Shipping to Philippines Cheaply Travel Tip

Shipping to Philippines Cheaply Travel Tip
Balikbayan Boxes in the Philippines is a special box targeted at Philippines people to ship large amounts of goods back to the Philippines.
(Maybe to the USA also?)

This is probably a great tip for Expats moving to the Philippines; maybe you want to forward this post to your friends moving here.

There are insider travel tips to all countries, this is maybe a Philippines one, I was just given a glimpse of the story, and I do not know the whole story. Maybe readers can explain better, I am not a Filipino insider, I am an outsider.



Balikbayan Box Philippines

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Buy gear recommended by Andy

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An old lady who sits by the pool reading multiple books told me about this Balikbayan box. She has lived in the Philippine for 30 years and is an insider. And as is normal assumes I live in the Philippines and have studied this place in a fearful, I need to know way. I am a tourist, I do not live here, the Expats do not meet many foreign tourists so this confuses the Expats frame of reference when they meet tourist.

Questions for readers
Where do I get the Balikbayan box?
Is this cheaper or just a marketing scheme?
Is this just same as normal container shipping or special?
Can I get hard to ship items in the country easier, for example items that would normally be stopped by customs?
How long does it take, weeks, months?
Is it truly safe?
Give me a list of shipping companies that specialize in these Balikbayan boxes.
Maybe to the USA also? - If a discount and customs bypal, this is a good import export tip...? (I do not recommend starting business in the Philippines, the country is clever to the level of thieves.)

Thanks in advance to readers, and thanks to Wikipedia.org, the first wonder of the world, the greatest advance in human understanding and knowledge in the last 200 years.

WIKIPEDIA EXPLAINS BALIKBAYAN BOX
A balikbayan box (literally returnee's to one's homeland box) is a ubiquitous cardboard box containing any number of small items and sent by an overseas Filipino known as a "balikbayan". Though often shipped by freight forwarders specializing in balikbayan boxes by sea, such boxes can be brought by Filipinos returning to the Philippines by air.[1]

These boxes might contain nearly anything that can fit and that the sender thinks the recipient would like, regardless of whether those items can be bought cheaply in the Philippines, such as non-perishable food, toiletries, household items, electronics, toys, designer clothing, or items hard to find in the Philippines.[2]

A balikbayan box intended for air travel is designed to conform to airline luggage restrictions and many Filipino stores carry them. Some boxes come with a cloth cover and side handles. Others are tightly secured with tape or rope, and thus not confused with an ordinary moving box more lightly wrapped.

Shipped boxes are delivered directly to the recipient, nearly always the family of the overseas Filipino.

Part of the attraction of the balikbayan box is economic. If the items were sent individually or in smaller boxes through postal services, the cost could be significant. The tradeoff is a long transit time by container ships, typically taking several weeks, and the lack of a solid delivery date.

Another part of the attraction is the cultural expectation that returning travelers will bring gifts to family, friends and colleagues left behind in the Philippines. In this way, it is related to the practice of "pasalubong"

BalikBayan Box on Wikipedia.org

Shipping to Philippines Cheaply Travel Tip

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