Baggage Shipping to The Philippines
Important Philippines Customs Information
Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag™ shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 12 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
More information is available in on our customs information page.
In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
What can I send to Philippines? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Illegal or restricted goods;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Irreplaceable items.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
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The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands in South East Asia. It lies to the north of Indonesia and to the east of Vietnam. The islands have a population of 84,765,000 people across an area of 300, 000 km2. A former Spanish colony, the country is predominantly Roman Catholic and its currency is the Philippine peso. Filipino and English are the main languages spoken in the Philippines, but there are a vast number of dialects and minority languages also spoken throughout the islands, estimated at 125 to 170 languages. The climate of the Philippines is fairly moderate throughout the year, with an average yearly temperature of 79°F. The islands suffer serious storms, however, usually between July and October.
There are many different reasons for visiting the Philippines. You can take in its luscious landscapes and diverse wildlife, enjoy a beach holiday on its stunning white-sand beaches, enjoy pampering treatments at spas, go shopping in some of the world’s largest malls, or enjoy outdoor activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and golf.
Among the beautiful landscapes of the Philippines are the rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beaches to enjoy include White Beach in Boracay – one of the most well-known in the Philippines and rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Three of the ten largest shopping malls in the world are in the Philippines: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and SM Mall of Asia, making the Philippines a shopper’s paradise. This is compounded by the fact that the Philippines is an inexpensive place to shop, with things like rum being even cheaper than fruit juice. Spa treatments are also excellent value, with full-body massages costing only 350 pesos (or 8 US dollars) in some places.
WHY SHIP TO THE PHILIPPINES
If you are drawn to the stunning beaches of the Philippines, if you intend to enjoy multiple spa treatments, if you would love to trek the beautiful landscapes, or if you want to spend your time in the Philippines on a shopping spree, SendMyBag can help make your trip a whole lot easier by shipping your bags to and from your destination. With great flat rates for a massive 66lbs, you can send plenty of clothes and sporting equipment to see you through your vacation. You can also shop to your heart’s content and ship your purchases home. By doing so you will avoid waiting in line at bag drop or luggage carousels and you can hop on and off public transport without traipsing luggage behind you.
Before you send your bags, there are a few things you need to consider first. Certain items are restricted from being sent by our services such as aerosols, liquids, pastes, tobacco, money or illegal items. Electrical items including phones, computers and tablets are permitted but are excluded from our complimentary insurance cover, as are glass and porcelain. If you’re unsure about a particular item you can contact our team of experts for advice.
When shipping to The Philippines you will need to fill in a personal effects form detailing what items you are sending and proving that they are not intended for sale at the destination. Our website will guide you through this so that everything can be completed quickly and smoothly. We recommend not sending items that total over $1500 in value to allow it to pass through customs more quickly and without being delayed or charged any extra fees. Anything that is stopped to be inspected will incur an additional charge and may take up to a week to pass through customs.
As always, please ensure that all of your information is correct before sending your bag especially your full name, home address and the address of the destination.