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Monday, July 15, 2024

Customs, NTC launch info drive against erring freight forwarders

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and its collection district at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have announced a partnership with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to launch an information campaign aimed at raising awareness about fraudulent freight forwarders.

Through this partnership with the NTC, the advisories have been disseminated to warn the public, especially Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), who are often victims of various schemes involving balikbayan boxes.

The partnership also aims to ensure the integrity of Customs processes.

Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio thanked NTC for their invaluable assistance in combating fraudulent practices involving balikbayan boxes.

“The success of the information drive demonstrated the dedication of the NTC to keeping the public well-informed. Their cooperation is truly admirable, as they have played a vital role in protecting the interests and welfare of our fellow citizens,” he said.

Two months ago, the bureau also released a list of foreign and local forwarding firms that have been reported for abandoned balikbayan boxes and have derogatory reports.

The agency reiterates its advice to the public to choose reputable forwarding companies accredited by the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure the safety of their balikbayan boxes.

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