Balikbayan Box Travels Across The Ocean


Big package ready to ship.
Big package.  Balikbayan Box.

It’s been a month now and the big package you are seeing is still in transit.  The package is containing personal effects which include used and new clothing, bath essentials, and personal care stuff.  These things are for my family and some friends in the Philippines.  At least once a year, my husband and I send a package to them especially to my nieces and nephews.  We call it Balikbayan Box literally means “repatriate box”.  I can imagine happy faces when the kids get their gifts every time a Balikbayan Box from us arrives. These type of packages are shipped and carried by a cargo vessel.  So they go sailing by across the ocean for more than four weeks.

Below are the three cargo companies/agents I tried over the years.

Forex Cargo, Inc.

When my husband and I were living in Fort Worth, a Filipino friend recommended Forex Cargo, Inc. to me while we’re at a party.  I was very excited to ship my very first Balikbayan Box to my family in the Philippines.  What I liked about Forex is that, they pick up the packages at our house. After a month from shipping, my packages arrived at the port of Manila.  My family received them about a week after.  Depending on some good situations, Forex delivers the packages in about a month after the actual vessel loading.  But shipping rates had become a little pricey now.

PNB Remittance Center (Philippine National Bank)

So after trying Forex Cargo, Inc.’s service, we switched to PNB Remittance Center’s cargo shipping.  They were offering this service to their bank/remittance customers.  We had to take the packages to their office though.  The shipping rates were a quite affordable.  The transit duration is about two months.

LBC Express

Then last year, one of my friends told me to try LBC Express Cargo.  The shipping rates are cheaper plus the agent picks up the packages once they’re ready.  I went ahead and gave it a try last year.  The package I sent mid-October arrived December before Christmas.  The shipping rates are reasonable.  I paid $75 Large Box going to the Visayas, which is $20 cheaper than the other sea cargo service I tried.

I have a good experience with LBC Express so far.  Hopefully, the packages that are currently in transit will be delivered safe and sound by end of May.

Holiday Gifts Are On Their Way To The Philippines

My family surely is anxious to receive the Balikbayan Box or package I shipped for the Holidays.  I wrapped and packed the holiday gifts immediately so the my husband could tape the box and have it picked up within this month.

I know it is still early to check the status of my shipment but according to, my package is already loaded in the container.  I believe the containers will be in the cargo vessel by end of this month and head to the Philippines.  We are looking forward for the package to be delivered to my folks back home while we are there for our month-long vacation.

Better Late Than Never

‘Got a present from my co-employee today. Well, C said that her birthday gift for me will be delayed because she has to have it shipped to her. I wondered what it was until I opened the gift this evening. It’s a t-shirt with Sailor Moon print on it and a sweater. My, I did not expect she will give me these. It’s a late present but, truly, I am surprised. I guess she got the idea of Sailor Moon when we talked about anime shows that I love watching on television when I was younger. And Sailor Moon was one of them.

Thank you so much C for the present. I appreciate your being so nice to me. Of course, you and K are sweet girls.

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