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Monday, September 19, 2016

VIDEO:NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES-BUREAU OF CUSTOMS


NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES-BUREAU OF CUSTOMS
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The Bureau of Customs earlier informed the public to bear with them in implementing strict inspections of the balikbayan boxes due to some cases that the balikbayan box is used to smuggle firearms and drugs by some consignees.
However,the Bureau of Customs has issued a statement that the balikbayan boxes will not be subjected to physical inspection or will not be opened unless it will appear to the x-ray and K-9 inspections that the box is containing suspicious items like drugs and firearms.
As the Christmas season approaches,the number of the balikbayan boxes from the Filipinos working abroad or immigrants based overseas is expected to rise.According to BOC,1,500 containers arrive in the country every month with 600,000 balikbayan boxes in it.The number bloats to double during Christmas season.Every year ,the consignees encounter the very same problem of pilferage and and delayed deliveries,including some cases of lost packages.The DTI adviced the public to send your cargos to accredited cargo forwarders only and to send it two to three months earlier if you want your packages to be delivered just in time for the holidays.
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For complaints and inquiries,the DTI has provided the following contact details for the consignees:

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In related news,the Bureau of Customs will release new rules regarding balikbayan boxes this coming December.

Under the new rules,those who stayed overseas for  6 months but less than 5 years can bring a balikbayan box with assorted products  with a total value of not more than P150,000 will be exempted in paying taxes.If the stay is 5 years but not more than 10 years,you cab bring a tax-exempted balikbayan box with value of not more than P250,000.If the stay is more than 10 years abroad,you can bring a balikbayan box a value of not more than P350,000 tax exempted.
For OFWs you can bring P150,000 worth of balikbayan box without paying duties and taxes.There is tax exemptions as well for tourist for every P150,000 worth of balikbayan box but limited only for 3 times within a year.
Tax exemptions are applied provided that there will not be any items in commercial quantities inside the balikbayan box,according to BOC.
Assistant BOC Commissioner Atty. Althea Acas appeal to the public not to abuse the privileges of  the balikbayan box."Nananawagan ho tayo sa mga negosyante natin at kababayan na huwag ho sanang abusuhin ang balikbayan boxes," Acas said.
From October,carry-on baggages not more than P10,000 in value will be exempted of taxes which includes items that has been bought on sale abroad."Yung sale price ho kasi ang tinatawag po dyan ay transaction value,magkano ho  ba yan nabili?",Acas added.
The new rules only awaits the signatures of BOC Commissioner Rafael Faeldon and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez before it can be fully implemented on December.
-source:ABS-CBN News

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Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destination for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.


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