ISS GMT Manila, part of the Inchcape Shipping Services group of companies, and a market-leading airline booking and ticketing agent for Philippine marine and offshore workers, has issued important clarification in respect of a change to the procedure for the collection of the International Passenger Service Charge which was introduced earlier this month.
Following updated advice from the Manila authorities, ISS GMT can confirm that the tax of Philippine Peso 550 (US$12) applied on passengers departing the Philippines does not apply to ‘locally-recognised’ marine and offshore workers. This means that for tickets purchased outside of the Philippines from 1 February 2015, where the tax must be included, it can be reclaimed on presentation of a certificate at the airport on departure. However, if the ticket is issued inside of the Philippines, the charge is automatically not included.
Tim Davey, President of ISS GMT, said: “This tax is in line with many other countries who are seeking to increase revenues through passenger duties. The exemption for marine and offshore crew is welcome, but the process for reclaiming tax on departure, where tickets are bought overseas, is cumbersome. This brings the threat of refunds going unclaimed. Companies who issue their airline tickets outside of the Philippines will need their travelers to queue up to reclaim the departure tax on their behalf, and this could create further administration procedures for companies.”
ISS GMT is a full-service marine travel management company whose office in Manila employs over 50 reservations staff. Its clients are located in countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, Dubai and India.
Davey concluded: “In order to avoid having to add the tax in the first place, overseas shipping companies and offshore companies and contractors who employ crew from the Philippines can partner with local providers such as ISS GMT. Where this is done, tickets for outgoing marine and offshore workers do not have to have the tax automatically added, removing the need for refunds and potential losses through individual travelers not reclaiming the money back on behalf of their company.”
Inchcape Shipping Services is the world’s leading maritime, supply chain and cargo solutions provider. With some 300 proprietary offices in 67 countries, and a workforce of over 3, 900, the company’s diverse global customer base now includes owners and charterers in the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as naval, government and inter-governmental organisations.
ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support, informational and other associated marine services. The company also provides a growing range of outsourcing services including global crew and marine spares logistics; port hub agency management; and sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning solutions through its subsidiary ShipNet.
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