Wednesday, September 2, 2015

When you pack your Balikbayan Box

Well I send already my BB Box I am sure it well arrive there safely. I had a  discounts for  it since I sent 3 boxes on. The price per box is good  in the entire state and is very fair, competitive and set at the lowest rate  It  has  never had a price increase its the same price since I lived in America the price are the same even couple of years ago.I thankful I have many clothes from me and My kid also he has many outgrow shirts to give it to his cousins the rest is house stuff and many more.

When packaging your balikbayan box, several things you need to make sure of are
1. Box should be sturdy
2. 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. Using good packaging tape like duct/masking tape or shippers tape
5. Clear labeling of who you are sending your BB box to
6. Do not send anything that will spoil or is perishable was concerned with the box getting wet and soggy from the outside  even though  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 it.

Balikbayan  Boxes can be bought at Filipino groceries and door to door cargo offices worldwide and are delivered by the cargo forwarders company within a 30-40 -50  day period and a 10-15 for air cargo. This is much  faster than relying on Philippine Postal delivery time.

In the California, it takes about 28-35 days for the Balikbayan Box to ship to the Philippines and give another 2-3 days  because they are shipped literally via sea cargo.  Areas like New York, Chicago and Florida may take about 45-48 days for the boxes to arrive since they need to be sent to the Los Angeles shipping.

Depending on which country an OFW lives and company that does the cargo forwarding, delivery rates and limitations differ. One door to door cargo company  charges about $55.00. In the US, if you live in the West Coast, most cargo companies may charge between $40.00-60.00 while states like New York, Illinois and Florida can charge you up to $70.00 minimum since they deliver all the boxes to a port in Los Angeles.
The most popular used company of choice is LBC  which has branch locations in the UAE, USA, UK, Japan, and even Canada whose services also extends from cargo delivery to money and bank remittances


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