BOC eases rules on duty and ba­lik­bayan boxes

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - /BOC

The Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BOC) eases the guide­lines in avail­ing the duty and tax-free priv­i­lege of con­sol­i­dated ba­lik­bayan boxes, this af­ter the pre­vi­ous rules were met with crit­i­cisms from the Over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFW) com­mu­nity for the te­dious re­quire­ments in avail­ing the P150,000.00 duty and tax ex­emp­tion priv­i­lege.

In­stead of the manda­tory copy of Philip­pine pass­port, the Bu­reau now ac­cepts other doc­u­ments to show proof of Filipino cit­i­zen­ship such as pho­to­copy of (1) 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; (2) per­ma­nent res­i­dent ID or equiv­a­lent doc­u­ment in other coun­tries; (3) Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Cer­tifi­cate/OWWA Card; (4) work per­mit; (5) Uni­fied Gov­ern­ment ID is­sued by the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment; (6) 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 it is avail­able.

Aside from the proof of cit­i­zen­ship, the reg­u­la­tion re­quires qual­i­fied Filipinos, through their freight for­warders or de­con­sol­ida­tors, to sub­mit the In­for­ma­tion Sheet in three (3) copies where the first copy is to be placed at the top­most por­tion of the box, the sec­ond copy to be kept by the sender while the third copy to be given to the Con­sol­ida­tor to be for­warded to the Bu­reau to­gether with the other doc­u­men­tary re­quire­ments. It will serve as the pack­ing list of the ba­lik­bayan box.

Ba­lik­bayan box senders are ad­vised that ba­lik­bayan box must only con­tain per­sonal and house­hold ef­fects. Per­sonal ef­fects are com­modi­ties whether new or used, for per­sonal use or con­sump­tion and not for com­mer­cial pur­poses, such as wear­ing ap­parel, per­sonal adorn­ments, elec­tronic gad­gets, toi­letries, or sim­i­lar items. House­hold ef­fects, on the other hand, refers to fur­ni­ture, dishes, linens, li­braries, and sim­i­lar house­hold fur­nish­ings for per­sonal use or fam­ily use.

Ba­lik­bayan boxes may be sent up to three times in a cal­en­dar year given that the to­tal FCA value per sender shall not ex­ceed P150,000.00 and the items or goods sent are not in com­mer­cial quan­ti­ties.

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