- by escapesanddiaries
- on September 13, 2023
When I first thought about sending a balikbayan box to my family in the Philippines, I wasn’t sure which company to choose. There were many recommendations when I checked online and in the Filipino community on Facebook. Then I searched LBC Balikbayan box Germany. I live in Munich, and the authorised agent is based in Erfstadt. Nevertheless, I emailed inquiring about how to send a package box. Nearly three months later, my LBC Balikbayan box from Germany arrived in the Philippines. If you plan to do the same, here’s how it went.
- LBC Balikbayan box from Germany to the Philippines quick information
- What’s the procedure for sending the LBC Balikbayan box
- LBC Balikbayan box from Germany to the Philippines price
- What you can and prohibited items to send
- LBC Balikbayan box from Germany to the Philippines timeline
- Personal thoughts
LBC Balikbayan box from Germany to the Philippines quick information
LBC Per Brechelt Authorised contractor
Location: Germany / Luxemburg / Belgium
Telephone number: 0173 294 1022
Mode of communication: Text, Phone calls and email
Language used: Tagalog, English and German
What’s the procedure for sending the LBC Balikbayan box
The first step I did was to send an inquiry to LBC Germany. Ms. Ellen is the wife that I most communicated with. She’s a Filipino. We spoke on the phone. We talked about the details of sending.
After that, she sent me the XL balikbayan box to my home in Munich. The empty box came with a form that contained statements like, what’s in my box. It’s like a declaration form to ensure you aren’t sending something illegal.
I filled it with stuff I would love to send and then sent her a message when it was ready to be picked up.
On the morning of the pickup day, she sent me an email containing the label that the UPS had to scan. It was a rush because I didn’t have a printer at home, so I had to run to DM to print it out. I wish she had sent it to me days before so I would have had time to prepare. Moreover, I wasn’t sure when the UPS would arrive, as there was no specific time. LBC couldn’t also tell. They could be early in the morning or late at night- the last delivery time.
At 11:45 a.m on the same day, UPS came to pick it up.
The box is meant to be delivered first to Mrs Ellen. And then they will be the ones in charge of sending to the Philippines. It wasn’t directed to the port straight away. Or, wherever that was.
I had the tracking number to track where my box was heading already.
LBC Balikbayan box from Germany to the Philippines price
The empty box cost €10 / php 597.17 + €10 / php 597.17 DPD delivery fee, and €140 / php 8,360 for the box with stuff. It cost a total of €160 / php 9,554.89. It weighed 63kg, although, the maximum allowance is 70kg. Generous, right? Here are the prices for your reference. You can also check their website.
Sea Cargo rates
Large Box 76 x 51 x 56 cm
|€110 / Php 6,568.90||€125 / Php 7,464.66||€135 / Php 8,061.93|
What you can and prohibited items to send
It goes without saying, there are obviously prohibited items to send along in your box. These are;
- flammable items such as alchohol, perfume, aerosol
- Explosive materials
- Porn Materials
- Firearms and ammunitions
- Subversive materials
- Illegal drugs
- Corrosive Materials
- Human remains
- Pressurised spray cans and aerosol
- Live animals
If your items don’t belong to any of these categories, then of course, you can send them in! Now you may ask, how about valuable items like Laptops, cellphones, or any gadgets? Yes, you also can! however, you need to declare and purchased at least an insurance! In my understanding, it costs €20. Ask LBC directly for updated price and information!
LBC Balikbayan box from Germany to the Philippines timeline
June 18, 2023 – I sent a message of inquiry to Mrs. Ellen via text message
June 19, 2023 – Received a reply, and then we spoke on the phone. She explained everything to me, including the process, prices, short stories about the sending, and many other things.
June 26, 2023 – The LBC empty box, XL, up to 70 kg arrived via DPD.
July 31, 2023 – The box weighed 63kg and was picked up by UPS at around 10:40 a.m.
August 22, 2023 – Shipment has been loaded.
