We all know that even if it is just a t-shirt or a small bottle of perfume, every item we put on our balikbayan box is wrapped in loving thoughts and care. We would certainly be disappointed if they don’t make it to the intended occasion. No matter how your much effort your forwarders put on ensuring that your balikbayan boxes will arrive on time, there are circumstances beyond our control that can delay the arrival of your boxes. That’s why we at LVM Cargo always advise our clients to know the schedule of pick up and always send your balikbayan boxes on time.
If you are regularly shipping balikbayan boxes especially for special occasions, it’s wise to do it early. Here are 5 reasons why it is important to plan early book your boxes on time.
1. Allows enough time for shopping and filling up your boxes
It’s not easy to fill up a big box, especially if you send them regularly. By planning the contents that you will put in your
balikbayan box well ahead of time, you can take advantage of the sale seasons to fill up your boxes. You can also quantify how many items can go in the box, especially the big items,
so you don’t need to leave behind the some things you already bought for your loved ones. Be aware of the size and weight capacity of your boxes.
2. Avoid the rush in packing
If your pick up schedule is the next day and you’ll only pack the night before, chances are some items will be improperly packed. Bottles of liquid, like lotions, perfumes and shampoos, must be taped and securely fastened to avoid spilling during transit. Thin boxes of chocolates or cookies must also be reinforced to prevent deformation or bursting. In addition to this, we might also need to put individual names for whom the contents of the box is intended for. This also takes a lot of time to do. Give yourself at least one whole weekend to secure and properly pack your balikbayan boxes with a legibly filled up pack list for documentation.
3. Avoid box bump off
Sometimes containers may be overbooked especially during peak season. In some cases, balikbayan boxes may not be be loaded in the container. You can avoid this by booking for pick up well ahead of time. Make sure that your boxes are among the first ones to be picked up rather than among the last ones. Early scheduling assures you that your precious gifts will make it on time.
4. Enough allowance to ensure that the boxes will arrive on time or ahead of special occasions
The usual transit time of balikbayan boxes from the day of pick up to delivery to your loved ones is between 8-10 weeks (without customs or irregular transit delays). If you are planning to send boxes meant for special occasions like birthdays or Christmas, allow for at least a month or two for transit. The current congestion in the Manila port and complicated regulations in Manila city regarding the truck schedules are delaying the arrival and transit of balikbayan boxes. Take these factors in mind.
5. Time in your hands
We all live a busy life here in Europe. Between our work, house chores and social life, we still have to plan and think of all the people who look forward receiving our presents. By planning and booking ahead, you can take your sweet time listing down what you want to send, when to buy them, who to give it to and when to finish packing.