If you’re an overseas shopper who has found the perfect Philippine product you can’t wait to get, but you don’t have a friend or family member in the Philippines to ship it for you, you’re not alone. Many people find themselves in this situation and some steps can make international shipping from the Philippines a little less daunting. Here are tips we think will help:
1. Know the product or service you want to buy
The first thing you should do is thoroughly research the product or service you want to buy. You’ll find that many sellers will indicate if they ship internationally in their product description, and some products may even come with the option of international shipping.
2. Identify a shipping company
One of the easiest ways to identify a shipping company is to search online for one that services your area. The Philippines has several reliable shipping companies which include LBC, Cebu Pacific, Philpost, and more. Alternatively, if you’re based in Singapore, numerous courier companies can ship from within Singapore directly to Singapore such as Fastrack Express, Safexpress, SingPost, FedEx and DHL.
3. Choose the right product to ship
If you’re buying a large or heavy product like a TV or bed, check if it’s possible for it to be shipped by sea. The shipping companies listed above will all provide international service for this type of shipment, but there are also companies that specialize in shipping these types of products by air such as White Box Express, and ePost. If your item is small and light such as a handbag or vibrator, it should be possible to ship by air.
4. Identify a “local” address
If you don’t have a specific address in mind, but you know that it should be possible to ship to your country, you can check out our list of major shipping companies found in various countries that have addresses for delivery. You can also search online for a local representative, someone who’s willing to accept the package on your behalf and then forward it on to you.
5. Choose an appropriate packaging method
Shipping companies will offer different options for packaging depending on your needs and budget. If you’re shipping a large or heavy product, it should be possible to package it with special packaging for shipping provided by the shipping company. Some companies also offer “courier” packaging which will include a cardboard box and bubble wrap to protect your product. If you plan on shipping smaller items, don’t forget to insure your package against loss or damage.
6. Complete the shipment form
If you’re planning to ship from a major city like Manila, you shouldn’t have too much trouble completing the shipment form. For those in smaller cities, it can be trickier because your contact information may not be available. Check with the shipping company on their requirements and follow any instructions they may have for completing the form.
Shipping from the Philippines can be as easy as you want it to be and many people have successfully shipped from the Philippines to their homes all over the world. By being patient, doing your research and being honest about what you’re shipping, you should be able to successfully ship your item in no time.