OFWs urged to be cautious in dealing with freight forwarders


DUBAI – The Philippines’ Bureau of Customs (BOC) renewed its reminder to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be “extra cautious in dealing with international and local freight forwarders”, while clarifying the issue of non-delivery of balikbayan boxes in the Philippines.

In a statement shared to the media by the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and Northern Emirates on Wednesday (August 10), the BOC reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) about the rules regarding the entry of balikbayan boxes into the Philippines.

“Once the cargo arrives in the Philippines, the local consolidator or courier shall file the necessary documents with the BOC. The BOC shall then assess the duties and taxes and the local consolidator or courier shall pay for them, after which, the goods shall be released and the local courier shall deliver the goods to the intended recipients,” the BOC said.

The BOC said that delays in the release of balikbayan boxes happen when “the local consolidator does not pay the duties and taxes”.

The BOC said it was currently reviewing its existing procedures to ensure the timely release of balikbayan boxes to their intended recipients.

In a separate statement posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, the BOC advised OFWs to deal with freight forwarders accredited by the Department of Trade and Industry to avoid problems.

OFWs may check the list of accredited freight forwarders on www.dti.gov.ph. ICA/Expat Media


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