Video: Senate Hearing Customs Balik Bayan Taxes, Fees and Inspection

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A heated argument between Commissioner Bert Lina and Senator Ralph Recto regarding the proposed additional charges on shipping containers with Balik Bayan boxes.

A heated Argument ensued between Com. Bert Lina and Senator Ralph Recto. Senator Recto warns commissioner not to raise voice in senate.

BOC wants to increase shipping container fees from a total of PHP80,000 to PHp180,000. A shipping container has approximately 400 balikbayan boxes, which will result to an additional 250 pesos per balik bayan box

Commisioner Lina’s point the freight forwarding companies should not pass the additional fees to OFW’s

Senator Recto’s point that is impossible the freight forwarders will pass the burden to the OFW’s

Recto also advised Commissioner Lina not to say that they are following the law. Senator Recto said there is no law saying that they can impose a fee of PHP 180,000 per shipping container.

Commissioner Lina also said “Alam ko kung magkano kinikita ng mga yan e. Humihingi lang ang gobyerno ng additional na P80,000 or P100,000 kundi magbukasan tayo ng libro ng mga freight forwarders kung yan ang gusto nyo dito. Hindi ko naman yan hinihingi sa mga balikbayan e, hinihingi ko yun dito sa intermediary,”.

Commissioner Lina owns a freight forwarding company.

“Lina: Because kung talagang magbubukas tayo ng box per box at ng duties and taxes, lalabas kung ano ang tunay nilang dapat bayaran. What is in the law is the law,”

(If we will really open some boxes we will determine how much they should really pay)

Recto: “Precisely the point, e di habulin sila ng BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue),”

(The BIR will pursue them.)

Lina: “Kaya nga freight fowarder …sila ang dapat magbayad dyan hindi po ang balikbayan at saka yung OFWs,”

(That’s why the freight forwarders should shoulder the fess ano not pass it to the OFW’s and returning Filipinos)

Recto: “E kokolektahin nga nila doon yun e. Huwag kayong magtataas ng boses dito,” an irate senator said.

(They will pass it to the OFW’s and do not raise your voice)

Lina: “I’m just trying to explain here,”

Recto: “No, I’m also explaining the effect,”

 

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