Hello guys! Especially those Kpop fans that are from my country, Philippines!!
I know a lot of you are purchasing merchandises online. Buying things online is easy especially if the seller is from your country. But what if the seller is from another country?
Ebay has a lot of foreign sellers. Most of them use PayPal on their online transactions. PayPal is easy to get if you have a credit or debit card.
But now, I will share some tips on how to get your packages/parcel from the post office customs in the Philippines.
If you buy something online from another country, you have to pay the shipping fee (except if it was indicated free). Paying the shipping fee doesn’t mean that you won’t pay anything anymore. Once the parcel arrives in your country, you have to pay the tax for it.
Now let’s begin this tutorial.
When your parcel arrives in the Philippines, the post office will send you a notice:
This notice will be sent three times to you for a month until you picked your parcel up. If you didn’t pick it up, the post office will send your parcel back to the seller or just dispose it.
You have to bring this notice to the post office so you can pick up your parcel. This notice is not really a must have. If you lose it, you can still get your parcel as long as you know your parcel’s tracking number.
The Philippines post office is open from Monday to Friday at 8am to 5pm. Customs office is usually located beside or inside the post office of your district. Unlike the post office, customs have lunch break. So be alert when going there at 12pm. They usually have lunch break from 12pm to 1pm.
All parcels are subjected to one hundred pesos (Php100) service fee.
If you are going to check the notice, it said there “Please bring invoice or PayPal”
I advice you “NOT TO DO THAT”
As far as I know, all items which are not ELECTRONICS are NOT subjected to TAX. But once you showed how much your items are, you will be subjected to pay an expensive TAX rate. Bulky packages, even if they don’t have electronics, are subjected to tax too but it’s not so expensive. But once you showed the real price of your items, you will cry from regret 🙂
All sellers indicate what items are sent in their post office. They usually put “gifts” so you won’t be subjected to pay TAXES. So remember to tell the post office about the “gift”. Sellers also write down the price of the items inside the box. Sellers usually put a low price to help us get our items without taxes.
When getting your parcel, remember to bring a valid ID. Government ID is better. I usually use only one government ID when getting my parcels. But if you are a student, one student ID and another ID is needed. I’m not sure about the other post office, but usually, two ID’s are needed. If you are not able to get your parcel yourself, you can ask another to get it for you. But you have to give them an authorization letter. You also have to give them two valid ID’s and the one picking it should also bring their own IDs.
EMS cases are different. EMS from local post office is delivered to the parcel’s address. You should also pay fifty pesos (Php50) service change. Other EMS which are from private companies have different rate. They usually ask for five hundred pesos (Php500) service charge.
Latest Updates for September 2014:
PhilPost Customs service charge is changed from Php50 to Php100.
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Thank you for reading!