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No More Detailed Lists or Receipts: New Customs Chief Suspends Tough Rules on Balikbayan Boxes

Good news for relatives of OFWs and online stores that get supply from family and friends abroad

Less than two months after it took effect on August 1, 2017, the new and tougher rules on duty-free balikbayan boxes have been temporarily suspended by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) following complaints from the public.Under a memorandum published on October 4, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 06, 2017 11:00:00
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Online K-Beauty Retailers Feel Pressure From Tougher Customs Procedures on Balikbayan Boxes

Shipments take longer to arrive as informal forwarders freeze operations while waiting for better times

Search for the #kbeautyph hashtag on Instagram and the platform will yield more than 24,000 images, mostly of Korean cosmetic products being sold either for a bargain or in bulk.K-Beauty refers to Korean cosmetics and skincare, one of the largest and most ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 25, 2017 03:00:00
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New Rules on Balikbayan Boxes Take Effect Aug 1: What You Need to Know

The customs bureau requires more detailed lists and receipts for brand new items

At least five million Filipinos abroad send shipments of durable and consumable goods to their families back home every year, according to the Door-to-Door Consolidators Association of the Philippines (DDCAP). Mostly, these are contained in balikbayan boxes which are charged a fixed ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 26, 2017 10:00:00