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Balikbayan Boxes New Rules Aug 1, 2017

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"Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer have to submit a proof of purchase for items inside balikbayan boxes sent to the Philippines, as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said it suspended such guidelines for the meantime.

In a statement, the BOC said it suspended both Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 and Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 04-2017 until March 31, 2018.

"The BOC has temporarily suspended the guidelines in the implementation of the duty and tax-free privilege of consolidated balikbayan boxes, following the upsurge of criticisms among overseas Filipino workers," it said.

Under both CAO 05-2016 and CMO 04-2017, Filipino citizens who send balikbayan boxes to the Philippines are required to submit a photocopy of their Philippine passport to avail of the government's tax exemption.

They are also required to provide a copy of the invoice, receipt, or proof of payments of the goods contained in the balikbayan box.

Previously, such requirements were not needed for OFWs to qualify for the tax exemption, as long as shipments did not exceed a value of P150,000.

"Although it is our duty to facilitate customs clearance of balikbayan boxes, we cannot set aside the sentiments of our fellow Filipinos abroad," Customs Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña said.

"With the suspension of the current procedure on balikbayan box, the previous regulation will be enforced," he added. —Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/KBK, GMA News"

 

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I figured i was only a matter of time before the OFW's screamed, and the new orders got jerked. Good deal. Everything is back to normal.

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"Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer have to submit a proof of purchase for items inside balikbayan boxes sent to the Philippines, as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said it suspended such guidelines for the meantime.

Dammit!  You beat me to it!!!

This is from Forex Australia:

We are pleased to inform you that the implementation of BOC CAO 05-2016 is currently on hold until March 31, 2018. We are now accepting your Forex Balikbayan Boxes without the initial prescribed BOC limits and restrictions until further notice. This means, we go back to the easier process you have been used to. This means the following is no longer required during this time: Copy of ID's no longer required Value of each items no longer required A copy of the form attached onto the box For more info please call us at 0287770000 or 1300136739 email us at [email protected]forexworld.com.au. So send your Balikbayan Boxes to the Philippines today! Keep in mind we are running our Christmas Promo, for every box you send you'll receive a free mug! The more you send, the more you get. Send Love to the Philippines this holiday season.

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Oh dear- yet another ill thought out scheme to increase revenues goes down the toilet. You would think legislators in the Philippines got paid for every  thing they proposed- no matter how bizarre

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Yehay. I've got a friend setting up a box for me.  Come on!  Baby Yami needs a new pair of rubbers.

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