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Has anyone here used FOREX as their cargo service for sending Balikbayan box?

#1 Cutie_Patootie

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:15 PM

Seasons greetings!

I wonder if anyone here in Philippine forum had sent a package to the Philippines using FOREX. I was scouting around for cargo services to send some goodies to PI then and I came across FOREX that has service in Baton Rouge, LA area through the Filipino Store named Pinay Gigi.

I would love to hear some reviews about their service.

Thank you!

Edited by Cutie_Patootie, 07 December 2010 - 06:17 PM.

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USC 1.16.2013

MOM's VISAJOURNEY

USCIS

02-15-2013-- Sent I-130

02-20-2013-- NOA

08-01-2013-- Change of Address

10-22-2013-- Transferred to Local USCIS Office

11-19-2013-- Requested for Expedite processing (R/T Typhoon Haiyan)

11-25-2013-- APPROVED!!! (after 4 business days!)

NVC

11-26-2013-- Shipped to NVC

12-18-2013-- Received by NVC

01-09-2014-- Request for Expedite Processing

01-10-2014-- Got NVC case number and Invoice ID Number

01-13-2014-- Expedite Processing Approved

01-17-2014-- Completed DS-261 (Choice of agent)

01-21-2014-- Pay AOS fee

01-23-2014-- AOS showing PAID

01-27-2014-- Pay IV fee

01-28-2014-- IV FEE PAID

01-29-2014-- submitted DS-260 online

01-29-2014-- Mailed AOS Packet and IV Supporting documents

02-03-2014-- AOS & IV packet received by NVC

02-26-2014-- RFE

02-27-2014-- Sent Corrected, Signed I-864

03-06-2014-- CASE COMPLETE!!! CASE forwarded to US Embassy-Manila, Philippines

04-04-2014-- Interview, 6:30AM @ Manila Embassy-Manila- APPROVED!!!

04-19-2014-- FLIGHT POE at DALLAS FORTH WORTH, TX

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#2 Dan and Judy

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:49 PM

I've used them in the past and never had a problem but Ive never had a problem with any of the shippers. There is not a forex close to where I currently live so im using a smaller company.
Don't plan on them getting it in time for Christmas.. It will be going by boat. I do currently send money thru regent forex in houston, again no problem.
Actually I put a sign on my bedroom door saying "no more boxes" because you have to buy whatever you put in and then pay $100 or more to get it there. but Im about to break down and get
another box.

Dan
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#3 Markieboy

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:53 PM

Seasons greetings!

I wonder if anyone here in Philippine forum had sent a package to the Philippines using FOREX. I was scouting around for cargo services to send some goodies to PI then and I came across FOREX that has service in Baton Rouge, LA area through the Filipino Store named Pinay Gigi.

I would love to hear some reviews about their service.

Thank you!

I use Forex to send Balikbayan boxes to the Philippines. We send a couple boxes on October 16th, and they arrived on their front door on November 27th. We paid $80 per box. It wasn't too bad, considering there is no weight limit.
More importantly, nothing was "removed" (stolen) from the boxes. We're quite happy with their service and will use them again.

Hope you have the same experience! :thumbs:
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#4 Robert and Ramona

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:02 PM

FOREX is great. Depending on where you ship from and to, we ship from Cleveland to Tacloban and it takes about 8 weeks and $120. But never any problems with the boxes.

Robert
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Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Manilla, Philipines
2009-07-15: Marriage
2011-03-23: I-130 Sent
2011-03-29: I-130 NOA1
2011-07-09: I-130 RFE
2011-08-16: RFE Reply Sent
2011-08-18: RFE Reply Received at USCIS
2011-09-19: NOA2 approved
2011-10-12: Received NVC
2011-10-20: Paid $88 fee
2011-11-29 NVC submitted
2011-12-08 NVC approved
2011-12-12 Received interview date - need to change
2012-02-01 New Interview Date - need to change again - sputum required
2012-01-11 Medical - 3 day sputum required
2012-01-18 Begin 3 day sputum test
2012-01-23 Results of Sputum negative now wait for 2 month culture
2012-03-21 ***culture results*** NEGATIVE!!!
2012-03-27 Interview!!!
***APPROVED***
2012-03-30 IR-1 delivered, still waiting for IR-2
2012-04-04 IR-2 Delivered!!!
2012-06-08 POE LA
2012-06-20 SS card arrives
2012-06-26 Green Cards arrive
2012-07-03 Health Dept calls for follow-up TB testing?
** Ramona went through more testing including xrays. The doctor said he couldn't find any evidence of Tb and cleared her for everything.

#5 Cutie_Patootie

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:36 PM

Oh, I misspelled the word HERE in my topic title.. Sorry for the error.
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Thank you guys for the feedback.

