Sending Electronics US- Philippines & Relocating Furniture US-Philippines (Ohh Woes)

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Cargo container full of Balikbayan deliveries- shared from The Filipino Expat

This story starts with me wanting to ship a 27″ TV to the Philippines since Walmart and Best Buy had a pretty sweet deal for 24”-27” Flat screens under $140. I called my local Balikbayan cargo company like LBC to inquire about the electronics tax charge and sadly they are charging $50-100 tax fee on top of the shipping charges so that would be around $100-200.

Mind you the TV I’m planning to buy is around $99-110. That’s about less than PHP 5000. Supposedly as of October 2016 there is a new ACT that they are only to tax packages that are worth  PHP 10,000 and up- no more than $210 as of Oct 2016 exchange rates Continue reading

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Why you should secure your Balikbayan Box – A personal story

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Damaged Balikbayan box and a TSA inspection note

In a years time I think I post a total of 2 articles per year in regards to Balikbayan Box and packaging.
I know it seems redundant but my reason for this is due the ever changing trends and price increase when it comes to sending balikbayan boxes home.
Todays post is a great example on why I always emphasize on making sure you secure your box and its contents properly based on my recent Philippine trip experience. Continue reading

New Balikbayan Box Rates as of 2015-2016

A balikbayan box container from Alas Cargo

This is just a quick update.

I’m scheduled to travel again to the Philippines in a few weeks so my time is more or less juggling work and prepping up for my trip.  Which is great since I needed to take more video shots of the hotels I previously stayed last November being that my previous shots were unusable.

 

Normally I would get more than 5 months notice before I travel back home so I have time to send out a Balikbayan Box to our house in Manila. And on each time I always post an article on “How to Pack” and “Balikbayan Box Rates“.  I also add a disclaimer to check with your local Balikbayan Box shippers to check any changes in rates and unfortunately as of November 2015 sea cargo rates for Southern California has gone up due to changes in Philippines Custom Clearance. Continue reading

LBC Express Mini Balikibayan Box Air Mail Review

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Flyer for shipping electronics with LBC Air

For years I’ve constantly blogged and reviewed different Balikbayan cargo sites. My favorite being Alas Cargo located in National City just a little south of San Diego. However the  popular company most Filipino’s use here in the US would be LBC Express since they can  easily remit money and pay bills through their onsite & online services.

I’ve been tempted since last year to try out their air mail service which boasted a 7-10 day delivery time to Manila. Up until now, I didn’t had any reason to use it until a friend of mine needed some quick buys from Old Navy to be shipped to her. Continue reading

Shopping for Pasalubong. An Amateur Balikbayani’s Guide

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Pocky Pretzels from Japan

It’s less than 3 weeks before my flight to manila. I will be making a quick stop over in Tokyo and I plan to do a mini Blog about the wonderful airport facility there.

Lately I have been massively broke yet bombarded by request from friends and family for pasalubongs- Tagalog term for gifts.

Good thing we have the Marukai stores in San Diego, several branches of Japanese themed home stores and groceries with affordable and high quality gift items I can send back home.

I already bought some sake and tea spices for friends and family especially Roasted Buckwheat Tea.  I’m saving up for some Japanese KitKats and Oreos.

I did a quick video of the Marukai Market Stores that can give you some ideas on where to shop for Japanese Spices and Ramen so you can make one at home, also those awesome home tools that only Japan can think of.

This is really one of my favorite stores to shop and I bought some great home organizers already at their home and office supply section.

 

Spill Proofing and Sending Irregular Size Balikbayan Boxes

Balikbayan Boxes from Alas Cargo

Balikbayan Boxes from Alas Cargo

With all the news  bruhaha lately regarding the Philippine Bureau of Customs in regards to “random” inspections, confiscations and ridiculous taxing of OFW care packages/ Balikbayan boxes,  it’s no surprise that people are worried about how they can make sure their current or future Balikbayan Boxes will arrive safe to their intended recipients.  Above that there are new changes on the duration how long before a box will ship to the Philippines. Continue reading