MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is set to file a proposed Balikbayan Box Law, which seeks to raise the tax-exempt value of the contents of a balikbayan box to $2,000.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
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has appealed to the private sector to pull out as many of their containers as they can from the Port of Manila in view of two major events that would interrupt port operations this month.Continue reading
MANILA – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said congestion at the Ports of Manila is expected to worsen with the arrival of Pope Francis on January 15.
PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana said that after the nine-day Christmas holiday break, yard utilization at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and Manila South Harbor of Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) increased to 89 percent from 79 percent on December 24.
Sta. Ana said that based on estimates by the Port Congestion-Multisectoral Working Group (PC-MWG), yard utilization will climb by 3 percent a day during the 5-day Papal visit from January 15 to 19.
Asof 4pm Sept 25, 2014 , Cebu boxes is 80% delivered… 29 days lang since ma load/dispatched from LAX..parang MManila ang bilis… Read more…
Yay! The eagle has landed (so to speak)!!!
The first Cebu shipment of the West Coast arrived on September 19, 2014 as scheduled. No delays! It was released from Customs after two days on September 23.
Erwin and company are in Cebu seeing to the unloading of the container and the dispatch to other destinations in VisMin. Boxes bound for Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Tacloban, CDO will be shipped via a 10‐footer immediately after unloading. Other destinations like Zamboanga and Surigao will be shipped via loose cargo. It goes without saying that Cebu and Bohol boxes will be delivered after a day or two. Metro Manila and Luzon boxes will be shipped the following day.
For updated information, please call your local Forex Cargo office.:
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Please be advised that Forex Cargo Phils., Inc. and Forex, U.S.A. are not affiliated with any door-to-door company operating in the Middle East.
All goods coming into the Philippines are subject to the assessment of import duties, taxes and a value-added tax based upon an article’s fair market value, freight cost and insurance.
The rate of import duty varies depending on the commodity, ranging from 3% and up. The schedule of rates is listed under Section 104, Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP), as amended.
Advance Payment of Duties, Taxes and VAT
In order to clear a shipment from Philippine Customs, it will be necessary for Forex to advance the payment of duties, taxes and VAT on behalf of the shipper and/or recipient.
The Shipper and/or Recipient is ultimately liable for any duties and taxes assessed on a shipment. Duties, taxes and VAT shall be billed automatically to the Shipper and/or Recipient. Shipments will be held securely at the Forex warehouse until payment of the duties, taxes and VAT is received. After payment is received, the packages will be delivered without delay.
GOODS WITH PROHIBITIONS, CONTROLS, AND RESTRICTIONS
These are commodities which are not allowed for importation under existing laws:
Dynamite, gunpowder, ammunition and other explosives, fire-arms and weapons of war, and parts thereof, except when authorized by law;
Written or printed articles in any form containing any matter advocating or inciting treason, or rebellion, insurrection, sedition or subversion against the government of the Philippines, or forcible resistance to any law of the Philippines;
Written or printed articles, negatives or cinematographic film, photographs, engravings, lithographs, objects, paintings, drawings or other representation of an obscene or immoral character;
Articles, instruments, drugs, substances designed, intended or adapted for producing unlawful abortion, or any printed matter which advertises or describes or gives directly or indirectly information regarding where, how or by whom unlawful abortion is produced;
Roulette wheels, gambling outfits, loaded dice, marked cards, machines, apparatus or mechanical devices used in gambling;
Lottery and sweepstakes tickets except those authorized by the Philippines government, advertisement thereof, and lists of drawings therein;
Any article manufactured in whole or in part of gold, silver or other precious metals or alloys thereof;
Any adulterated or misbranded articles of food or drug;
Marijuana, opium or any other narcotics or synthetic drugs;
Opium pipes and parts thereof, of whatever material; and
All other articles or part thereof, the importation of which is prohibited by law or rules and regulation issued by competent authority (as amended by Presidential Decree no. 34).
Other prohibited importations:
Onions, potatoes, garlic and cabbages, except for seeding purposes; Republic Act (RA) no. 296
Coffee (RA no. 2712)
Used clothing and rags (RA no. 4653)
Toy guns, toy firearms and explosives (Letter of Instruction no. 1264)