However, our THIRD package...ah, well, that's when I had an "encounter" with a customs officer of Pasay City's Post Office.
However, custom officer thinks differently.
Even worse, the officer is charging me around P1,308, which is approximately 30% of the price TBD charged me for the boxed set.
Our staff called us, asking if he should pay for the taxes, and I said no. I told him to inform the customs officer that I'm a registered author with the National Book Development Board so I definitely know my rights, and as such I know that I can't be charged for any customs / duties where books are concerned.
Custom officer then told our staff that the rule ONLY applies to "educational books and cultural materials".
To emphasize (read: IMHO, parang gusto niya pa mag-mukhang tanga ang staff namin, but hey that's my opinion and sige, baka gusto niya lang maging properly informed ang staff namin), binigyan pa yung staff namin ng photocopy of BOC rules, with the appropriate text highlighted and encircled.
Eh bakit ito ang sabi ng NBDB in its February email to me---
Aaaaaanyway, I told our staff not to bother paying for the parcel and simply ask for the officer's name.
Following this, I then asked for my lawyer aunt's help and forwarded her all the necessary documents concerning my package. FYI: I am not the FIRST VICTIM of this type of...umm...encounter. Here's one reported by a netizen and shared by When in Manila, and which I also forwarded to my aunt.
Sobra naman kasi yung siningil. Even if we could afford it, nakakainis na approximately 30% of the retail price ang nicha-charge. Parang sobrang...umm...there's just one word that comes to mind, but huwag na lang natin gamitin.
Baka...hindi talaga naintindihan ng custom officer yung rule about books.
30% of retail price talaga ang tax?
No comment na lang.
Anyway, going back to the story, we had our staff drop by the post office again, this time armed with our politely worded legal letter.
End of rant. >.<