August 23, 2023 – LBC box has been accepted at LBC Germany GMBH, and been accepted at LBC AGENT LBC GERMANY GMBH.
On the same day – The shipment has left the origin and is on its way to the Philippines.
August 30, 2023 – the package has been loaded onto the vessel and awaiting departure from MILAN. The estimated vessel departure is 30/Aug/2023.
September 17, 2023 – The LBC balikbayan box from Germany is on its way to SINGAPORE PORT. Estimated vessel arrival 17/Sep/2023.
September 21, 2023 – The package is en route and arrived at SINGAPORE PORT.
September 29, 2023 – The package is on its way to SUBIC INTERNATIONAL PORT. The estimated vessel arrival is 29/Sep/2023.
October shipment update
October 01, 2023 – Your package has been loaded onto the vessel and awaiting departure from SINGAPORE PORT. Estimated vessel departure 01/Oct/2023.
October 02, 2023 – Shipment has left the SINGAPORE PORT.
On the same day– The shipment is still at the transshipment port and experiencing delays due to port congestion. The vessel’s ETD is still not confirmed. We will provide you with an update soon.
October 06, 2023 – Your package is en route to SUBIC INTERNATIONAL PORT. New estimated vessel arrival 06/Oct/2023.
On the same day– The shipment arrived at SUBIC INTERNATIONAL PORT Expect 2-6 days to process release, pull out the container, and deliver to LBC warehouse.
For Customs Processing.
October 07, 2023 – The LBC balikbayan box from Germany has been received at LBC MANILA WAREHOUSE, Philippines.
October 10-12, 2023 – The package is en route and received to DAGUPAN DELIVERY TEAM and received
Finally, on October 13, 2023, the LBC Balikbayan box from Germany was delivered to our home in the Philippines!
The total days from the pick-up in Munich, Germany, to the arrival in Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines = seventy four (74) days. Less than ninety (90) days / three (3) months.
My only issue with LBC Germany
There were times when they were not keen to respond. Somehow, it took them long to reply to my message, even for only a short inquiry. The man in charge, Mr. Per, is German, and sometimes, I send a message in Tagalog, which is probably why he couldn’t understand my intention.
Needless to say, they apologized for having to reply late and answered my questions right away.
If that happens to you, don’t fret. They will get back to you as soon as they can.
Friendly and useful tips
- Pack your fragile things in bubble wrap to avoid explosions and getting damaged.
- Remember to ask for the label in advance so you don’t rush like I did!
- Take note of the tracking number so you can see the progress of your package box.
- Ask if you need more clarification. Mrs. Ellen is a friendly person who answers the inquiry whenever she can. (Don’t expect so soon, though! )
- Make sure to make your box bulky; UPS might not accept it.
- Try to load your box at the recommended weight. Don’t overweigh it!
- Be patient! Your LBC Package box for your family will arrive no matter what!
- Honesty is the best policy. Be honest about what you’ve put in your box. When there’s something important that you did not declare, and it got lost or damaged, LBC won’t take responsibility.
- UPS won’t bring down your box if you’re on the upper floors; thus, you must do it yourself.
Nearly all of the fragile items in my box arrived safely, except for one- a dove body wash that exploded. It surprised me, which was not a big deal, anyway. And it spilled into some of the children’s books next to it. In contrast, the breakable teapot and ceramic bowl stayed intact. It was just the packing.
Sending an LBC Balikbayan Box from Germany to the Philippines was easier than I thought. It was because the company itself is trusted and has been in the industry for a long time. It was also essential that they provided a tracking number and that we could communicate in Tagalog and English- which made the sending at ease. The couple was straightforward, and the entire process was smooth. I liked it that way. It’s only business, no drama. (not the kind we used to have in the Philippines. lol) And the most important factor is, they wrapped my box triple to make sure all the stuff inside were safe. Overall, I am glad I chose LBC Balikbayan Box Germany company. It was a wise decision. And I’ll pick them over and over again. In fact, my second box is on its way to the Philippines again!