Customs increases tax on ‘balikbayan’ boxes

By , on August 10, 2015

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Alberto Lina (Photo from the BOC)
BOC Commissioner Bert Lina (Photo from the BOC)

MANILA – Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Alberto “Bert” Lina recently increased the duties and taxes for all consolidated shipments, which often contained ‘balikbayan’ boxes.

Initially, Lina approved an increase from P80,000 to P180,000. Filipino freight forwarders and other companies involved in the delivery of shipments then complained on the sudden increase and staged a silent protest.

“No one filed an entry for a week… Maybe that was their way to make their complaints be heard,” an unnamed source said in a Manila Bulletin report.

Lina then lowered the charge from P180,000 to P120,000. About two weeks ago, he also increased the tariff to P40,000 per container.

Despite the previous port congestion problem, truck bans and shipping delays caused by traffic, freight forwarders are compelled to abide by these increases while maintaining low prices for their services.