Filipino expats: there’s a new rule for balikbayan boxes

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Filipino expats are about to face tougher rules on sending ‘balikbayan boxes’ back to their country. These boxes usually hold presents that many Filipino expats send to their kin staying in Philippines from across the globe.

It is not yet confirmed when these rules will become effective, but some sources said they could be implemented from August 1. Philippines-based news portals – like the Manila Bulletin – said that the new regulations will come into effect starting October 15 this year.

The new rules stipulate the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to provide the Bureau with a list of items that the ‘balikbayan box’ contains. A Tempo report adds that Customs Commisioner Nicanor Faeldon said the ‘balikbayan boxes’ will be opened and put under scanner to confirm the contents listed by the OFWs. It also added that the new measure won’t cause delays in sending and release of the package.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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