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On 8/4/2020 at 3:56 AM, sierra01 said:

I'd  like to send a couple of boxes to my GF in Mandaue, is it possible  to send them as Balikbayan boxes or is that only for Filipinos?

Next year, covid permitting, I'll  be retiring there, and will have household and personal stuff to ship.

I'm confused regarding regulations of sending the boxes, even a Filipino  friend isn't  100% certain.

The law says only OFW can use. In reality anyone can . No questions asked.

Last year the government tried to enforce the law. That lasted for about a month. Now its business as usual 😊

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Received 15 BB boxes today in Masbate. Picked up by Imerex in Saudi on December 20, shipped as sea freight. Two months by sea isn't bad, especially since it arrived in Manila on Feb 1 and the rest of

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Two years ago sent 23 bb boxes when moving here. Took 3 months from FL to my door outside Davao. No problems, none opened. I would know, used titebond to glue the top and bottom of the boxes, a lot of tape and put contents in large plastic bags so if someone else's boxes leaked would not get into mine. Addressed to my girlfriend and even changed delivery address in route.

Like you, I worried about the whole process. Went as smooth as could be. At the time Phillipine Customs wanted a detailed inventory of each box's contents. My shipper said to just be general, I did. Bedroom on a couple, kitchen on a few, garden on a few more, etc. Don't worry.The only thing that might not go as planned is the shipping time due to covid. But I worry a lot.

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Ok thank you everyone, I was going over at the end of this month but my flights have been cancelled, I've  got 3 carrier bags full of bits and pieces I've been collecting  over the last year for her that would have gone in my cases but that won't happen now.  I'll fill a big box with the bags and UK  foods she likes and just send it BB and hope for the best. 

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On 8/4/2020 at 4:49 AM, SkyMan said:

Anyone can send, it's probably best if a filipino receives.

My wife is still working in the U.S. and sends boxes to my name here all the time. Before moving here we used to send boxes from my name to my sister-in-law.

On 8/4/2020 at 7:33 AM, Jester said:

Keeping in mind that no matter what you send or who sends it or who receives it.  You are definitely, breaking a law, rule or custom  .

BB box contents add up to a noticeable amount of money.   We do not try to sneak anything valuable or important in the box's.   Have been sending for 13 years so far with no issues.   We do stick with LBC, in general they are more expensive.  But we have never had an issue so worth the extra money too us! 

Do not know how the virus is affecting shipping now??

 

The virus has not affected LBC shipping times for BB boxes to any noticeable degree.

No matter the contents, my wife has always just put "household items" as the content description. We have never had any problem with shipping with that descriptor.

On 8/4/2020 at 7:06 PM, sierra01 said:

Do boxes have to be sent by a filipino to avoid taxes and what not?  I've  also read the boxes have to be sent to family, friends don't count.

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13 hours ago, BossHog said:

I've had very different experiences with Balikbayan boxes. They ALWAYS ask for you to stand next to the boxes holding up your ID and they then photograph you and the boxes and your ID. And I've shipped hundreds. 

I get 5 to 10 boxes a year including things for the farm and have never had my picture taken, in fact they have taken anybody's signature as proof of delivery.

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Does anyone have any recent experiences with sending and receiving balikbayan boxes with the pandemic happening?any changes?I want to send several balikbayan boxes to Cebu and Mindanao.Thanks in advance.

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No - not with BB boxes but with the courier companies. 
Everything appears to be working fine except for domestic movement delays due to (I think) load aggregation (to better comply with Covid restrictions). 
 

Since the BB companies probably do load aggregation anyway, I doubt there would be any noticeable impact on their shipping times. 
 

Your chosen company (LBC etc) would be better placed to tell you if they expect any issues as a result of Covid. 
 

The picture taken with boxes etc on delivery (mentioned above) is done by a few of the courier companies as part of their contactless proof of delivery process. I don’t think I’d be too fussed about that. 

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My wife sent a balikbayan box to Cebu City from New Jersey on October 15, 2020 using Will Xpress. We use Will Xpress for sending boxes because they have no weight limit. It's a flat $80 per box. I will post here again when the box arrives at its destination in Cebu City.

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On 6/8/2010 at 3:38 PM, broden said:

anyone who's looking for a sender, at least in the states, and can't find one or would just like to shop around, head to your local asian stores and ask them many of them are also senders or they will likely be able to point you to one

Been trying that route  - contacting them on FB from here - no go so far - kid's very busy this time of year.

Anyone dealt with a carrier near Rockford IL, Janesville Wi?

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7 hours ago, liquido said:

Sent a box on Oct 23 from Chicago area to Bohol..Received in Bohol Dec 15...Not bad.

http://atlasshippers.com/

Thanks, kid working 4 and  shifts (12 hours) in a row - too many cops out with virus.  Size and cost?

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The reviews surprise me.  I've used them once for somewhat expensive items and all arrived ok.  I've mentioned them on another group on fb and no one has complained.

As you found the sea cargo rate for a full box is not a lot higher than a regular box rate but the you do small items and not have to fill a whole box.

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50 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

The reviews surprise me.  I've used them once for somewhat expensive items and all arrived ok.  I've mentioned them on another group on fb and no one has complained.

As you found the sea cargo rate for a full box is not a lot higher than a regular box rate but the you do small items and not have to fill a whole box.

I used them on 20 Nov, large BB box packed with mid-expensive items, heavy items and shipped by air. Received 10 Dec. $ 300 includes vat and shipping fees. You will have to include the price of each item in your box as a packing list.

If your shipping the traditional large BB box by sea, from an authorized rep in a city, It was 80-100 dollars last time I did it and it took 3-months to get to relatives. No packing list or Vat.  It’s supposed to be used by relatives of Filipinos to send stuff home from what I remember.

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9 minutes ago, Soupeod said:

I used them on 20 Nov, large BB box packed with mid-expensive items, heavy items and shipped by air. Received 10 Dec. $ 300 includes vat and shipping fees. You will have to include the price of each item in your box as a packing list.

Yeah, air cargo is by weight so you have to want it fast.  Sea cargo by volume and unlimited weight.  Of course, they are strict on restricted items so no car parts, tires, etc.

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