SAN MATEO, California – While the proposed inspection of balikbayan boxes entering the Philippines has been shelved as a result of global protests from OFWs, increased tariff charges on cargo container shipments have stirred less controversy.
While the Philippine Bureau of Customs clarified that individual balikbayan boxes won’t be taxed, it’s not clear if increased levies on the cargo containers they are shipped in will remain.
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday stopped the embattled Bureau of Customs (BOC) from conducting random physical inspections of balikbayan boxes.
Aquino made the orders following his meeting this afternoon with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Customs Commissioner Albert Lina, the BOC said in a statement sent to Palace reporters on Monday evening.Continue reading
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Monday the Bureau of Customs should be “circumspect” in its announced plans to subject overseas Filipino workers’ “balikbayan” boxes to more intensive inspection than before.Continue reading