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Monday, November 19, 2018

Customs Will Be Taking It Easy On Checking The OFW Balikbayan Boxes

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) send balikbayan boxes to their family back home, especially during the holiday season. It is a way of letting their family know that although they may not be physically present, they can still be felt through the thing everyone got to enjoy the holiday. They choose the cargo company carefully to make sure that it is safe. The most important thing is that they know that the hard-earned package they sent arrived in time and complete without any damage or pilferage from the courier or the Bureau Of Customs checking. OFWs opposed the open-box checking of the balikbayan boxes last year. Today, non-contact checking of the balikbayan boxes are in effect unless they found something highly suspicious during x-ray and K-9 checking.
Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) send balikbayan boxes to their family back home, especially during the holiday season. It is a way of letting their family know that although they may not be physically present, they can still be felt through the thing everyone got to enjoy the holiday. They choose the cargo company carefully to make sure that it is safe. The most important thing is that they know that the hard-earned package they sent arrived in time and complete without any damage or pilferage from the courier or the Bureau Of Customs checking. OFWs opposed the open-box checking of the balikbayan boxes last year. Today, non-contact checking of the balikbayan boxes are in effect unless they found something highly suspicious during x-ray and K-9 checking.      Ads  Sponsored Links  In the middle part of last year, BOC released a memorandum order requiring a detailed list of the balikbayan box contents and presenting an OEC or passport as a proof that the sender is a legitimate OFW.    Furthermore, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on said that it has eased the guidelines in availing of the duty and tax-free privilege of consolidated balikbayan boxes. This is due after the previous rules were criticized by the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) community for the tedious requirements in accessing the P150,000 duty and tax-exemption privilege.  Customs Memorandum Order 18-2018, issued on October 11, provides for the guidelines on the availment by consolidated shipment of balikbayan boxes. The issuance supersedes CMO 04-2017.  According to the BOC, instead of the mandatory copy of a Philippine passport, it will now accept other documents to show proof of Filipino citizenship, such as photocopy of pertinent page of the Philippine passport; or in case of a dual Filipino citizen without a Philippine passport, a photocopy of foreign passport plus a copy of proof of dual Filipino citizenship; permanent resident ID; Overseas Employment Certificate or their Overseas Workers Welfare Administration work permit; Unified Government ID; and any other equivalent document except birth certificate.  In a bid to simplify the rules and regulations on duty-and tax-free consolidated balikbayan boxes, Qualified Filipinos availing of the P150,000 duty and tax-free privilege are not required to submit the commercial invoices of the goods contained in the balikbayan box.   Aside from proof of citizenship, the regulation requires qualified Filipinos, through their freight forwarders or de-consolidators, to submit the Information Sheet in three copies. The first copy is to be placed at the topmost portion of the box, the second copy to be kept by the sender, and the third copy is to be given to the Consolidator to be forwarded to the BOC together with other documentary requirements.  Balikbayan box senders are advised that the balikbayan box must only contain personal and household effects, according to the BOC.  Balikbayan boxes may be sent up to three times in a calendar year provided the total Free Carrier Act value per sender shall not exceed P150,000 and the items or goods sent are not in commercial quantities.  The bureau added that de-consolidators and freight forwarders in charge of clearing consolidated balikbayan boxes are obligated to ensure that only personal effects and household goods are sent through consolidated shipments of balikbayan boxes.  The penalties and sanctions to be imposed against erring de-consolidators and freight forwarders are provided under Customs Administrative Order 1-2018.  Filed under the category of Overseas Filipino workers,  balikbayan boxes, holiday season, cargo company, pilferage, Bureau Of Customs, non-contact checking  Ads

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In the middle part of last year, BOC released a memorandum order requiring a detailed list of the balikbayan box contents and presenting an OEC or passport as a proof that the sender is a legitimate OFW.

Furthermore, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on said that it has eased the guidelines in availing of the duty and tax-free privilege of consolidated balikbayan boxes. This is due after the previous rules were criticized by the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) community for the tedious requirements in accessing the P150,000 duty and tax-exemption privilege.

Customs Memorandum Order 18-2018, issued on October 11, provides for the guidelines on the availment by consolidated shipment of balikbayan boxes. The issuance
supersedes CMO 04-2017.

According to the BOC, instead of the mandatory copy of a Philippine passport, it will now accept other documents to show proof of Filipino citizenship, such as photocopy of pertinent page of the Philippine passport; or in case of a dual Filipino citizen without a Philippine passport, a photocopy of foreign passport plus a copy of proof of dual Filipino citizenship; permanent resident ID; Overseas Employment Certificate or their Overseas Workers Welfare Administration work permit; Unified Government ID; and any other equivalent document except birth certificate.

In a bid to simplify the rules and regulations on duty-and tax-free consolidated balikbayan boxes, Qualified Filipinos availing of the P150,000 duty and tax-free privilege are not required to submit the commercial invoices of the goods contained in the balikbayan box.


Aside from proof of citizenship, the regulation requires qualified Filipinos, through their freight forwarders or de-consolidators, to submit the Information Sheet in three copies. The first copy is to be placed at the topmost portion of the box, the second copy to be kept by the sender, and the third copy is to be given to the Consolidator to be forwarded to the BOC together with other documentary requirements.

Balikbayan box senders are advised that the balikbayan box must only contain personal and household effects, according to the BOC.

Balikbayan boxes may be sent up to three times in a calendar year provided the total Free Carrier Act value per sender shall not exceed P150,000 and the items or goods sent are not in commercial quantities.

The bureau added that de-consolidators and freight forwarders in charge of clearing consolidated balikbayan boxes are obligated to ensure that only personal effects and household goods are sent through consolidated shipments of balikbayan boxes.

The penalties and sanctions to be imposed against erring de-consolidators and freight forwarders are provided under Customs Administrative Order 1-2018.

Filed under the category of Overseas Filipino workers,  balikbayan boxes, holiday season, cargo company, pilferage, Bureau Of Customs, non-contact checking
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