How to ship belongings from US to Philippines?

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Shipped with this company for years. Never lost or broken anything of mine. Nothing was opened by customs in the US or the Philippines. Competitive prices and great service. Forexworld every time!

Now this information is from 6 Years ago when I moved to the Philippines from California in 2008 I was able to ship most of my personal belongings via Manila Forwarders using 2x2x2 foot boxes that is the largest box they ship weight does not matter the cost was 118USD door to door service it is shipped via container ocean freight there for it take 30days from California to Manila then it is trucked to your residence. One can call them and ask for them to deliver the box sizes you will need after you pack and label them call for pickup and they will strap them and load on the truck and off it goes. Great price and great service they are USA wide you can Google them for their contact numbers toll free. Hope that helps. Take Care and MaBuhay to the Philippines

What is the proper way to do the labels?  Can the writing be hand written or must one do labels that are printed?  Also, how does one list what's in the boxes and what is not allowed to be shipped?

I agree with Davao Bruce.  There are some trucking companies here in the U.S. that are shipping pods.  A 8 foot fiberglass by 4 foot by 6 tall box. They drop it off in your yard and you load it. They pick it up on the 4th day to ship.  But there is a high tax in the Philippines unless it is in your wifes name. As she is Philippian. And she does the paper work as a citizen there for it.

try new york phil port  gargo its cheap and u can send ut things to philippiens only takes 40 days to be in philippines

My suggestion, Just buy everything in Philippines, by paying P100K to P200K, must well buy all the stuff here.

Can anybody tell me if there is a age restriction on shipping a can am commander over there also any idea on about how much it would cost {Rough guess } we are planning to move over there in a few years   Thanks

Is it pretty expensive to ship a utv or atv to the Philippines

robhankins :

I am contemplating retirement in the Phils. I am married to a filipina. Does anyone know how best (cheapest) to send personal belongings to the Phils?

Hello there! I think I can help you in your importation of personal belonging in Philippines. Can you give more details? Do you want to send it via air or sea? What is the volume of your goods?

Used household goods and personal effects are allowed to be imported into the Philippines but the tax and duty exemption amount varies depending on the type of passport and visa the client has.

You mentioned that you're married to Filipina. Are you a holder of 13(a) visa in the Philippines- Foreign spouse or child of a Filipino residing in the country permanently. If yes, you are lucky! You are full exempted from paying duties and taxes. You just need to submit the following requirements:
- Original passport
- Alien Certificate of Registration card
- Copy of Proof of Residency - Purchase of land or house property
- Copy of Marriage Contract
Please also see below other persons who is entitled to full exemption from duties and taxes.

Foreigners with a permanent residence 13-g visa, work visa 9-g, investor’s visa, non-immigrant visa 47- a2 and retiree visas are entitled to full exemption of tax and duties. Those with visitor visa 9-a are not entitled to exemption of household goods thus are subject to 30% duty and 12% tax.

Effective Immediately: Those applying for or extending the 9-g visa must have an approved AEP. Those applying for extensions or renewals should do so 2 months in advance of the expiration date. Applications for grace periods will not be accepted without an approved AEP

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I am happy to help you.

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maintman :

Is it pretty expensive to ship a utv or atv to the Philippines

Yes. because you need to pay duties and taxes plus Excise tax.

That was awesome advice! Thanks!

-JohnnyBravo- :

That was awesome advice! Thanks!

Thanks! If you have other questions in importing items in Philippines. I can really help or give some advice! :-)

Could you give me an idea how much it would cost me to move furniture and goods, 3br home, from San Francisco to Manila? Thanks!

Hi Vivian (Vivianrok),
Could you send me more details so I can provide full information for your goods to be shipped from San Francisco to Manila. xxx.

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Best way to ship household goods is thru Forex and/ or LBC right at the front door of your Philippines destination.

I would check and see how diligent Philippine customs are inspecting that carriers  shipments, and if the carriers have a representative on hand to stop the pilfering of your goods. It was shown on the nightly news of a store in Manila who reportedly is paying 6000 peso's for each box bought from the customs people.

Ponani -

Very helpful thoughts and just what I needed to hear.

I'm currently in Portland Oregon packing up to move to the Philippines in a few months. Some nice pieces of comfortable furniture, kitchen appliances, etc. would be nice to have but I probably not worth the headache and expense. I'm familiar with LBC in the Philippines, does anyone have a recommendation for a balikbayan shipper located in Portland Oregon?

Hello Rob.

Depending on which part of the US you are, it would help you find the right forwarder.  You need 2 things here (1) a forwarder and (2) a local filipino broker to help you clear your stuff.

See the 2 links below, I hope one comes handy.  I've dealt with orient freight and they're very good.  They can move FCL (full container load) or LCL (less than container load / break bulk) loads.  The price is competitive and they're very trust worthy.  They do US > Philippines consignment.

Very important for you to get the right customs broker who knows how to declare your stuff properly as personal effects so you won't get burdened with import taxes.

Good Luck.

robhankins :

I am contemplating retirement in the Phils. I am married to a filipina. Does anyone know how best (cheapest) to send personal belongings to the Phils?

Balikbayan, LBC ... are not professional movers and therefor, your belongings will be at risks.
For peace of mind, contact Asia Relocation Philippines, they will coordinate for you with their agent at origin to visit you and discuss your needs so a proper door to door quote can be offered.

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