Friday, September 23, 2022

List of Taxable Luggage Items According to Bureau of Customs

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In line with the mandate by the Bureau of Customs on balikbayan boxes sent by overseas Filipino workers, a ranking official of the agency answered the common question being asked by concerned individuals traveling to the Philippines.

“Which items in my luggage are considered taxable?”

In a news report by GMA 7, no tax is imposed on balikbayan box if it is accompanied by a passenger, and its worth does not exceed P10,000 equivalent, according to the Bureau of Customs.

Traveling Filipinos and foreign visitors to the Philippines are exempt from paying tax duties:

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1. Used personal effects in a non-commercial quantity
2. Wine and spirits not exceeding two bottles
3. Tobacco and cigarettes not exceeding 200 sticks
4. Cosmetics and perfumery not exceeding one bottle

But more specifically, OFWs traveling to the Philippines are also entitled to tax-free of using electric or electronic appliances for one item of each kind.

Once the value of content in a balikbayan box exceeds the prescribed amount, an ad valorem tax worth 50% of each item is charged to the passenger.

“The policy of the Bureau of Customs is a bit liberal,” said Deputy Commissioner Art Lachica, referring to how the agency charges items that are seen as obviously worth above the P10,000 tax-free limit.

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For unaccompanied balikbayan boxes or those sent through consolidators abroad, tax duty is imposed if the value exceeds US$500. BoC currently charges freight forwarders with tax charges for every container filled with these balikbayan boxes. In return, these companies pass on tax charges to customers who avail of their freight services.

Referring to the Philippine Consulate General on Sydney’s website, the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) mandates that all items brought into the Philippines are subject to import duties. Items, including used items, brought to the Philippines as parcels mailed through the Australian Post or sent through courier services (LBC, DHL, Fedex, etc.) are subject to tax.

The rate of import duty varies depending on the commodity imported, ranging from 3 to 50%. The schedule of rates is listed under Section 104, Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP), as amended.

While it is uncommon, according to BoC, that balikbayan boxes are charged after it arrives at their consignees in the Philippines, those that are deemed to exceed the US$500 value are slapped with additional tax duties.

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Lachica said the rates depend on the type, as well as the condition of items.

Items are tax-free if they fall under de minimis, or items whose declared value falls at P10, a very low value under the law that has not been changed since 1957.

Currently, the Philippines has the lowest de minimis threshold, or the minimal volume of declaration of goods in the customs for consignments, in the ASEAN, at PhP10 or US$0.23. The ASEAN average threshold is a hundred dollars.

To address the issue, BoC is pushing for the Customs modernization act which proposes to adjust de minimis to P10,000, according to Lachica.

With the moratorium on the random opening of balikbayan boxes, the BoC admits it becomes more difficult to assess the value of items inside each balikbayan box.

Nonetheless, the Bureau of Customs advises the public to report instances of violation (Email: helpdesk@customs.gov.ph, Twitter: @customsPH, Facebook: Bureau of Customs Public Assistance and Complaint Desk)

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31 COMMENTS

  1. sana wala ng mag padala ng mga balikbayan boxes kahit kailan …. isak saka nyo sa mukha nyo yang batas na yan mga leche…. leche kaung mambabatas kau…. edi kayo na mga nakaupo jan ….isaksak nyo sa tumbong nyo yang mga trono nyo…. at dikdikin nyo ng husto ang mga Filipino sa kahirapan… hingi kayo ng hingi ng tax di nyo nmn inaayos ang pag gastos … buti sana kung ika ka asensado ng Pilipinas… ok lang mag TAX ng mag tax puro bulsa nyo lang asensado…. mga dimonyo kayong nasa Gobyerno …. iilan % nalang kaya ang matinong namumuno? sana meron man lang kahit kaunitii… punyeta….

  2. CLEAN YOUR MESS CUSTOMS BEFORE YOU GO THROUGH WITH OFW….PATI BA NAMAN MGA PASALUBONG NG OFW GUSTO NYO PANG KUNAN NG TAX WHILE YONG MGA MALALAKING ISDA HINDI NINYO MAHULI HULI. ANG DAMING PEKENG BRANDED NA PRODUKTONG NAGKALAT SA MARKET NA NAKALUSOT SA INYO….PAANO NYO IPALIWANAG YAN…TAPOS ANG MGA OFW GINIGIPIT NYO…..LAHAT NANG BINIBILI NAMIN SA PINAS MAY 12% VAT NA….MAY PROPERTY TAX KAMING BINABAYARAN TAON TAON…AT IBA PANG BABAYARAN…..ANO PA BA ANG GUSTO NYO….MGA BAYANI BA KAMING MAITUTURING O GATASAN LANG….

  3. Paano ba nila kinacalculate ang tax na pinapabayad nila? Paano kung puro bigay ng amo yong laman ng box, prepresyohan na lang ng custom…dapat wala ng tax yon kasi hindi naman pangbusiness yong laman ng box kundi personal na gagamitin ng pamilya ng OFW.

