Due to stricter custom inspection regulation on all Balikbayan Boxes to the Philippines, delivery time may be between days to Manila or in some cases 55 days. And Days to the provinces. Custom Inspections are random and can hold batches of shipment in either US or Philippine shipping dock up to 2 weeks.
When a vacationing Filipino visits the Philippines, she uses the same box as a luggage alternative packed with native souvenirs and presents they have bought for themselves. Even with the advent of online shopping in which family members can now send gifts through local stores in the metro, other relatives that live far in the rural provinces often rely on getting these care packages-sometimes with some cash through Philippine forwarding cargo companies.
Areas like New York, Chicago and Florida may take about days for the boxes to arrive since they need to be sent to the Los Angeles shipping hub. I live in San Diego, California which have several Balikbayan forwarders. What I like about them are their option of several box sizes. Last March I sent out a small care package back to my friends in Makati containing items they can only purchase here in the US.
When packaging your balikbayan box, several things you need to make sure of are: Pack the box tight so that it would not bend or dent when another box is on top of it 3. Securing fragile items with foam, bubble wrap or other protective casing, so as they would not crack or break during its month long journey 4. Clear labeling of who you are sending your BB box to 6.
Do not send anything that will spoil or is perishable. Most companies have online tracking that will assist you in tracking your boxes. I was concerned with the box getting wet and soggy from the outside even though I had a pretty thick box , so I lined the bottom of my box with plastic then bubble wrap for extra cushion. I did the same later on the sides and the top of the box before sealing.
In this case I used masking tape to wrap around the bottle caps and placed them in ziplock bags as extra precaution.
If the bottle is made of fragile or breakable material- make sure to wrap it in protective bubble wrap or foam padding. She also ordered some fragile accessories from Amazon, and I just used the original packaging and additional bubble wrap to secure her items. It was by good luck I was sending out some towels and bed sheets that helped with the extra cushioning of the container. After doing a checklist of every item in the box, and video call with my friend so that she can see that her purchases are intact, I placed a plastic lining on top of the packages, tucking it in the sides of inner layer of the balikbayan box to protect it from moisture.
Then I securely sealed and double sealed the box with packing tape and masking tape. Even sealing the corners in case water from outside seeps in. I made sure that her name and address are written clearly on each side of the box and clear taped over the words so that it was waterproofed. I shipped the box on March 29th.
This is the first time my friends used Balikbayan Boxing to deliver items from Amazon and they were happy with the results and we plan to do another one come November when there are a bunch of sales. For those interested in finding Balikbayan door to door forwarder in San Diego here are a few I know of.
You can also check with local Filipino Groceries for recommendations of other door to door cargo companies or advertisements in Philippine Newspaper Publications throughout the US. Atlas Cargo E. Chula Vista, CA Rommel — Other East Coast Resources http: Hello- I found your site very helpful. Please let me know. I need to change the address of my sister Marciana Quintana P. Samonte Park, Cavite City. Thank you for all the good things that you do!!! What do I put on the package to make you it gets to the right person?
What do I put on the package to make sure it gets to the right person? When you go to the balikbayan couriers they give you a form to fill up where you can write the address.
As for the box itself just do it like you write a letter. Juan Pinoy Kubo St. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. A balikbayan box container from Alas Cargo.
Properly and carefully packaging your Balikbayan Box. Securing the bottle cap to prevent bottles from leaking during transport. Since its Bakasyon season, time to do a reblog.
Im sorry you need to call the Cargo company. I dont work for them. I send 2 balikbayan box thru lbc it left LA last apr 4 and until now still in korea port. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.More...