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Balikbayan boxes worth up to P150k will be tax free starting Dec. 25
edited December 2016 in Bagong Balita
Good news mga kababayan, Balikbayan boxes containing items worth up to P150,000 and below will be exempted from taxes starting December 25 this year.
The Customs order "covers the sending of balikbayan boxes by Qualified Filipinos While Abroad (QFWA) to their families and relatives, which shall be exempt from the payment of duties and taxes, up to three times and shall not exceed P150,000.00 in a calendar year."
QFWA are the following:
(1) holders of valid passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and certified by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for overseas employment purposes regardless of profession;
(2) non-resident Filipinos who have established permanent residency abroad but retained their Filipino citizenship; and,
(3) resident Filipino citizens who temporarily stay abroad (may include holders of student visa, investors' visa, tourist visa, and similar visas which allow them to establish temporary stay abroad).
To be granted this privilege, the following requirements below must be met.
(1) A QFWA shall submit the following supporting documents
(2) A QFWA must accomplish, sign and submit the Information Sheet, which will be issued by BOC and will serve as the packing list;
(3) The international forwarder and/or consolidator shall submit these Information Sheets and supporting documents in a secured electronic format to local (Philippine) forwarder and/or deconsolidator; and
(4) The local forwarder and/or deconsolidator shall transmit to the Bureau the Information Sheet and supporting documents in a secured electronic format before the arrival of the balikbayan boxes to the Philippines and within the period prescribed below.
For consolidated shipments by sea:
a. For shipments that will take 3-day shipping time: 24 hours prior to arrival;
b. For shipments that will take 7-day shipping time: 48 hours prior to arrival; and
c. For shipments coming from America, Europe, Middle East, and other parts of the world that does not fall under the above shipping time: 10 days prior to arrival.
For consolidated shipments carried by aircraft:
a. For those coming from Asia - 1 hour prior to arrival
b. For those coming from other countries - 6 hours prior to arrival
(5) A QFWA shall also certify that only personal effects and household goods, which shall not be in commercial quantities, are sent through balikbayan boxes.