At first, I was kinda skeptic on considering them because that was the first time I heard about them. But now that I know my stuffs will be in good hands, then I might as well go with them.
There's another balikbayan carrier that has service here in Louisiana, the MANILA FORWARDERS. A friend of mine send some stuffs with them and it took 50 days to get to the recipient which is somewhere in Pampanga.

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USC 1.16.2013

MOM's VISAJOURNEY

USCIS

02-15-2013-- Sent I-130

02-20-2013-- NOA

08-01-2013-- Change of Address

10-22-2013-- Transferred to Local USCIS Office

11-19-2013-- Requested for Expedite processing (R/T Typhoon Haiyan)

11-25-2013-- APPROVED!!! (after 4 business days!)

NVC

11-26-2013-- Shipped to NVC

12-18-2013-- Received by NVC

01-09-2014-- Request for Expedite Processing

01-10-2014-- Got NVC case number and Invoice ID Number

01-13-2014-- Expedite Processing Approved

01-17-2014-- Completed DS-261 (Choice of agent)

01-21-2014-- Pay AOS fee

01-23-2014-- AOS showing PAID

01-27-2014-- Pay IV fee

01-28-2014-- IV FEE PAID

01-29-2014-- submitted DS-260 online

01-29-2014-- Mailed AOS Packet and IV Supporting documents

02-03-2014-- AOS & IV packet received by NVC

02-26-2014-- RFE

02-27-2014-- Sent Corrected, Signed I-864

03-06-2014-- CASE COMPLETE!!! CASE forwarded to US Embassy-Manila, Philippines

04-04-2014-- Interview, 6:30AM @ Manila Embassy-Manila- APPROVED!!!

04-19-2014-- FLIGHT POE at DALLAS FORTH WORTH, TX

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#6 charles!

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:20 AM

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For timeline see wifey's:

Nessa's Timeline

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#7 Cutie_Patootie

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    Hates to Sugarcoat



Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:49 AM

topic title edited


Thank you Charles!
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USC 1.16.2013

MOM's VISAJOURNEY

USCIS

02-15-2013-- Sent I-130

02-20-2013-- NOA

08-01-2013-- Change of Address

10-22-2013-- Transferred to Local USCIS Office

11-19-2013-- Requested for Expedite processing (R/T Typhoon Haiyan)

11-25-2013-- APPROVED!!! (after 4 business days!)

NVC

11-26-2013-- Shipped to NVC

12-18-2013-- Received by NVC

01-09-2014-- Request for Expedite Processing

01-10-2014-- Got NVC case number and Invoice ID Number

01-13-2014-- Expedite Processing Approved

01-17-2014-- Completed DS-261 (Choice of agent)

01-21-2014-- Pay AOS fee

01-23-2014-- AOS showing PAID

01-27-2014-- Pay IV fee

01-28-2014-- IV FEE PAID

01-29-2014-- submitted DS-260 online

01-29-2014-- Mailed AOS Packet and IV Supporting documents

02-03-2014-- AOS & IV packet received by NVC

02-26-2014-- RFE

02-27-2014-- Sent Corrected, Signed I-864

03-06-2014-- CASE COMPLETE!!! CASE forwarded to US Embassy-Manila, Philippines

04-04-2014-- Interview, 6:30AM @ Manila Embassy-Manila- APPROVED!!!

04-19-2014-- FLIGHT POE at DALLAS FORTH WORTH, TX

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#8 mrdb52

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:22 PM

I have used Forex's services over 10 times and never had a problem. Tracking your box online is a nice feature too (forexworld.com). Sometimes it takes just as long for the box to travel from LA to Marikina, Ph (Manila)as to go from Manila to Cebu. Currently I have two boxes enroute...stats look like this:
23Oct10 Dropped box off at store.
01Nov10 Box arrives in LA.
04Dec10 Box arrives in Marikina, Ph (Unloaded warehouse)
06Dec10 Box departs warehouse (loaded container)
So, anytime within the next two weeks the box should arrive in Cebu and another week or so for it to arrive to it's destination.
Hope this helps.
david in Ohio
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#9 lbounds

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:42 PM

I don't know about Forex but just wanted to point out that LBC has a $55 special right now for the large box by sea. We just sent ours a few weeks ago. I don't know if they even have LBC in your state but I was surprised that even though we have no LBC in our city the driver drove almost 100 miles to come pick up our box at no extra charge.
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K1 timeline :
1/11/10 - I-129F sent to California Service Center
1/19/10 - NOA1
2/18/10 - moved and changed address on USCIS site
2/19/10 - touched
3/10/10 - touched
3/10/10 - NOA2, hardcopy recieved 3/12
3/16/10 - Left NVC, recieved MNL case #
3/22/10 - USEM recieved
4/19/10 - Passed Medical
4/28/10 - Interview - Approved
4/30/10 - Picked up Visa and completed CFO
5/5/10 - POE - Honolulu, Hawaii
5/6/10 - married in Hawaii

