THIRTY-EIGHT Philippine companies are included in the latest Department of Trade and Industry-Philippine Shippers Bureau (DTI-PSB) list of cargo forwarders with formal charges against them for engaging in freight forwarding without accreditation and/or with complaints against them pertaining to balikbayan boxes, an advisory yesterday from the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney showed.
“Members of the Filipino Community and their consignees in the Philippines are advised that the freight forwarding companies… are not accredited with the Department of Trade and Industry – Philippine Shippers’ Bureau (DTI-PSB),” the consulate advisory said.
“These unaccredited companies were issued formal charges by the DTI-PSB for engaging in freight forwarding without PSB accreditation and/or are subject of complaints pertaining to balikbayan boxes.”
In addition to names of companies operating freight forwarding businesses without accreditation, the DTI-PSB also released the names of 43 overseas-based companies whose Philippine agents or counterparts are under investigation: Australia (1), Bahrain (1), China (1), Cyprus (1), Germany (1), Hong Kong (1), Ireland (2), Italy (1), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (7), Kuwait (4), Malaysia (1), Singapore (3), United Arab Emirates (6), United Kingdom (2), and United States of America (11).
The DTI-PSB lists also included the names of four companies that were ordered to ‘show cause’ for complaints relating to balikbayan boxes delivery, name of one forwarder whose accreditation has been revoked, and names of three forwarders whose complaints have been endorsed to the Department of Justice.
The DTI-PSB also advised the public to refrain from doing business with the companies named in the shippers bureau lists.
“Consumers/consignees with companies on undelivered, pilfered, damaged or lost balikbayan boxes may report or submit a written complaint to DTI-PSB at fax (02)751-3305 or voice (02)751-3330,” the DTI-PSB added.
Balikbayan boxes are packages of personal effects sent as gifts by Filipinos residing or working abroad to their families or relatives in the Philippines.
The boxes can contain non-commercial goods or goods not in commercial quantity and for personal use only such as wearing apparel, clothing, foodstuffs/grocery items/canned goods the total value of which should not exceed US$500, according to the Philippine Bureau of Customs.
To download a copy of the list of unaccredited cargo forwarders, please click here. (pdf)