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I went to Cleveland, OH, last month.  Looked for a BB Box guy before I went and found Sugarland Food Mart online (http://sugarlandfoodmart.com/sugarland_food_mart).  I called them and spoke to the proprietor and specifically mentioned the DTI article.  He gave me the name of his freight forwarding company, Carl Express (http://carlexpress.com/), so I checked them out, too.  Went down there on a Monday morning and bought a box for 5$ (18" x 18" x 28").  Found the closest WalMart, put the box in a shopping cart and pulled out the honey-get list.  Forty-five minutes and $400 later I was back at Sugarland taping up the box.  Shipping was $105 to Mindanao.  Once I got back to Surigao, I emailed Carl's and asked status.  They were prompt in their reply.  It's on a boat right now and they say I should have it here before Xmas.

 

The last 5 or 6 boxes I've shipped were out of a gal's garage in Albuquerque, NM.  I found her online.  She's filipina (both parents Pinoy) but has never been to the Philippines and doesn't speak the language.  She uses Forex as her freight forwarder. $5 per box, $120 to ship (18" x 18" x 24").  One thing I learned with this lady and Forex is that the box is the same size as a U-Haul jumbo shipping box.  Being a 3-hour drive from ABQ, I found it much easier to buy U-Haul boxes locally, fill them up and take them down rather than make a separate trip just to get boxes.  She also has a banding tool that she secures the boxes with.  Very nice.  I like Forex because you can track the shipment online.  Carl's doesn't have that option.

 

I have, in my house, 4 BB boxes waiting for the owner to show up.  He shipped from Johnson City, TN and used LBC.  I'm not sure what he paid for shipping.  LBC has online tracking, too.

 

BB Box folks are all over the country.  But you have to be diligent and make sure they and their shippers are legit before you go throwing lots of money into them.

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I found a company in Bergenfield, NJ called RDR Cargo doing BB Boxes for $35 to the Visayas. Box size is 28" x 18" x 17" ($4.00 from them) They have to be dropped off at their location, but you can d

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GO TO BERGENFIELD!!!

 

 

The one in NC called me back and gave me all the info, they use the same boxes so I'm just going to pack up the car and go there. It's 70 a box including the box from NC and I'll save at least 6-7 hours driving. It'll take an extra week to get there though but I don't really have the time. Thanksgiving coming up and I'm flying out on Saturday.

 

Thanks for all the info though. When we get back to the US we will do it from NJ but I'm just sending 2 boxes. I'll spend the difference on gas unless I find a reason to fill up 2-3 more boxes by tomorrow haha.

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yes, it seems to be the "standard" size box for the NJ area. Both Global Cargo & RDR Cargo use the same size.

 

They sell the boxes in NJ for $4 each, might be slightly hiring through an agent.

 

Also the $45 to Visayas is ONLY with drop off in NJ, probably $100 plus to use agent.

 

Typically I wait until I can stuff 3 or more boxes and make it a worthwhile trip.

 

I dropped off 4 boxes on Saturday 10/5. They were shipped to port, container stuffed and enroute on 10/11, eta to Manila is 12/01.

 

Keeping fingers crossed they arrive by Christmas, typically they deliver with 5-7 days of arriving in Manila.

4 boxes shipped 10/05

 

eta to manila was 12/01

 

all 4 boxes delivered today Sunday 12/11

 

Christmas has been upgraded to probable

 

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I turned in my boxes in NC before I flew out at the end of Nov. I'm guessing they got to wherever they ship out from there sometime in the first week of December. The shipper was very nice, ships the boxes out from their home a truckload at a time, once a week. I shipped 4 boxes=300 dollars.

The problem for me is that it's March and I still don't have my boxes. I'll be calling them as soon as I can but I don't like calling people late. I'll just have to wake up at 3-4am in the next day or two.

When I was there I was told that the shipments all go straight to Cebu from the US and should be faster than going through Manila, then to Cebu, and I live here in Iloilo. Maybe it's just slow getting things from Cebu to Iloilo and then delivered across Iloilo to where we live. It's  been 90+ days and I've heard that sometimes it takes longer. I just want to know that my boxes aren't lost so I'll ask for some tracking info.

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Did they give you tracking numbers?  With most places you can check online if a legit service.

It's possible they've been sitting in Cebu for awhile waiting for a truck to your area to fill up.

To add: look online for a PI phone number for the company, then you're in their time zone.

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Update. Boxes through Global are still $45 to Mindanao. Boxes themselves are now $5. Can't beat the price. Global now has more offices and I am shipping out of Jacksonville. Main office is still NJ. Plus they answer the phone ! LBC in Jacksonville does not. Screw them.                       Shipping TVs are not so cheap, $193 or 4.through Global.

 

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That is  cheap.   LBC Large box 24X18X18, pay for first box and every time you ship box it is replaced for free.  LBC agent picks up at house.  Oh poopies, can't find price but is at least twice what you are paying.  In 10 years never had a box gone through or gone missing or been auctioned off  with LBC.

There is another company around that is about a 1/3 cheaper, but don't feel like checking them out.  

By the time I drive from Ft Myers to NJ to drop off box, their willl not be much savings.  

 

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4 hours ago, Jester said:

That is  cheap.   LBC Large box 24X18X18, pay for first box and every time you ship box it is replaced for free.  LBC agent picks up at house.  Oh poopies, can't find price but is at least twice what you are paying.  In 10 years never had a box gone through or gone missing or been auctioned off  with LBC.

There is another company around that is about a 1/3 cheaper, but don't feel like checking them out.  

By the time I drive from Ft Myers to NJ to drop off box, their willl not be much savings.  

 

Headquarters is in NJ, branch office in Jacksonville, Fl. A bit closer to Ft. Myers!

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23 hours ago, wondersailor said:

Headquarters is in NJ, branch office in Jacksonville, Fl. A bit closer to Ft. Myers!

Great now it is only a 6 hour drive and I can take the wife to Jollibee again !  IMG_0005.JPG.82b6945e537f0e2c37aca01b46374008.JPG

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$100.00 from Denver, Colorado. $5.00 for large box. They used to have a smaller box that was cheaper to send, but they discontinued sending them about a year ago. The Mrs. can load them up to the max where you need a hand truck to get them out to the garage. I don't know how those poor guys can pick them up. 

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At least when they are too heavy to carry they are also too heavy to throw.

I didn't even try to send any boxes when I was home for 4 months this time since it seems that they've changed the rules and it's not really guaranteed anymore that you'll get all your stuff without it being gone through.

Has anybody had problems with the new rules?

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At least when they are too heavy to carry they are also too heavy to throw.
I didn't even try to send any boxes when I was home for 4 months this time since it seems that they've changed the rules and it's not really guaranteed anymore that you'll get all your stuff without it being gone through.
Has anybody had problems with the new rules?
I've sent 6 boxes on 3 different trips.

2 box & 1 box orders arrived in 5 weeks each with no issue.

3 boxes were shipped 3 weeks ago, eta is in 2 or 3 weeks, I assume no issues again.

The company I use, Global Cargo Logistics, loads to Cebu direct so no running through the sticky hands in Manila.

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