AOS timeline:
7/8/10 - received SSN Card
7/16/10 - reported US marriage for RP records
10/18/10 - AOS delivered in Chicago
10/25/10 - NOA1
11/04/10 - Biometrics Letter Received
11/23/10 - Biometrics Completed
11/24/10 - touched
11/26/10 - touched
02/14/11 - AOS approved at Interview, GC ordered
02/22/11 - GC arrives in mail

ROC Timeline:
12/17/12 - I-751 sent to California Service Center
12/20/12 - NOA1 arrives in mail
1/14/13 - Biometrics appointment
4/11/13 - RC Approved at Interview
4/22/13 - 10 Year Green Card arrived in mail


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#10 Gladz

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:20 AM

Hi VJErs, I will send a box for the very first time to PI.. and I know that Forex picks up the box.. I am wondering if they want a list of the items inside the box...

Please let me know if I have to make a list coz I already packed it and ready to go..
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________________________________________________________________________________
Lifting of Conditions (I-751)

CIS Service Center Lifting filed :California Service Center
Lifting of Conditions Filing date(I-751) :01/25/11
Lifting of Conditions NOA Date :01/31/11
Lifting of conditions RFE Dates (if any) :None
Lifting of conditions Biometrics Appt Date :03/04/11
Lifting of conditions Interview Date :None
Lifting of conditions Approval :04/18/11
Card Production Ordered: :04/18/11
Lifting of conditions Approved :Yes
Green Card received Date :Waiting 30-day Timeframe


Adjustment of Status
Date Filed : 2008-09-21
NOA Date : 2008-09-24
RFE(s) : 2008-10-14
Bio. Appt. : 2008-10-17
AOS Transfer** : Online status was not updated for transfer
Interview Date : March 11, 2009
Approval / Denial Date : Received the Letter on March 16, 2009 that AOS is approved
Approved : NOA Date is March 12, 2009
Got I551 Stamp : We did not ask for the stamp
Greencard Received:Received ( Date forgotten)
Comments : NOA for initial interview was sent January 29, 2009 and received February 5, 2009
Online status was updated on March 12, that Card Production is ordered.

#11 TravellingNomad

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:36 AM

Hi VJErs, I will send a box for the very first time to PI.. and I know that Forex picks up the box.. I am wondering if they want a list of the items inside the box...

Please let me know if I have to make a list coz I already packed it and ready to go..


packing list not necessary.
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I-130 for wife and kids
---------------------------------------------
02/11/2010: I-130 as an LPR mailed certified
02/25/2010: Recvd letters-I-130s was recvd
06/17/2010: Oathtaking - Became a US Citizen
06/21/2010: Called USCIS to let them know to update my I-130 from an LPR petition to a USC petition.
06/25/2010: Case for both sons Touched
06/28/2010: Petition updated to a USC petition (Oldest son)
06/30/2010: Petition updated to a USC petition (Wife & youngest son)
07/19/2010: G-325A returned. Incomplete.
07/30/2010: Completed G-325A mailed back via certified mail
08/04/2010: Certified mail delivered at Laguna Niguel
08/07/2010: Touched - UCSIC received reply to RFE
08/13/2010: I-130 APPROVED!!! (recvd email update)

NVC JOURNEY
08/20/2010: NVC recvd I-130 and case number assigned
09/01/2010: Recvd AOS fee bill & DS-3032 via email
09/02/2010: Paid AOS fee & DS-3032 sent back via email
09/13/2010: AOS packet mailed via UPS
09/15/2010: AOS signed for by NVC. IV fee for wife & kids ready.
10/07/2010: Per AVR/NVC - Need to correct I864W for kids
10/11/2010: DS-230 packet & corrected I-864W sent to NVC via UPS
10/15/2010: Recvd and signed for by NVC
11/02/2010: NVC online fee payment portal SIF. NVC adviced that final stages of review.
11/03/2010: AVR - APPLICATION COMPLETED!!
11/10/2010: Medical...1st day at St. Luke's
11/12/2010: Pick up results for Medical - PASSED!
11/16/2010: USEM interview scheduled on 12/14/10
12/14/2010: VISAS APPROVED!!!!
12/20/2010: Visas received
02/22/2011: Cali bound

#12 Mimayamor

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:35 PM

Do you know if they have a Forex affiliate in New Orleans?

Or somewhere near LaCombe or Slidell? 

 

Would anyone be able to give me their contact info?

 

My kids are under 13 but are moving with me soon,
they want to send a lot of their stuff home,
instead of taking them on their flight. 

Forex website does not even mention any Forex in LA. 

 

Please help Kabayans! 


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