Our flight to Auckland is less than 3 weeks away so we sent most of our things ahead in Balikbayan boxes. We got the boxes at Ace Hardware for 150 pesos each and got the services of Philippine New Zealand Global Cargo. Several Filipinos from the AKLnzPINOYS yahoo group emailed me good reviews so I’m hoping all would go well with our shipment.
They charge around 6,000 pesos per box so you need to be smart about what you’re sending. They offer a FREE pick-up service if you send 2 boxes or more. There’s an additional charge of 30 NZD if you’re sending just 1 box.
Here are their rates as of August 2013:
Charges: Nothing to pay in the Philippines; All charges are payable upon delivery in Auckland. Rate is for Manila to Auckland. Box size: 20x20x20 inches “Flat & Square” / Regardless of weight.
1 Box: $180 + $30 (pick-up optional). Box can be dropped off at warehouse to save on cost.
2 Boxes: $180 per box, pick-up free in Manila.
3 Boxes: $170 per box, pick-up free in Manila
4 Boxes: $160 per box, pick-up free in Manila
5 Boxes: $150 per box, pick-up free in Manila.
6 Boxes: $140 per box, pick-up free in Manila.
7 Boxes: $130 per box, pick-up free in Manila.
8 Boxes: $120 per box, pick-up free in Manila
9 Boxes: $110 per box, pick-up free in Manila
10 Boxes: $100 per box, pick-up free in Manila
Before you stuff your boxes full, here are some suggestions you might find useful:
- Wrap the whole box with clear packing tape to give it an extra layer of protection.
- Secure the openings with multiple layers of tape so they don’t burst open.
- Important: Make a general list of the contents of each box and have it ready for inspection. Better yet, tape the list to the box itself so it would be easy to inspect. This might come in handy when customs decides to check your box in NZ.
- Tape the full name, address, and contact details of your NZ address and contact person.
- Utilize all the space in the box but don’t overfill it. It should close flat with no excessive bulging.
Philippine New Zealand Freight Forwarding Company
Ph 874 8302 / 0930 356 0055
Contact Person: Adonis Abrogena