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At Tagalog Balikbayan Services we pride ourselves in taking good care of your cargo. We like to think that every package we collect is treated with the respect as if it was our own cargo. We know that you have worked hard to buy the gifts and things for your family and we would like to give you the peace of mind that all will arrive safely at your Philippine home. This is why every box we collect will be labelled FRAGILE HANDLE WITH CARE. We also band every box usually upon collection (only rain stops us banding upon collection). We also have a labelling system for your shipping note (HBL) consignment number and to aid faster sorting in the Philippines we also label the box if it’s final destination is Manila (blue), Luzon (red), Visayas (yellow) or Mindanao (white)

It is so very important that the packing of your goods is done properly to minimise the risk of damage to your cargo so we offer this advice from the very start of getting your empty box.)

Firstly packing tape the best is vinyl tape and is mid range in cost and comes in a very wide range of colours including clear, normal polypropylene brown or clear packing tape is normally good enough and is the most widely available. It is advisable not to use duct tape although this looks the strongest and best option it seems not to adhere to cardboard and will roll up and come away and is the most expensive tape. We recommend that you completely cover your box with tape this not only strengthens your box but also makes your box water resistant. Being a little water resistant is always a good idea for the rainy season in the Philippines.

Your box will arrive flat and it is very important to erect the box correctly. We only use twin wall export grade cardboard and this is surprisingly strong if erected properly and subsequently packed properly it will withstand quite an amount of pressure and will protect your cargo.



Open your flat box to make a rectangular tube.

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Fold in the two smallest flaps on the box.

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Then fold in the two longest flaps on the box.

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Tape down the box along the centre, this will form the bottom of the finished box.

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Now if you so wish, cover the whole bottom of the box with tape (recommended).

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Now if you so wish, cover the four sides of the box with tape (recommended).

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Your box is now ready for packing. Get all your things that you want to pack in one place where you can see it all. Pack your box in such a way that the weight is evenly spread throughout and packed in such a way as not to bulge the box. Bulging the box will severely effect the strength of the cardboard and may put your cargo in risk of damage. Pack the contents solidly filling all gaps thus making it so there is no movement within. Anything that is fragile wrap well with soft items (if you have no soft items use bubble wrap) and place in the centre of the box. Be very careful when packing glass bottles / jars please make sure that these (if sent) are packed in the upright position and well protected especially the sides of the bottles / jars. By having all your cargo in sight you can choose which item fits in the spaces made while packing utilise all available space making sure that you are not bulging the box. When the box is full please DO NOT be tempted to squeeze in any items that do not fit (save them for next time). We do not charge any surcharges for delivery or for collection of boxes but we will surcharge for bulging over packed boxes as sea cargo is done on volume so if you box is lets say 8 cubic feet but you have bulged it and made it 10 cubic feet you will be charged for the extra 2 cubic feet. As stated before bulging your box severely weakens it so not only will you put your cargo at risk of damage you will also be surcharged for the excess. Advice in short is to keep your box in a box shape with sharp corners and not in any way rounded.

Now your box is packed, to close it start by folding in the two smallest flaps followed by the two largest flaps. Tape this all down and if you so wish cover the complete top of the box with tape (recommended). If there is more than a 1cm gap between the two longest flaps then your box is bulged anything more than this will incur a surcharge. With a permanent marker pen clearly write the destination address on the two largest sides of the box. If you so wish, you can also put a from name address.


Now if you so wish, cover the four sides of the box with tape (recommended).

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It is now time to fill in your shipping note (HBL), please make sure you write clearly as this is an official document and will be used for the delivery of your cargo in the Philippines. First write the senders name and address and telephone number then the consignees name and address and most important a contact telephone number. Once again please write clearly on this document to aid in the fast delivery of your cargo a hard to read address may delay delivery. So your part is now complete you cargo packed your box addressed you documentation filled in, all you have to do now is relax in the knowledge that your cargo is in safe hands and will be delivered to your loved ones in due course.