With the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reiterated their advice to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sending balikbayan boxes home—pick an accredited courier and local forwarder.
The list of accredited courier and local forwarders may be found in the DTI Web site.
The agency has listed 57 undelivered and 1 missing complaints of balikbayan boxes from January to August 2016.
The standard shipping fee of balikbayan boxes from the United States is USD 60 to USD 85 (PHP 2,869 to PHP 3,826) for Metro Manila destinations, and USD 70 to USD 100 (PHP 3,348 to PHP 4,782) for Visayas/Mindanao destinations. DTI said that all fees and taxes must be paid prior to the delivery of the balikbayan box.
DTI also warned against including in balikbayan boxes prohibited items, such as money, weapons and bullets, illegal drugs, pornographic materials, pirated DVDs, plants and seeds, a bulk of items intended to be sold, and fresh food products.
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Source : ABS-CBN News