Tax free balikbayan box policy in the works

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may avail and send up to three Balikbayan boxes to the Philippines without having to pay for taxes and duties.

OFW's need to fill up an information sheet on the customs bureau's website and submit the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the page of their Philippine passport with personal information, picture and signature;

  • Invoice or receipt of the goods in the balikbayan box.

Based on Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016, OFW's are those who are:

  • Holders of valid passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and certified by the Department of Labor and Employment or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration for overseas employment purposes regardless of profession.

  • Non-resident Filipinos who have established permanent residency abroad but retained their Filipino citizenship.

  • Resident Filipino citizens who temporarily stay abroad i.e. holders of student visa, investors’ visa, tourist visa.

Contact us on 1800 95 98 98 or email us on for further details.

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