BoC eases ID rules for balikbayan box tax-free privilege
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) has eased the ID requirements for availing of the duty and taxfree privilege for balikbayan boxes valued at up to P150,000.
Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 18- 2018, dated Oct. 11, 2018 allows the use of other documents to show proof of Filipino citizenship for availing the tax-free perk, instead of the actual Philippine passport in previous rules.
The BoC will allow photocopies of a pertinent page of the Philippine passport with personal information, picture and signature, or in case of dual Filipino citizen without Philippine passport, photocopy of foreign passport with personal information, picture and signature plus copy of proof of dual Filipino citizenship; permanent resident
ID or equivalent document in other countries; Overseas Employment Certificate/Overseas Workers Welfare Administration card; work permit; Unified Government ID issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); any other equivalent document except birth certificate.
“In a bid to simplify the rules and regulations on duty and tax-free consolidated balikbayan boxes, qualified Filipinos availing of the P150,000 duty and tax-free privilege are not required to submit the commercial invoices of the goods contained in the balikbayan box. Invoices are to be submitted only if available,” the BoC added.
Qualified individuals are still required to submit the information sheets through their freight forwarders or deconsolidators. —
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