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JM101 18th August 2015 10:05 AM

Balikbayan Boxes
 
Here is a link to what member “Rogdas” may have been referring to:
Customs to impose tighter rules for balikbayan boxes | ABS-CBN News

JM101

Tukaram 18th August 2015 10:17 AM

They keep saying stuff like this - but so far nothing has changed. Here's to hoping it never does :)

simonsays 18th August 2015 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by JM101 (Post 7974881)
Here is a link to what member “Rogdas” may have been referring to:
Customs to impose tighter rules for balikbayan boxes | ABS-CBN News

JM101

Now if they can improve the clearance, that will be a great help

Singapore to Manila, from 3 weeks, now has become more than 6 weeks or longer. Progress I guess, all due to the congestion in Manila Port

UltraFJ40 18th August 2015 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by simonsays (Post 7975057)
Now if they can improve the clearance, that will be a great help

Singapore to Manila, from 3 weeks, now has become more than 6 weeks or longer. Progress I guess, all due to the congestion in Manila Port

I know for certain that LBC SE United States has moved their unloading to Subic Bay, beginning about late July, 2015.

It's been that way since shortly after Erap's truck ban fiasco. I do not know if the XRAY machines are in place at Subic but in Manila it was supposed to "speed up" the process.

I just checked into an inquiry for one of my wife's customers. This was our last group to arrive in Manila. Here's what I found:

-June 26, a group of BB's sent out of Jacksonville
-July, 23, left Singapore
-Aug 1, arrived in Manila
-Aug 5, released by customs
-Aug 12, Delivered on to Ilagan (near Tabuk, Kalinga) in Northern Luzon.

Sorry for providing too much info but thought it might be helpful to see the recent transit time of an LBC BB to Northern Luzon.

simonsays 18th August 2015 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by UltraFJ40 (Post 7976905)
-June 26, a group of BB's sent out of Jacksonville
-July, 23, left Singapore
-Aug 1, arrived in Manila
-Aug 5, released by customs
-Aug 12, Delivered on to Ilagan (near Tabuk, Kalinga) in Northern Luzon.

Sorry for providing too much info but thought it might be helpful to see the recent transit time of an LBC BB to Northern Luzon.

That's pretty fast, consdering Jolly B still takes 6 weeks minimum from Singapore to Baguio :(

I should check if something improved ..

(Tabuk you say ? I have relatives somewhere there, near Bontoc .. )

UltraFJ40 18th August 2015 01:29 PM

I like that area near to Bontoc. The wife and I have a bunch of friends from Northern Luzon, so we often go up that way.

Rogdas 18th August 2015 02:04 PM

Boxes we sent in may only took 7 weeks to Subic bay and were received in Sorsogon in 8 weeks.
Just mailed boxes on Aug 1st. There estimated to arrive in Subic on Sept. 18th.
sent these for are Oct visit. I always try to send them 10 weeks before our visit to allow for delays.

SierraMadreMe 19th August 2015 03:02 AM

Over the years we have sent 40-50 boxes via LBC.The last 2 years we have seen the service times continue to degrade,from 6 weeks when we started in the early 90's,to 11 weeks during the truck ban.The last box we received took 8 weeks to arrive in Manila from Portland Or.It then took another 3days to clear customs and be forwarded to San Fernando LU.It then sat in the LU warehouse for 4 days,because LBC didn't want to spend the money to hire additional help to deliver boxes,so we had to wait another 4 days.

We then tried Atlas.7 weeks on the dot..and no delays at all.We had a Sis in the states send via Atlas once before,and they were much faster than LBC,but I thought it was just a fluke.

Not only that,but when I would email LBC about an issue,it would take at least 4 days for them to respond,and the first sentence ALWAYS started out "Please forgive our late response".I forgave it the first time,but then figured out that they are more interested in saving money than providing decent customer service.

I can send an email to Atlas,and receive a reply the same day.

I don't use LBC anymore cause it is obvious that they just don't care about their customers,or providing decent service.

Atlas is now our "go to" shipper.They earned our business through decent timely service.

SierraMadreMe 19th August 2015 03:11 AM

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Originally Posted by UltraFJ40 (Post 7977161)
I like that area near to Bontoc. The wife and I have a bunch of friends from Northern Luzon, so we often go up that way.

Sorry for the off topic...but man,I really need to get out more.I haven't seen Bontoc yet,tho I would really like to.I need to get to the mountains.:)

lkarlovsky 19th August 2015 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by SierraMadreMe (Post 7982561)
Over the years we have sent 40-50 boxes via LBC.The last 2 years we have seen the service times continue to degrade,from 6 weeks when we started in the early 90's,to 11 weeks during the truck ban.The last box we received took 8 weeks to arrive in Manila from Portland Or.It then took another 3days to clear customs and be forwarded to San Fernando LU.It then sat in the LU warehouse for 4 days,because LBC didn't want to spend the money to hire additional help to deliver boxes,so we had to wait another 4 days.

We then tried Atlas.7 weeks on the dot..and no delays at all.We had a Sis in the states send via Atlas once before,and they were much faster than LBC,but I thought it was just a fluke.

Not only that,but when I would email LBC about an issue,it would take at least 4 days for them to respond,and the first sentence ALWAYS started out "Please forgive our late response".I forgave it the first time,but then figured out that they are more interested in saving money than providing decent customer service.

I can send an email to Atlas,and receive a reply the same day.

I don't use LBC anymore cause it is obvious that they just don't care about their customers,or providing decent service.

Atlas is now our "go to" shipper.They earned our business through decent timely service.

I also had good luck with Atlas two years ago. Iowa to North Luzon about 8 weeks to the day as promised. They would be my guys if needed again.


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