Most people, once they make the decision to move to the Philippines, will want to bring some, if not all, of their belongings with them from their old home to their new home here. Everybody wants to be surrounded by the comforts of home!
Most likely you will have to bring–depending on how much stuff you want to transport–a household shipment in a container. If it’s just a few things, you may want to pack them up in a series of Balikbayan boxes and ship them that way, but if there is furniture involved, you’ll need the help of a moving company. No doubt you will have a good idea of who you want to use from your point of origin in your home country, but it is a good idea to contact a reliable local moving company to receive your goods on this end. We suggest that you contact one or more of the companies on the following list to get an idea of what is involved.
The companies mentioned below were, in most part, started by expats and continue to employ native English speakers who have been in the Philippines for a long time, so it is easier to communicate your needs with them. These companies also come recommended by ELRAP members who have previously done business with them, and as such, we know them to be reliable, very competent, and professional.
Km. 18 West Service Road,
South Superhighway, Sucat, Paranaque City, Philippines
Postal: P.O. Box 8174, Parañaque Central Post Office, Parañaque City, 1700, Philippines Tel: (632) 822-1123 Fax: (632) 823-5263
N4 JY & Sons Compound Veterans Center , Taguig 1631, Metro Manila, Philippines Phone: (632) 837-0932 Fax: (632) 838-4835
1234 Villonco Road, Sucat Parañaque City, Philippines Tel: +632-809-5808
Balikbayan boxes can be shipped into the Philippines from pretty much anywhere in the world that there is a large population of Filipinos. Balikbayan boxes usually come in three sizes (measured in inches): 20 x 20 x 20; 22 x 22 x 22; and the largest, 24 x 24 x 24. The box itself can be obtained at almost any Asian grocery store where, again, there is a big population of Filipinos.
The boxes are shipped by volume, not by weight, so you can almost literally put anything in there (no contraband please!), tape the box up securely, and contact your balikbayan box shipper to pick it up from your address abroad. The balikbayan box will be sent, for a set price, usually around US$70.00 per box if coming from the west coast of the United States, to an address in the Philippines “door to door”, customs and duties included. If you have five boxes, often, the sixth box is either free or you can get a big discount on shipping it.
The boxes go to a freight consolidator who, when they have the requisite number of boxes (from many people) duly accumulated, will load them into a container bound for the Philippines. The normal shipping time is about eight weeks.
Balikbayan boxes are only shipped INBOUND to the Philippines; I don’t know of anybody who ships them out of the Philippines.
To contact balikbayan box shipping outfits in your area, go to the web and type in “balikbayan box shipping” and the name of the major city closest to you. In addition, obtain a Filipino newspaper at your local Asian grocery (keep that big Filipino population thing in mind) and look in there for the advertisements for balikbayan box shipping companies. A good link to look at for balikbayan box shippers in your area: http://twentyfive.hubpages.com/hub/Best-and-Cheapest-Balikbayan-Box-Shippers-in-the-World-Best-International-Shipping