23,000 worth of taxable materials is allowed for one Balikbayan box.
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Allowable items in the balikbayan box are non-commercial goods (strictly for personal use), such as wearing apparel, clothing, foodstuffs/grocery items/canned goods. The total value of these items must not exceed US$500 (PhP23,000).
One consignor or sender is allowed to send one balikbayan box during a six-month period.
If a consignor or a sender fails to pay the taxes, the BOC will hold the balikbayan box and the items in favor of the government.