Wherever OFWs or Filipino immigrants are, you can find convenience store filled with foods we are familiar with.
Ironically, Filipinos love to eat local foods from the Philippines. And they send imported foods to their loved ones back home. How? Through balikbayan box that are shipped by accredited freight forwarders across the globe.
How to Get a Balikbayan Box
Before you get a balikbayan box, decide first what size of the box do you want. The balikbayan box sizes are typically regular and small box.
Some forwarders have medium size and promos. In 54 countries, Filipinos can find accredited freight forwarders that provide then ship the balikbayan boxes to the Philippines.
How to Save on Sending Balikbayan Box to the Philippines
The shipping rate to Manila is cheaper than any other destination of the balikbayan box. If you want to ship the box to a province you’ll have to pay more regardless of the freight forwarders you choose.
You’re not out of luck yet. There’s still a way to save. Ask the forwarders if they have a promo, let’s say out of shipping five boxes, one is free of charge.
Or choose to send a small balikbayan box. It is easier to fill up and you’ll be more intentional of what to put inside the box instead of grabbing whatever items are on sale. (Do you really need to send bags of white sugar. Brown has more nutritional value yet a bit pricey.)
Find Your Accredited Freight Forwarders
What’s the use of filling up the box when it will get lost between the origin and destination. So this is the most important takeaway: Choose an accredited freight forwarders.
From these links, you can choose any forwarders accredited by DTI (Department of Trade and Industry).