    Meron nga nagpadala sa akin ng 2 bottles na free food supplement…nacharge ako ng $23 na tax sa custom. Nakapagtataka kung paano ba nila nakacalculate ang tax ng mga items.

  4. Grocery items palang may 12% vat na. Utility bills pa. Pero…. May progress ba ang bansa sa taas ng tax natin? Idagdag pa ang income tax. Puro nalang tax. Buti sana kahit quality healthcare service ay libre eh may tax padin yun di ba? Pakonswelo de bobo lng din ang philhealth pagdating sa hospitalization. Mataas na bilihin mataas din ang tax. Eh ang sahod tumataas din sana. Kaso nganga!

  5. ano bang kasalanan nating mga OFW bakit pinag-iinitan masyado tayo.mas lalo tayong pinapahirapan sa gobyerno natin.sana ang maupong bagong ma elect sa 2016 ay mabigyan naman ng pansin ang paghihirap ng mga ofw at magbigay naman sila ng pabor sa atin kahit kaunti lang, hindi yong kinikikilan pa tayo.di biro maghanap ng pera sa abroad, ang hirap, napakahirap.

  6. About naman sa perfumes. Impossibly naman kasi na isa lang ang dadalhin na pasalubong sa buo mong pamilya.kung may ukay ukay dito sa pinas, meron din kasi sa labas ng pinas.alam mo naman tayo na pinoy, kung saan ang mura doon tayo.at para lahat ng kamag anak na naghihintay ng pasalubong e mabigyan.syempre hindi limited sa isa ang bibilhin mo… so paano yan? #Hay naku!

  7. Minimum of 10,000 pesos not taxable? E sa bags he Lang na binabayaran namin sa is ang box ang ibabayad ko sa cargo fee is 10,000 yen equivalent to 380 pesos,,,tapos may limit pa,,,,ano ang di apart na isaksak namin sa loon na mura ? Tissue,woman’s napkin,pinulot na admit sa basurahan,big ay na mga toys,,,e Baka mura hin ka I ng receiver at ipa balik sa Amin ang balik bayan box,,,,sa system , na ganyan ay Tamad na kaming magpadala

  8. YON MG AUUWING MAG KAMAGANAN NG TAGA CUSTOM NAGTATAX BA SILA SIEMPRE HINDI AT MAY MGA DESIGNER ITEMS NA DLA NGMGA YAN …MY GOSH ..MINSNA MAY MAYAMNA ANG AMO ..IBIBIGAY S IYO MAMAHALINPABANGO OR DMAIT OR SPATOS OR BAGS ..PAGADTAING MO MAGTATAX KA AT KUNDI AY KUKUNINA S AIYO ..IHAMPAS MO ANG DEISGNER BAG NA YAN S AMUKHA NIYAN …….NOON FEW YEARS AGO ..USO PA ANG GUCCI BAG SBAI NG ISNAG EMPLEADO ..MAN IWNA MO NALANG YAN BALATO KO ..SBAI KO ANO KA SINUSUERTE ..BUMILI KA NG FAKE SA DIVISORIA AND THNE SBAI KO MAY UNCLE DIN NAMNA KONGNAGTRATRABAHO DITO S AIMMOGRATION ..DI SIYA KUMIBO BRUTAL ..HIHINGIN PA NAG MAG SOBRA MONG PINOY MONEY DI MO NA DAW KAILANAGN IWNA NA LANG …ANO BANG BANSA ITO MISMONG MAG KALAHI INILOLOKO ..DPAT NGA IPALD AISLA NA MAGTRBAHO NA DOMESTIC AT MARNASNA NILA NAG MAGKUDKOD NG KOBET ATA MAGLINIS NG BAHY AT MAGALAGA NG BTA ..PUNYET ANG MGA TGA NIA NA YAN …DPAT ILAGAY MO NALANG LIVE NA MGA AHAS SA BOX MO

  9. MY GOSH ..DPAT MANALO SI DUTERTE TALAGA AT IPAKAIN ANG BALA S AMG BUNGANGA NG MGA TANIM BALA .. MABUTI DI SILA NAGTANIM NG BALA S ALUGGAGE NI POPE FRANCSIS ………AT MAG KASAMAHAN NITO …NAGBABLAK PA NAMNA AKO NA MAGLAGAY NG MGA PANGMASKO NG MGA NAGKARPENTERO S ABAHAY KO AT MGA NAGLAGA SA SO KO YON PAL ITATAX LANG NILA OR KUMPISKAHIN …MGA PUNYET ANG MGA TAG CUSTOM NA YNA ..BAKIT NAMATYA NA YON BAITA S AMGA BASUR ANANGALING SA CANADA NA DUMATING AT IBINAON S ATRARLAC NAGTAX BA NAG MAG SUPER DAMI NG CONATAINER NA YON BAKIT NAKALUSOT …………

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