A bishop has criticized the brand new coverage of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on balikbayan containers requiring senders to current receipts for their items.
Bishop Rupert Santos, chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI), mentioned the extra necessities for delivery balikbayan containers can be an added and pointless burden to abroad Filipino employees (OFWs) and Filipinos residing overseas.
“We at the CBCP-ECMI appreciate and thankful for the grant of tax and duty free status of balikbayan boxes, but the inclusion receipts will be problematic and burdensome to our OFWs. Why? To fill up a balikbayan box usually takes up months as they wait for sales (promo period). They will ship these goods for Christmas or before graduations and to keep the receipts would be an added difficulty,” he mentioned.
The Bataan prelate famous that the receipt requirement was “unreasonable” as “most of the gadgets, like meals gadgets or clothes, are items from their employers.
“It is very shameful to ask for receipts from their givers,” he mentioned.
Santos mentioned that forwarders have a list of the contents of the balikbayan containers which the BOC may simply entry as half of its monitoring.
The BOC issued Customs Memorandum Order 04-2017 which requires balikbayan containers to embrace an itemized checklist of all its contents and receipts of newly-purchased gadgets contained in the field.
Also, the recipients of the balikbayan containers needs to be relations of the sender they usually have to show they have been Filipino residents. (Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA)
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