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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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According to another report, BOC planned to double the taxes for consolidated cargo and shipments. This will greatly affect the OFWs’ balikbayan boxes, which are usually consolidated to save on money and tax.

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.


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