As a new requirement for sending balikbayan boxes, the sender must fill out three copies of the information sheet, which may be requested from the consolidator, or the foreign-registered freight forwarder. The information sheet may also be downloaded from the BOC website or the websites of the three BOC-accredited value-added service providers—Cargo Data Exchange Corporation, E-Konek Pilipinas, and InterCommerce Network Services, Inc
Air Cargo Advisory
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. Import Duties 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 following items are not allowed in Balikbayan Boxes: (Updated July 15, 2017 based on the guidelines release by dti.gov.ph) Prohibited / Illegal Drugs and other substances Firearms, Ammunitions, Explosives Jewelries Motor Vehicles Motorbikes Stolen goods Flammable items Very Fragile Items Pornographic materials, gambling cards and toy guns Currencies, Checks, Money Orders and Travel Checks […]
According to the Philippine Customs you can send Non-commercial goods or goods not in commercial quantity strictly for personal use only, such as: wearing apparel, clothing, foodstuffs/grocery items/canned goods; the value of which must not exceed US$500.00. (customs.gov.ph…) Here are some of the items that you can send to your love ones: canned goods, cookies, chocolates, […]
I’m sure the word Balikbayan and Balikbayan box are familiar to most if not all Filipinos, but for those unfamiliar with the word, Balikbayan translates to “Homecoming” or “Returning Balikbayan Boxes are packages that contains variety of items, these can be gifts, presents (pasalubong), personal effects, household goods such as kitchen ware, tools, clothes, linens, […]