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.
It’s a question freight forwarders abroad are obviously mulling. According to a highly placed source in the forwarding industry (who asked not to be identified) a meeting has been scheduled in Southern California among freight forwarding companies in North America.
The source hinted the meeting would most likely delve on the new Bureau of Customs tariff ruling, a probable adjustment in rates and how these adjustments would affect the entire cargo industry.