This is something that OFWs should be really worried about. This does not only concern Balikbayan Box, this is worse than Balikbayan Box. They will open our checked-in baggages upon our arrival at the airport because the things we bought abroad -and that is taxable. This is really crazy. The example that she mentioned, which is "1 piece of imported bag", (note that she did not say branded but imported) will be taxed upon arrival in Philippines. Of course all bags bought from foreign countries are imported. Should they not consider that OFWs usually bring stuffs for personal use and gifts for families and relatives only, very rarely would it be for business. And if they ever re-sell some of the things that they brought home, I doubt they could make big profit out of it. Now they would also impose tax on those? We're not talking of VAT only, this is "duty tax+vat". Upon arrival, the first thing an OFW has to do is pay the tax of those taxable stuffs found in his luggage.
On another news, this Balikbayan Box was already opened when the owner received it, with most of the items rotten and in unusable condition.