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Hi, I posted this as one of the replies from another topic. And I do think this would be helpful for everyone who's trying to save money from all those "stooooopid" Custom Taxes.

See my fiancé loves sending gifts/packages. He sends it through USPS and would arrive here in the Philippines in around 3 weeks.

TIP: If he's sending you any gifts, don't declare the real amount at USPS as Customs at the Philippine Post may tax you even more. So tell him to declare it as a gift with less than $40 value.

You didn't hear this from a Customs Examiner's daughter :whistle:

A perfect example is sweet angel, spent Php2,000 on taxes because of a phone that was sent to her. Whilst my fiance did the same thing BUT he declared the phone as $15. I also got taxed when I claimed it from PhilPost QC, but I was only charge Php35. :innocent:

Hope this helps! :thumbs:


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Agreed I always lie and claim $0.00 value, and write in big letters "NO VALUE" all over it. Reason is, even if the package is lost or stolen usps only covers up to $50, so its worth the risk to not have huge customs and tax fees

If the customs fees were fair, I wouldn't mind it. But when the customs fees are 100X the cost of the item, its insane. I hope the new president does something about it. It is holding the poor people down


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My fiance sent me a package thru USPS almost 3 years ago, but it took a month before I received it. After that, he would send thru FedEx. But last year, the customs had me pay almost Php5K just so I can get the jewelries and chocolates he sent :( He said there was an insurance or something so he had to declare the real value of the package :huh:


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Hi, I posted this as one of the replies from another topic. And I do think this would be helpful for everyone who's trying to save money from all those "stooooopid" Custom Taxes.

See my fiancé loves sending gifts/packages. He sends it through USPS and would arrive here in the Philippines in around 3 weeks.

TIP: If he's sending you any gifts, don't declare the real amount at USPS as Customs at the Philippine Post may tax you even more. So tell him to declare it as a gift with less than $40 value.

You didn't hear this from a Customs Examiner's daughter :whistle:

A perfect example is sweet angel, spent Php2,000 on taxes because of a phone that was sent to her. Whilst my fiance did the same thing BUT he declared the phone as $15. I also got taxed when I claimed it from PhilPost QC, but I was only charge Php35. :innocent:

Hope this helps! :thumbs:

This is really a big help to others sis. :thumbs: Thank's for the tip! :D


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My fiance sent me a package thru USPS almost 3 years ago, but it took a month before I received it. After that, he would send thru FedEx. But last year, the customs had me pay almost Php5K just so I can get the jewelries and chocolates he sent :( He said there was an insurance or something so he had to declare the real value of the package :huh:

OUCH!! :crying: With that fee you could have just bought yourself another set of jewelry or TONS of chocolates!!

The very first thing he sent me was a pink iPod Nano that costs $160, declared the true value because of insurance. He paid DHL $60 bucks. And I paid PhP650 for taxes. Hayyyy! And it was supposed to be a surprise!! BUT I was indeed surprised that I needed to pay them! :P So from then on, everything was sent via USPS.


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17 May 2009 - Started Chatting

08 Jul 2009 - Became an Official Couple

21 Jan 2010 - J's birthday/Day he proposed

28 May 2010 - I-129F packet sent to VSC

28 Jun 2010 - Notice date on NOA2/Approved in 21 days!

08 Sep 2010 - US Embassy Interview/Approved!

17 Jan 2011 - Point of entry: Detroit, Michigan

21 Feb 2011 - Day we got married

Adjustment of Status | Orlando, Florida:

15 Mar 2011 - AOS packet was mailed

18 Mar 2011 - Packet Delivered

23 Mar 2011 - Check cashed

28 Mar 2011 - Received NOA1 in the mail for I-485 & I-765

06 Apr 2011 - I-485 Case transferred to CSC

03 May 2011 - Biometrics for I-485 & I-765

11 May 2011 - Green Card & EAD in Production 44 days after NOA1 :)

16 May 2011 - GC & EAD at hand!

Lifting Conditions:

17 Jan 2013 - Receive reminder mail from USCIS to file I-751

09 Feb 2013 - Mailed complete I-751 packet

11 Feb 2013 - Packet Delivered to Vermont

14 Feb 2013 - Check Cashed

18 Feb 2013 - Receive NOA in the mail for I-751 (says conditional status extended for another year, yay!)

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i sent many things many different time but mirasol has never complained about being taxed. of course we are still waiting for her christmas package to arrive there :( i guess the post guy figured it was worth taking home instead.

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i sent many things many different time but mirasol has never complained about being taxed. of course we are still waiting for her christmas package to arrive there :( i guess the post guy figured it was worth taking home instead.

