Balikbayan Box Shipping Review: Jenrich Fast Cargo

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I’m not sure before if I should write a review about balikbayan box shipping companies in Canada.

With a quick Google search online, anyone can find mixed reviews about anything. And that’s what I did to find out what people are saying about Jenrich Fast Cargo.

Most are satisfied with the service and there are few that said a not-so-good feedback.

For the benefits of Filipinos looking for shipping companies to send balikbayan box from Calgary, I decided to share my experience and information about Jenrich Fast Cargo in a single blog post.

Reminder: The Bureau of Customs has a NEW RULE about duty and tax-free balikbayan boxes. Download the information sheet for consolidated shipments of balikbayan boxes.

How to Use the Information Sheet

I’m adding my experience on sending balikbayan boxes through Jenrich with information sheet.

If it is your first time to use the information sheet, you should download the information sheet. You will need two copies of the form for EACH boxes. One for Jenrich Fast Cargo and the other is for yourself.

  1. Fill up the pages 1 and 2
  2. Tape the page 2 of information sheet on top of the balikbayan box
  3. Give one photo copy of your passport

Since the boxes were picked up, I didn’t get any call from Jencrich if there was any issue. It only means that my balikbayan boxes were sailing across the ocean to the Philippines.

Pros and Cons

What I like about Jenrich Fast Cargo

  • The customer service is reliable. Every time I call to check the available pick up schedule, the staff answers the call immediately. The staff are friendly from the time I call to the pick up date.
  • The balikbayan boxes are always pick up on the set schedule. If the schedule change, I am immediately notified.
  • FREE box replacement.
  • FREE shipping of one box for certain number of boxes. I forgot how many boxes should you send to avail free-charge for a box. You can give them a call especially if you are sending a lot of boxes. I don’t see why you shouldn’t take advantage of the promo.

What I don’t like about Jenrich Fast Cargo

  • I never had any unfortunate experience in the past since I’ve chosen to send boxes to my relatives in Manila through Jenrich Fast Cargo. The boxes arrived in good shape. Nothing is missing.
  • I don’t complain whether the box takes a long time to arrive in the Philippines or not. The boxes still has to go through the customs and whatever legal process are required so I don’t want to stress myself with duration. I am more annoyed when my family keeps on asking me “When are the boxes going to arrive?” or “How long has it been since you sent the boxes.” In response, I send the invoice screenshot. All the information is provided. Call or send an email; I’m passing the ball to my family. (I’m sure you do have the same experience.)

The company also offer other services such as travel agency and money remittance. I never avail those services because I send remittance through PayPal and I booked my flight online, so I can’t give any feedback regarding the other non-shipping services.

Word of Advice

For newbies or anyone looking for a better service from shipping companies in Calgary, I would recommend Jenrich Fast Cargo based entirely on my experience.

If you want to know more about the company, the information are provided below. If you spot some errors, do let me know.

Jenrich Fast Cargo

Jenrich Fast Cargo Office in Calgary

Contact Information:

Location: Suite 101, 6036 3rd St. SW Calgary, Alberta T2H 0H9
Mobile: (403) 615-6465 ALO, (403) 607-1305
Telephone: (587) 354-0993, (587) 354-0994

Office Hours:

Monday to Saturday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Sunday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Balikbayan Box Shipping

Regular Box Pick Up and Drop Off Price:

Manila – $70, $60
Suburbs – $75, $65
Luzon I – $80, $70
Luzon II – $85, $75
Visayas – $90, $80
Mindanao – $100, $90
Inter-island – Additional fee and lead time

Your can avail the FREE box replacement every time your balikbayan boxes are picked up. In my case, I often send two boxes for every shipping so I get to have two free boxes ready to be filled up again within the next six months.

The shipping is direct from Calgary to Manila (based on the advertisement). Based on my experience, my relatives receive the balikbayan box from Calgary to Manila within two months.

I can’t tell how long it takes in other province. If you are a customer of Jenrich Fast Cargo, leave a comment. Let us know how long it takes for your family to receive the boxes.

Money Remittance

  • Service charge flat rate of $8.00
  • Door to door, bank to bank, and pick up

Travel agency

  • All inclusive travel packages
  • Flights to the Philippines and to the world
  • Travel insurance

Jenrich Fast Cargo Office in Manila

Contact Information:

B8 Bldg. 1 Tepaurel Compound, National Rd1 Putatan, Muntinlupa City
Mobile:  (0917) 355-2141, (0939) 557-8327
Telephone: (02) 831-1534

Office Hours: Monday to Friday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)

What to Do if the Balikbayan Boxes Hasn’t Arrived in the Philippines

At times due some events whether at the port or customs, balikbayan boxes are taking too long to arrive to the destination.

It happened to me before but fortunately the boxes arrived at our home in the Philippines. So what are you suppose to do in times like this?

First, don’t fret. Second, call the Calgary office for the updates since you cannot track online the balikbayan boxes.

Tip: Make sure to send the balikbayan boxes in the Philippines at least 3 months before the target date to make allowance for any delay or whatever reasons.

Can You Send Items that Cannot Fit in the Balikbayan Box?

Yes you can. Ask the staff first for tips on how to pack the item and how much is the cost.

My bike in sitting in the garage but it is still in good condition. I wondered if I can send it to the Philippines. I was surprised to know that all I have to do is to disassemble the handle and wrap the bike, maybe of plastic.

My friend were able to send a flat-screen TV using its packaging. Let me know in the comment if you were able to send anything that doesn’t require or fit in a balikbayan box.

Final Thoughts

Although I give a straightforward feedback without ranting, it doesn’t mean you have to take my advice. Ask your friends about Jenrich Fast Cargo; what do they like  or don’t like about  the company.

In fact, have a well-balanced skepticism. You don’t have to believe somebody, even me. Do your research and listen to your intuition.

Share your feedback about Jenrich Fast Cargo. Also how about some tips in packing a balikbayan box.

Resource: Pinoy Times

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Comments

  1. Generosa Bernasol says:

    Past 2 months na wala pa yung package na padala ng Mr. ko 4/29/2017 pa pinadala. July 11 na!

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      Hi Generosa. You can contact the Calgary and Manila offices of Jenrich for updates. The contact information is on the blog post. Based on my experience it usually takes 2 months for the boxes to arrive in Manila and much longer in provinces.

  2. Thanks for sharing the information which will help the people to use Freight Forwarding Service. I didn’t use the service yet, but I hope that I will use it in recent future. But Recently my friend use the service from Globalistics Philippines & he suggested me to take this. So I planned to use the service from them.

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      Glad to know more freight companies in Calgary. Thanks Rodriguez. If you did avail the service of Globalistics Philippines, I hope you don’t mind if you could share your experience and details about the company for our kababayan. Thanks again.

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