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Balikbayan Boxes New Rules Aug 1, 2017

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Wonder how they will enforce this one;

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Starting August 1, only relatives of the sender can receive balikbayan boxes sent from overseas, GMA News' JP Soriano reported on 24 Oras on Thursday, citing a memorandum from the Bureau of Customs.

Customs Memorandum Order 04-2017 also states that a balikbayan box should include an itemized list of its contents as well as receipts for items that are newly purchased.

However, these new regulations do not sit well with forwarding companies, saying they make sending packages burdensome to Filipinos abroad.

"Kung ang reglamentos ng Customs ay ayon sa batas na nakalagay ngayon, ito ay magpapabigat sa ating mga kababayan," said lawyer James Ian Dela Vega, counsel for Door To Door Consolidators Association of the Philippines (DDCAP).

"Kung pinadala niya po ito sa kanyang kaibigan, sa kanyang girlfriend o sa kanyang nobya, hindi po siyang maaring magkaroon ng availment doon sa insentibong o pribileyong ibinibigay ng batas," he also said.

Under CMO 04-2017, senders must also prove that they are Filipino by giving a xeroxed copy of their passports to the forwarding company, and must be amenable to possible inspection of their boxes.

"Kung sakaling mali, hindi kumpleto, walang resibo, maaring patawan siya ng Bureau of Customs ng kaukulang duties and taxes para sa pinadala niyang mga personal na bagay na walang tamang suportang tamang dokumento o papel," Dela Vega said.

But according to Athena Dans, chief of Manila International Container Port's Informal Entry Division, all the provisions under CMO 04-2017 are basic and similar to what is being practiced in other countries.

"That's a declaration. You are declaring what's inside the box. Basic naman yan sa customs all over the world. You have to declare what you are importing," Dans said.

She said such measure will help curb smuggling. "Kami sa Bureau of Customs, we have to protect government revenues, sila naman kasi negosyo yung sa kanila."

Dans assured OFWs that they have nothing to worry about if they would just follow the regulations in sending balikbayan boxes. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

 

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/pinoyabroad/618840/new-boc-rules-state-only-sender-s-kin-can-receive-balikbayan-boxes/story/

 

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RogerDat

Good way to kill an industry.

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A_Simple_Man

I'm only surprised they did not try to tighten this loophole earlier.

As usual, "hard to enforce" laws will only be followed by the honest people who were doing the right thing anyway.  Smugglers and people trying to beat the system always find a way.

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Paul

110,000,000 Filipinos. 70,000,000 are direct relatives.

Where's the problem?

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SkyMan
29 minutes ago, Paul said:

110,000,000 Filipinos. 70,000,000 are direct relatives.

Where's the problem?

Cousins all.

The wife mentioned the inventory had to be with the receipt on the outside.  This will greatly speed up the shipment process as the thieves won't have to open a bunch of boxes of junk to find the good stuff.  

Hope my box gets here soon.

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Richard K

How will this effect single expats?
I had to provide an inventory of contents with the ones I sent over here... it was all "religious" materials..and similar innocuous stuff.. ;)

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Paul
4 minutes ago, Richard K said:

How will this effect single expats?
I had to provide an inventory of contents with the ones I sent over here... it was all "religious" materials..and similar innocuous stuff.. ;)

You mean, stuff to make your g/f scream, "Oh God?" That kinda stuff?

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rfm010

Earlier this year the gov was talking about having senders provide paperwork showing that they are a bonafide ofw.  Sounds like that idea has been shot down.  I dont like the idea of posting contents on the outside but i dont mind declaring contents. Will have my wife give me a photocopy of her passport, and ship it to our daughter so all should be good.  

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Salty Dog
4 hours ago, shadow said:

...such measure will help curb smuggling. "Kami sa Bureau of Customs, we have to protect government revenues, sila naman kasi negosyo yung sa kanila."...

 

Because we all know that smugglers will post a true declaration...

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Mikala
56 minutes ago, Salty Dog said:

Because we all know that smugglers will post a true declaration...

I used to detail the contents of balikbayan boxes. Took a long while before I learned to just write "household goods" and send it on its way! :D

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Headshot
3 hours ago, Richard K said:

How will this effect single expats?

The BB privileges are meant for Filipinos returning to the Philippines. They are not intended for use by single foreigners living here (or sending stuff to a GF).

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Richard K
2 hours ago, Headshot said:

The BB privileges are meant for Filipinos returning to the Philippines. They are not intended for use by single foreigners living here (or sending stuff to a GF).

hmmm.. that is going to put some Filipino's out of business in the states.. the guy I shipped LBC from in Albany NY told me 90% of his business was not Filipino but Americans (like me) shipping to either move or to g/f,wife. He also said he got alot of business from guys coming back for a visit and sending to themselves back in the PI...

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Published July 21, 2017 3:31pm

Manual inspection of balikbayan boxes will still not be allowed under the impending memorandum order of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said Friday, allaying fears of OFWs.

"Hindi po binubulatlat ang balikbayan box. Pagdating po niyan dito, sa X-ray lang 'yan dadaan. Pag walang nakitang kontrabando, drugs o kung anuman, walang bubuksan," Faeldon said in an interview on radio DZBB.

He added: "Iho-hold lang 'yung box mo kung nakakita na tayo ng baril o drugs. Yun lang ang hino-hold."

The BOC's no-touch policy on balikbayan boxes was reaffirmed to allay fears of OFWs following the scheduled implementation of Customs Memorandum Order 04-2017 on August 1. The order states that balikbayan boxes will be inspected for suspicious items.

Faeldon said balikbayan boxes will still undergo X-ray scanning and will only be opened in case suspicious items are detected after scanning.

Faeldon said CMO 04-2017 merely provided guidelines to implement laws passed by Congress to curb smuggling and that the BOC has no power to pass laws by itself.

"Hindi ko po yun batas. Ito po ay CMTA, Customs Modernization and Tarrif Act. Batas po yan na ginawa ng ating kongreso na napakagandang batas po nito," Faeldon said.

"Itong bagong Customs Memorandum Order ay patungkol po ito sa local consolidators to guide them kung paano nila gagawin," he added. "Titingnan mo yung wisdom ng batas, ito yung gustong mangyari nun. Para matiyak natin na itong mga balikbayan boxes ay hindi magagamit para abusuhin."

The customs commissioner also reprimanded some freight forwarders claiming the new memorandum order will add 15 to 20 days to the delivery time of balikbayan boxes.

"Be more responsible in disseminating information that affects our countrymen," he told them. —Rie Takumi/KBK/KVD, GMA News

 

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Dafey
2 hours ago, Headshot said:

The BB privileges are meant for Filipinos

That's true but I believe this is specifically about Balikbayan boxes.

So...being married to a Filipino she is my relative...along with her entire family.

Contents:

Can opener and 2 cans of spam

 

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Salty Dog

We haven't sent one in the nearly three years we've been in the US.

We've found it so much easier to send money so her family can buy things they want and need.

It's usually used to buy children's clothing and school items.

I'll send an extra P1,000  just for her sister and she is tickled to death. You would think I had given her $1,000.

However, it seems everyone here is always giving my wife clothes. She's acquired enough extra clothes to fill a BB box, so it looks like we will be sending one in the near future.

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