Sorry to hear that. If somebody did, trust me karma goes around. :blink:


Our K1 Journey:

Family friends for a long time

17 May 2009 - Started Chatting

08 Jul 2009 - Became an Official Couple

21 Jan 2010 - J's birthday/Day he proposed

28 May 2010 - I-129F packet sent to VSC

28 Jun 2010 - Notice date on NOA2/Approved in 21 days!

08 Sep 2010 - US Embassy Interview/Approved!

17 Jan 2011 - Point of entry: Detroit, Michigan

21 Feb 2011 - Day we got married

Adjustment of Status | Orlando, Florida:

15 Mar 2011 - AOS packet was mailed

18 Mar 2011 - Packet Delivered

23 Mar 2011 - Check cashed

28 Mar 2011 - Received NOA1 in the mail for I-485 & I-765

06 Apr 2011 - I-485 Case transferred to CSC

03 May 2011 - Biometrics for I-485 & I-765

11 May 2011 - Green Card & EAD in Production 44 days after NOA1 :)

16 May 2011 - GC & EAD at hand!

Lifting Conditions:

17 Jan 2013 - Receive reminder mail from USCIS to file I-751

09 Feb 2013 - Mailed complete I-751 packet

11 Feb 2013 - Packet Delivered to Vermont

14 Feb 2013 - Check Cashed

18 Feb 2013 - Receive NOA in the mail for I-751 (says conditional status extended for another year, yay!)

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Fiance and I were both pissed off but couldn't do anything :( I told him the money might have gone straight to a customs officer's pocket :angry:

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i sent many things many different time but mirasol has never complained about being taxed. of course we are still waiting for her christmas package to arrive there :( i guess the post guy figured it was worth taking home instead.

This has been our problem. About 1 in 4 packages never arrive.

In another incident I sent documents by International 6 day PRIORITY MAIL. after 24 days with no arrival I contacted the customs office with the customs number. Guess what showed up three days later. The postal worker said it was sent by regular mail.

I guess the Phil postal workers have no idea what big red letters reading PRIOROTY MAIL is!!! :bonk:


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I had problems with getting charged extra "custom fees" when I sent chocolates and things like that before. I went to an LBC office and they have a 2 lbs express package for only $12. I asked them what about the extra custom fees and taxes. They said there's never any extra custom fees but for special items like electronics etc.

Right now we are preparing a jumbo size box that will ship by sea for $80 that is filled with all kinds of toys and clothes from the second hand store and walmart etc going back to her family. :)


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I have tried calling there many times when packages are very late, but my tagalog sucks and thier understanding of my english is just as bad. I keep telling shine to call because she speaks the language, but i know she is to shy to complain so instead she just keeps asking the postman there are telling me nothing yet. :unsure:

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Fiance and I were both pissed off but couldn't do anything :( I told him the money might have gone straight to a customs officer's pocket :angry:

Im pretty sure it went straight into the Customs officers pocket. Lets see.................. I was driving in Manila one time and got pulled over by the MMDA for having tinted windows, he told me 500 pesos would set me free, I went to the LTO to get a drivers license there and upon going into the directors office he told me straight to the point that if i gave him 500 he would give me a drivers license immediately, my English and PE college professors both told me if i bought them a case of beer for their birthday that they would pass me, Customs officer at the NAIA Airport asked for $5 and said she would let me go right thru, I was at the North harbor port logistics office trying to get some household goods that i shipped over there and some of the documents needed some signature from the customs officer, the documents were right on his desk and he completely ignored it till i dropped 300 pesos at his desk. I can go on with my experiences and it really pisses me off in shame when i think about it.


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Talk about honest and diligent people, some are as bad as cab drivers.

Hmm tell me about it! :whistle:


Our K1 Journey:

Family friends for a long time

17 May 2009 - Started Chatting

08 Jul 2009 - Became an Official Couple

21 Jan 2010 - J's birthday/Day he proposed

28 May 2010 - I-129F packet sent to VSC

28 Jun 2010 - Notice date on NOA2/Approved in 21 days!

08 Sep 2010 - US Embassy Interview/Approved!

17 Jan 2011 - Point of entry: Detroit, Michigan

21 Feb 2011 - Day we got married

Adjustment of Status | Orlando, Florida:

15 Mar 2011 - AOS packet was mailed

18 Mar 2011 - Packet Delivered

23 Mar 2011 - Check cashed

28 Mar 2011 - Received NOA1 in the mail for I-485 & I-765

06 Apr 2011 - I-485 Case transferred to CSC

03 May 2011 - Biometrics for I-485 & I-765

11 May 2011 - Green Card & EAD in Production 44 days after NOA1 :)

16 May 2011 - GC & EAD at hand!

Lifting Conditions:

17 Jan 2013 - Receive reminder mail from USCIS to file I-751

09 Feb 2013 - Mailed complete I-751 packet

11 Feb 2013 - Packet Delivered to Vermont

14 Feb 2013 - Check Cashed

18 Feb 2013 - Receive NOA in the mail for I-751 (says conditional status extended for another year, yay!)

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If you use fedex they will think its important and charge you, the cost at customs is often more than the cost of the item.

I would rather send stuff over and write NO VALUE via usps (the cheapest shipping possible) and mine always get there

I have mailed expensive cell phones hidden in different things over there this way, so far no problems, and my asawa doesn't have to pay any money for tax/customs


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08-05-2009 Touched
10-02-2009 I-797C for Biometrics Appt
10-26-2009 Biometrics Appt. Completed
05-11-2010 Request for Evidence on both the I129F and I130
07-01-2010 Case Transferred to Vermont Service Center
10-20-2011 Contacted Ombudsman
02-07-2012 Case denied after almost 3 years =(
03-07-2012 Appeal Filed!
01-20-2013 Contacted Ombudsman again...

06-25-2013 EOIR Appeal Review

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