By container or balikbayan boxes ?

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I used a container.  Cost was more or less $10,000. No particular hassles, save one deception on the part of the in country processor. The shipment was duty free and that only required a single visit to customs to get the necessary release.  

The shipment was door to door.  However, that means the in country guy has to handle some costs when using the original container during the in country portion.....from Manila to Leyte.  Typically the ocean going containers are of suitable quality to be allowed on the vessel.  In country, no such requirement, so it is common to transfer the load to "local" containers.  My shipment did NOT REQUIRE this transload, but I was unaware of this sort of detail.  So, the in country guy had the load transferred so he didn't have to pay the extra costs associated with the ocean going container.  

End result, the load was placed into a rusty container and moved here.  However, as it happened, no damage, no losses.  Just irritated me that I got manipulated (welcome!). 

If you do ship 110V items and use transformers, this is expensive with the electric bill no to mention the risks of having items fried by helpful people (plugs look exactly the same). 

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Another thought...I saw you were following the banca boat thread. I already talked about fishing gear but if you get your own boat and you're planning on fishing you may want to purchase necessary life preservers and sonar/GPS electronics there and ship them. I have not found good deals on these items in the Phils. 

Though, if another member has, I'd love to hear about it.

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