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I'm planning to send some items to a very close friend of mine, her husband just died last month and since I wasn't there to comfort her and her son I thought I'd make their Christmas a little better. So I'm planning to few toys, chocolates, and makeup. Items that you would usually send using a balikbayan box, it's just that my budget for shipping is only between $10-$20.

Is there a small balikbayan box that is slightly bigger than a shoe box that I can use?

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LBC can ship it for $40 and it will get there in one week to the recipient. It has to be less than 10 pounds. If you use anyone else like FedEx it will cost more while I would not trust USPS. USPS gives the package to Philpost in Manila.

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This is not a good time to send packages sadly Christmas season is when a lot of packages get lost in the mail. Another thing is they got to pay taxes as well depending on how much was the worth of the items you sent if it was sent through Philippines Post. My husband send some chocolates this year for my daughter a very small package but my sister paid Php150 for tax still. I would suggest ordering online that provide free shipping in the Philippines. God bless your heart for your thoughtfulness.


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I have used FedEx to send my wife documents and she did the same to send me documents once. As far as I can tell FedEx is very reliable. Only took two days sending either way. I did pay $65 just to send documents though so it's not cheap. Don't even think about the Philippines postal system. Took my wife 3 months to get a letter from me and she is less than an hour from Manila.


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My fiancé uses johnny air. They are very reliable. :)

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LBC can ship it for $40 and it will get there in one week to the recipient. It has to be less than 10 pounds. If you use anyone else like FedEx it will cost more while I would not trust USPS. USPS gives the package to Philpost in Manila.

We don't have LBC in my area, I doubt they have LBC in Florida

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My fiancé uses johnny air. They are very reliable. :)

Special Express (2 lb. minimum)

Metro Manila (additional delivery fees applicable) ................................................. $5.50/lb

Provinces (additional delivery fees applicable) ....................................................... $6.49/lb

Johnny Air is used by a lot of American Expats living in Philippines. Suppose to be very good and fair price

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We don't have LBC in my area, I doubt they have LBC in Florida

Florida is has a highly concentrated with Filipino's. If you were to use google you'd find many shipping company's who send from Florida to the Philippines including LBC and others. Most times, a little research or knowledge before answering would help. Many come here for help not for some no brainer answer. Are you part of the solution or part of the problem.


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I'm planning to send some items to a very close friend of mine, her husband just died last month and since I wasn't there to comfort her and her son I thought I'd make their Christmas a little better. So I'm planning to few toys, chocolates, and makeup. Items that you would usually send using a balikbayan box, it's just that my budget for shipping is only between $10-$20.

Is there a small balikbayan box that is slightly bigger than a shoe box that I can use?

I'm not sure if these folks are still around as my information is a little old but try calling UMCA in Jacksonville, FL 32225 or visit this address: 10539 Craig Industrial Drive and you may call them at (904)-470-7501 or (904)-470-7502 . Google your request and you can find a number of other establishments that ship to the Philippines from Jacksonville, FL.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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I saw that the OP is in Jacksonville Florida, where there is a HUGE amount of Pinoys there. Also there is a LBC service in Jacksonville as well. My wife has shipped small amount of stuff through them 3 times now and everything has gotten there on time within 2 weeks.

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I am on the Philippines ..

I use shippingcart.com, which is an LBC service.

I buy online, ship to them and decide if want my items to go to Philippines by sea or air.

It's expensive but it works!

Don't try others or you will end up 'losing' your items!

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I am on the Philippines ..

I use shippingcart.com, which is an LBC service.

I buy online, ship to them and decide if want my items to go to Philippines by sea or air.

It's expensive but it works!

Don't try others or you will end up 'losing' your items!

I have used LBC before and not one of my shipments got lost or pilfered.

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I'm planning to send some items to a very close friend of mine, her husband just died last month and since I wasn't there to comfort her and her son I thought I'd make their Christmas a little better. So I'm planning to few toys, chocolates, and makeup. Items that you would usually send using a balikbayan box, it's just that my budget for shipping is only between $10-$20.

Is there a small balikbayan box that is slightly bigger than a shoe box that I can use?

Send them the Money + the shipping budget. They will be way ahead of the game

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