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Can anyone help out with a problem with customs and the pier authority? :as-if:

I received a small shipment of personal effects from the U.S., (paid for shipping there), 2 small pallets, and filled out a "Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles" before shipping.

Now the pier is charging me 40,000 pesos for taxes on the effects, and 9,000 for terminal fees!!!

I was told if I don't have the full 40,000 pesos to pay then I may possibly pay under the table for the customs!!!! Also told I wold have to obtain a broker to pick my stuff up. I was informed that I shouldn't have to pay taxes on personal property that I used in the U.S. and shipped here to use for my personal use...

The stuff I shipped is family pictures and picture albums, VHS movies, a computer, moniter, printer, and alot of software and programs for the computer, some small kitchen appliances, clothes, CD music, cassette music, etc..

I'd appreciate any help anyone could give on how or what I should do to get around this.

Thanks!

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Can anyone help out with a problem with customs and the pier authority? :as-if:

I received a small shipment of personal effects from the U.S., (paid for shipping there), 2 small pallets, and filled out a "Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles" before shipping.

Now the pier is charging me 40,000 pesos for taxes on the effects, and 9,000 for terminal fees!!!

I was told if I don't have the full 40,000 pesos to pay then I may possibly pay under the table for the customs!!!! Also told I wold have to obtain a broker to pick my stuff up. I was informed that I shouldn't have to pay taxes on personal property that I used in the U.S. and shipped here to use for my personal use...

The stuff I shipped is family pictures and picture albums, VHS movies, a computer, moniter, printer, and alot of software and programs for the computer, some small kitchen appliances, clothes, CD music, cassette music, etc..

I'd appreciate any help anyone could give on how or what I should do to get around this.

Thanks!

 

I'm afraid that the only way your stuffs be released is if you pay up the fee or pay under the table. Sad to say but you're Mr. Moneybags to these guys at the custom. :as-if:

 

Why did you send your stuffs that way? You should have sent your stuffs through a company that ships balikbayan boxes here in the Philippines. My boss' sideline before was helping out her friend in her business and this friend of hers is into shipping balikbayan boxes here in the Philippines. I've delivered some stuffs and no need to haggle or face with the customs. Boxes are delivered to it's destination and that's it. It's more like door-to-door service really. Less hassle for you, you just wait for your stuffs to be delivered.

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Bet_Busta

http://www.philpost.com/1299pages/forexworld1299.html

 

Attach is an article about a Filipino Cargo company which has branches in many parts of the U.S..

They're good at balikbayan boxes ( approx. 20 x 20 x 20 inches box). I think the rate is $100 per box delivered to the door step. I tried searching for their web site but can't find. I hve a hard copy

of their delivery receipt which has their branches and phone numbers. i can post it if board needs it.

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pineapple kid
I'm afraid that the only way your stuffs be released is if you pay up the fee or pay under the table. Sad to say but you're Mr. Moneybags to these guys at the custom. :as-if:

 

Why did you send your stuffs that way? You should have sent your stuffs through a company that ships balikbayan boxes here in the Philippines. My boss' sideline before was helping out her friend in her business and this friend of hers is into shipping balikbayan boxes here in the Philippines. I've delivered some stuffs and no need to haggle or face with the customs. Boxes are delivered to it's destination and that's it. It's more like door-to-door service really. Less hassle for you, you just wait for your stuffs to be delivered.

 

 

I shipped my stuff that way because I was in the states at the time and that was the cheapest shipping outfit I could find and I never heard of balikbayan boxes before. Wish I'd have known about it before going to the states to ship things off! Instead of shipping door to door I thought I would save some money by picking the stuff up myself but instead it is going to cost me much more!!!

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I shipped my stuff that way because I was in the states at the time and that was the cheapest shipping outfit I could find and I never heard of balikbayan boxes before. Wish I'd have known about it before going to the states to ship things off! Instead of shipping door to door I thought I would save some money by picking the stuff up myself but instead it is going to cost me much more!!!

 

Bit late now but LBC ship boxes of ANY weight ( 24 x 18 x 18 ) for $75 delivered to your front door.

