Baggage Shipping to The Philippines
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 115,830 square miles. 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.
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, Send My Bag 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 66 lbs, 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 queuing at bag drop or luggage carousels and you can hop on and off public transportation without dragging luggage behind you.
If you are in the Philippines on a more permanent basis ‒ if you are moving there to live or to study at one of the local universities ‒ Send My Bag can ship your possessions for you. This will allow you to settle into your new home or student accommodation straight away.
Ways of Shipping to the Philippines
If you are going on vacation or moving to the Philippines and need to bring several items with you, it’s a good idea to make yourself aware of the various options available for shipping to the Philippines. Some options will be better for you than others. You can choose between several different options for international shipping to the Philippines. Here are some of them below:
Send Luggage to The Philippines
You can send your luggage and boxes to the Philippines with Send My Bag. If you are going on a gap year in the Philippines, if you are working there for a summer, or are moving there permanently, you can save yourself a lot of stress and hassle by sending your possessions with Send My Bag. Your possessions will be looked after for you, saving you the hassle of dragging them with you on your journey. This means that you can bring all your favorite things with you to help you set up home abroad. To learn more about sending luggage to the Philippines, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
send golf clubs to The Philippines
Golf is popular in the Philippines, which has just short of 100 golf courses. This makes the country a great golfing vacation destination. It’s easy to use your own golf clubs while on vacation in the Philippines but without the hassle of dragging them through airports with you. You can send your golf clubs to the Philippines with Send My Bag. This means you will avoid any oversized baggage fees from your airline. Make sure you find out how best to package your golf clubs by visiting Send My Bag's information on how to ship golf clubs.
send your bike to The Philippines
See regions of the Philippines that most tourists don’t get to by exploring the country by bike. Don’t worry about having to hire or buy a bike when you are there. You can just use your own bike by shipping it to the Philippines with Send My Bag. Sending your bike to the Philippines couldn’t be easier. Check out our bike shipping section to find out how to send your bike, including how to package it appropriately. If you send your bike you will avoid oversized baggage fees and won't have to carry the bike to and from the airport.
Removals to The Philippines
If you are attracted by the thought of living in the Philippines and have decided to take the plunge, you will have to consider international removals to the Philippines in order to transport all of your possessions. Just take extra care to carefully package all of your items so that they won’t get damaged in transit. Use suitable packaging for your items and seal everything up well.
Student shipping to the Philippines
The Philippines has one of the best higher education systems in Asia, with many top-ranking universities, such as the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas. If you have decided to complete your studies in the Philippines as an international student, Send My Bag has just the service you need. Send My Bag can ship your possessions – books, clothes, etc. ‒ to your student accommodation in the Philippines, allowing you to get stuck into your studies and enjoying life in your new home. Find out more about student removals with Send My Bag here.
Sending a parcel to The Philippines
You can also send a parcel to the Philippines with Send My Bag. This is a great idea if you have left something behind at home. A friend or family member can pop it in a box and send it on to you. Or they might want to send you a care package to the Philippines to help remind you of home, or even Christmas and birthday presents. Take a look at our parcel shipping page to learn about choosing a suitable box for your items and sealing the box up appropriately.
As well as sending parcels, baggage and luggage to the Philippines you could attempt the following options for shipping items internationally, especially if you need to send large, bulky items like a chest of drawers or a bed:
Air Freight to The Philippines
You could send big bulky items to the Philippines using air freight, which usually takes one to two days. You will have to pay more as the size of your shipment increases. Plus, you will have to pay for the services of a customs agent to handle customs clearance for you and to get your items to and from the airport. Costs could, therefore, quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to the Philippines your items will likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as Ninoy Aquino, Iloilo or Francisco Bangoy.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to The Philippines
You could go for sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions, such as a bed or a snooker table, to the Philippines. Although much slower, it can be less expensive than air freight, but you will still need to use the services of a customs agent and will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports. So, the cost could be more than expected. When using container shipping to the Philippines your items will most likely arrive by ship at one of the major sea ports, such as Manila, Cebu or General Santos.
Shipping Goods to The Philippines
When shipping goods to the Philippines you should be aware of the current customs rules. You should have researched any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to the Philippines, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Read more in the section below on ‘What can I send to the Philippines? What items are restricted?’
Important Philippines Customs Information
Customers are currently limited to a maximum declared value of $150 USD / £90 / 130€ / $205 AUD for shipments entering the Philippines, in order to avoid delays with customs clearance and additional duty and taxes.
The declared value is for customs purposes only and does not affect the level of Send My Bag Complimentary Cover selected at the time of booking. Further information is available on our FAQ page.
General Customs Information
Given that most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects, the majority of Send My Bag shipments worldwide will not be intercepted by customs. Personal effects are used items that you have owned for at least 6 months.
If your bag is stopped by Filipino customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items you may be required to pay customs duties and taxes before you can take receipt of your items in the destination country. So, if you are sending Christmas gifts to the Philippines, please check with local customs so you are aware of potential customs duties you may have to pay and follow any advice given, including what documentation you should supply.
Because customs processes and allowances are different, according to the country, it is advised that you take 5 minutes to see how your circumstances and your shipment will be viewed by Filipino customs.
To find out more about customs, have a look at our customs information page.
In order to demonstrate your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "4 x Pairs of Socks, 3 x Denim Jeans, 3 x Cotton T-shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
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.
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;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, 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 and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
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.
About the Philippines
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 vacation 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 a cheap 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.