Shipping

First Steps

Shipping Container

My move to the Philippines has been postponed a while as I told in my earlier article, “Paradise Postponed”. Rather than wait until the last minute, I am continuing to downsize and get rid of things that I know will not be needed. I have been listing things on eBay and Craigslist and have scheduled…

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Shipping to the Philippines

Shipping to the Philippines

Just Stuff It In A Container and Ship It, Please Contain me, baby, please.  Sometimes I get an idea for an article here and I just can’t contain myself.  Prepare to learn a lot about containers, road, rail and ocean shipping and how they all apply to moving to the Philippines. Definitions and Terms First…

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“THE BOX”

Presents from Holland

Yes I’m talking about the famous “Balik Bayan Box” that comes in at this time of year from the States, Europe or Australia, delivered by many shipping companies but mostly by the LBC folks and right to your door. Upon seeing the truck on your street Heart rates will rise; excitement levels will run amuck…

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Looking Forward

It’s getting closer and closer to those magic days — the days when Baket ko (Asawa ko) [my Wife] and I pack our bags for the final time this year, make our way to and through a number of airports, and finally wend our merry way back to our piece of Paradise in the Philippines.…

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Does Philippine Customs overcharge?

Over the years, I have had items shipped into the Philippines from various places.  Sometimes I order goods and have them shipped in.  Sometimes friends and readers send me gifts (thank you to those who have done so, BTW).  In addition to my own experiences, I also hear from others who e-mail me or talk…

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Hurry Up & Wait!

After seventeen years as a retired sailor, I never expected to utter those words ever again.  Life in the military is based on that tenet.  It’s one big rush to a point where you seemingly wait forever. Well, it happened.  Mostly, I was amused that it did.  Reliving parts of one’s life can be stressful…

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