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Kingsley

Pineapple kid, you have my complete sympathy. No matter how knowledgeable you are with import taxes and custom duties nothing can prepare you for the charade upon goods arrival.

 

Balikbayan boxes are okay but they are not suitable for all types of goods such as bulky, fragile or heavy items. Sometimes you need a container of part thereof.

 

Once bitten twice shy as they say!

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When I moved to cebu I sent a 40 foot container, paid for door to door delivery in UK, got an agent to help me the other end and understood a few customs payments would be in order,

 

Seven days after the container arrived I was still waiting for it, asking each day for delivery, each day no sir it has to have any number of paperworks completed,

Finally they sent me a bill for the storage, I rang DFDS and they assured me it was the agent fault, I rang the agent, no sir DFDS wont issue papers,

 

I jumped in the car and arrived at the agents office, he was escorted to my car and we went to the DFDS office, I asked the same questions, then it became the Customs officer at the port, so they both were assisted to the car and down the port we went, After a short conversation with all three it was revealed that there was a bribe to pay, I returned from my car armed with a camera and asked who had to have the bribe, I got a piece of paper for a receipt, all three backed away and I asked why I cant have my container, finally I gave him some ID to prove who I was and when he saw the British Army ID card he assumed I was from the Embassy, lots of shouted orders followed, the container followed me home with no charges no bribes and a welcome down the port for afternoon tea anytime,

 

Now I play airsoft with these guys, they laugh when they shoot me, they cry when I shoot them, but they always tell me about foreign guys and the fact they are just money waiting to happen to them.

 

If you ever can avoid the port, use the boxes, they are great we ship from Uk every month never a problem, I once wrote on my box inventory chemical protection suits x4 ballastic vests x 4 ballistic helmets x 4 hf radios etc etc etc it never even gets looked at

 

James

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misty
If you ever can avoid the port, use the boxes, they are great we ship from Uk every month never a problem, I once wrote on my box inventory chemical protection suits x4 ballastic vests x 4 ballistic helmets x 4 hf radios etc etc etc it never even gets looked at

 

What company you use to ship boxes from UK and how much does it cost?

 

Thanks!

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james

if you e mail me I can give you their details its run by some filipinos and they charge for a one metre box

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Kingsley

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james

lucky ? you mean in boxes from the UK or going to the port, my wife tells me that its just not the way, but I have since learnt the art of being with the people in power, there is always a way we foreign guys have a disadvantage but we can make up the ground, I used to think it was because I am white, but no they expect a certain reaction from us and they normally get it, when they get out of the normal they are not so sure, and when you dont threaten or shout, but find another alternative way to deal they are usually willing to go along with you on that journey,

 

well I hope they are, I am not going to import much more due to that event. I wont even tell you what happened when the bar near our house decided all night singing was on the cards, all I will say is a visit to the local captain was the last thing on my mind at 2 in the morning hehehehe God I have so much to learn still about life here, my wife will be greay with worry

 

 

James

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Fat Cat

This is probably a stupid question but does one have to prove one is married to a Filipina to use a balikbayan box for shipping? Can a single person ship this way?

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T.S.
This is probably a stupid question but does one have to prove one is married to a Filipina to use a balikbayan box for shipping? Can a single person ship this way?

Anybody can ship a balikbayan box.

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james

no proof required, just find a courier that ships them fill and enjoy the savings in hassle, time and the fun of opening them with the family around, we buy every pair of trainers in the car boot sale, all the little things like portable Cd players etc, kids toys the lot, its great fun and so muche asier then carrying things.

 

What I need is a company in cebu shipping the stuff the other way any ideas

 

James

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Paul
This is probably a stupid question but does one have to prove one is married to a Filipina to use a balikbayan box for shipping? Can a single person ship this way?

 

Most Balikbayan box carriers are going to be door-to-door. All you have to do is call them and they will go there to pick up the box.

 

Also, you are really at a disadvantage if there isn't a Filipina in the house, when you go to pack it. Believe me, you will have wasted space that a Filipina definitely would find in the box. :)

 

What I need is a company in cebu shipping the stuff the other way any ideas

 

Large items? Balikbayan sized shipments, or what?

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