I sent 8 Balikbayan Boxes to the Philippines using UMAC Express Cargo. From pick-up to delivery, will be two months. Since there is an UMAC office in our city, the arrival date is on time. All the items in the box was accounted for but, not everyone was happy with their services. I had known that PEANUTBUTTER , not her real name lost a camera worth $2oo. She had some expensive items in the box but, only one was stolen.
If you are planning to send a Balikbayan Box, make sure you securely sealed the whole box.
- I use 2 big rolls of masking tape or packaging tape to secure the WHOLE box.
- I itimized the items and insert list inside.
- I also write the items in the cover of the box (underneath).
- I have 6 computerized address in a bond paper and tape it again on each side of the box.
- I checked my receipt and I usually put a reasonable amount for the box content. Make sure not over the limit. I put $400 for the large box and $250 for the small box. It went through the custom anyway. I usually claim birthday gifts on the item section so, that will help a lot. I usually sent the pakage for that occassion anyway.
I hope this will help you out. I know some of you who had a bad experience with UMAC and opt not to send anymore. Sorry to hear about that but, for those who are so desperate to TRACK your box, here is the Website umaccargo.net and click your country. Scroll down and you will find the TRACK YOUR BOX on the left side and follow the instructions. Just type your code found in the receipt. When you click GO, it will start searching. Once it arrived in the Philippines, you can track your ETA. Meaning, you cannot track your box if it is not in the Philippines yet. Good luck Kabayan.