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How to Ship a Balikbayan Box to the Philippines: LBC International Shipping Service
My name is Lea and I am a Filipino who immigrated to the United States 17 years ago. Like most Filipinos, I needed to find a service to send food, clothes, and more back home to my family. I ended up trying two different shipping companies here in Michigan. One box took four months to be delivered and the other box arrived having been opened with some of its contents missing. I was unhappy with both companies and decided not to send any more boxes until i could find a better solution.
One day, I took a trip to Chicago to see some friends and was invited to a dinner. At that party, I met an LBC shipping agent, so of course I started telling him about my bad experience with shipping boxes. He then told me all about LBC, how safe it was to ship with them, and would I should give them a try. After talking for a while, I told him i might have an interest in becoming an agent, so he invited me to the company office in Chicago the next day. I was very impressed with the company and after the meeting was invited to to join them. Thats is how I became an LBC associate.
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What is a Balikbayan Box?
The Luzon Brokerage Co (LBC) was first established in the 1950s and is considered the leading Box shipping service in the Philippines, with over 600 branches nationwide. LBC has become a trusted household name throughout the Philippines and around the globe. The Balikbayan Box, or "return to homeland box," is a large box that is filled with necessities and gifts for loved ones in the Philippines. Typical things sent home include electronics, food, clothing, toiletries, toys, and chocolates
LBC offers guaranteed regular cargo-ship departure to ensure a timely delivery. Most deliveries are made within eight to ten weeks from the time they are shipped from the USA, Delivery areas throughout the Philippines include Metro Manila, Luzon, and Mindanao. Safe and secure, agents pick up and deliver your boxes door-to-door, ensuring that they are received by your loved ones safely.
My experience as an LBC agent over the last five years has taught me that there are many good Box shipping companies out there. However, you need to be careful because there are many companies that are blacklisted by the Filipino government because they have failed to deliver their boxes. Some of these companies will advertise very low door-to-door rates then fail to remit the necessary funds to their freight counterparts in the Philippines, causing the boxes to be abandoned at a port and not delivered.
I can honestly say that in the last five years, I have not had one box lost or reported opened with items missing. In cases where boxes were delayed it was usually due to consignee address errors by the sender. Addresses can be difficult to find back home, so be careful to write the address correctly and legibly on the box and always include a written PH# on the box.
There are many factors that go into your box, making it safely to the Philippines.
- It all starts with the agent who drives out to pick up your box.
- Boxes are then stored by the agent until enough are collected to be put into shipping containers.
- Then they are sent by rail or trucked to shipping ports where they are loaded aboard ships and sent on to their destination.
There are many things that can affect the delivery time of your boxes.
- U.S. Homeland Security and their counter parts in the Philippines have both in recent years stepped up random searches of containers causing delays.
- Weather can affect shipping times especially during typhoon season.
- Be sure to declare and pay any necessary duty before your boxes leave the States in case your boxes get inspected when they arrive in the Philippines, that way your family members will not get stuck having to pay customs duties to claim their boxes.
Every box you send comes with basic $200.00 insurance coverage for loss or damage. Additional insurance coverage may be purchased prior to shipping.
Shipped via Container to Port
If you want to send large items to the Philippines, like a large flat-screen television or a reclining chair, we can help. Give us a call with the exact box dimensions and we will provide you with a price quote.
Pack your box carefully.
- I recommend lining your box with a plastic bag, this keeps any moisture from getting in and keeps any liquid you might have put in the box from spilling out.
- Put clothing and any breakable liquid containers in separate bags inside the box.
- Keep empty space to a minimum and stuff pockets with bubble wrap or clothes. This will keep everything in the box from banging together.
- When sending candy, clothes, and toys to the kids, it's a good idea to label all the gifts by name so when the box is opened they don't have to figure out who gets what.
Shipping guidelines taping and packing.
- Tape all seams securely with high-quality clear box tape.
- Do not overstuff the box to the point the dimensions of the box changes. You do not want to risk the rejection of your box at the shipping center.
- Secure all fragile items with bubble wrap and place in the center of box.
- You must write the complete name, address, and phone number of both the sender and recipient. Make sure they are clearly visible and not covered with tape.