Balikbayan Box Shipping from Canada to the Philippines

As a child I patiently wait for new episodes of cartoons. A week seems like forever.

But when it comes to a balikbayan box shipping from Canada to the Philippines, I was excited with every passing day.

The struggle in opening the box. The cold, pleasant smell of everything inside. It’s all worth the wait.

Balikbayan Box Shipping from Canada

But now, it is my turn to give back and let someone experience the same feeling I had as a child.

Be forwarned though, all OFWs has to master one more thing other than packing a lot of things in the balikbayan box.

Find an accredited freight forwarder with a good track record.

I was fortunate to send all the balikbayan boxes to my family in the Philippines in spite of a few weeks of delay.

I’m grateful to have recommendations from relatives about a reliable freight forwarder.

If you don’t know who to ask or want to learn more, I gathered a  list of freight forwarders that I’ve read in the newspaper and searched online.

Note: the list is not an endorsement. I still encourage you to check any negative reviews about the company before sending off your well-packed boxes to a long journey out in the sea.

And if you know a reliable agent that is missing on the list, leave a comment. I’ll update the post for everyone’s convenience.

Balikbayan Box Shipping Company

I arranged the list in alphabetical order and not based on significance.

Choose wisely. Compare the price and avail the discount if any.

1. Forex Alberta

It offers weekly shipping from Calgary to the Philippines. You can track the shipment online and choose from different balikbayan boxes: regular, bagahe, and bulilit.

Calgary Price (Pick Up  and Thursday Drop Off)

Manila – $75, $65
Suburbs – $80, $70
Luzon I – $85, $75
Luzon II – $90, $80
Visayas – $95, $85
Mindanao – $100, $90

Contact Information:

328-39th Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB T2G 1X6
Telephone:  (403) 873-6739 / (403) 243-2912 / (403) 232-6712
For after office pick up: (403) 399-2912 / (403) 399-2553
Fax:  (403) 243-2003
Toll Free: 1-866-503-6939
Toll Free: 1 (866) 503-6739
Website: http://forex-orientalcargo.com/
Email: forexcalgary@forex-orientalcargo.com, forex_alberta@hotmail.com

Office Hours:

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

Branches:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Saskatchewan

Other Services:

  • Air parcel
  • Money remittance

2. Forex Toronto

Forex Toronto was established in April 1998. It provides courier service to the Filipino community in Toronto. On May 19, 2016, the Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence (two consecutive years) was awarded to Forex Toronto.

Regular and Baby Box Pick Up Price:

Metro Manila – $80, $55
Luzon I – $90, $65
Luzon II – $95, $65
Visayas – $105, $70
Mindanao – $110, $75
Other areas (Catanduanes, Masbate, Palawan) – $110, $75

Contact Information:

515 Milner Avenue Unit 10 Scarborough, ON M1B 2K4
Telephone: (416) 335-8555 / (416) 609-3843
Fax: (416) 609-3843
Toll Free: 1-855-367-3986
Website: http://www.myforextoronto.com/
Email: forex_toronto@yahoo.ca

Office Hours: Monday to Sunday (8:00 am – 10:00 pm)

Jenrich Fast Cargo Balikbayan Box

3. Jenrich Fast Cargo

I had sent balikbayan boxes from Canada to the Philippines through Jenrich Fast Cargo in the past.

(This is not a sponsored post for Jenrich or any company.)

The introductory price was charged  for regular parcel boxes which were replaced for free when my boxes were picked up.

The company send the boxes through direct shipping from Calgary to Manila. Within five weeks, my family received the boxes.

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

Contact Information:

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)

Other Services:

  • Travel agency
  • Money remittance

4. LBC Express

While other balikbayan box shipping companies show the box prices based on the destination, on LBC Express website you can calculate the cost by entering the size of the box and details of the package.

Try this feature and confirm the cost to get the best deal.

Website: http://www.lbcexpress.com/ca/
Schedule a Pick Up: live chat

Branches:

  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

Other Services:

  • Money transfer
  • Bills payment

5. Manila Express

Manila Express was suggested by a reader so here’s a bit of information.

The balikbayan boxes of Manila Express are shipped from Vancouver to Manila. The fee for the following boxes range from $60.00 to $120.00 which depends on the destination:

  1. Big balikayan box (18″ x 18″ x 29″)
  2. Love box (14″ x 14″ x 21″)

Website: http://www.manila-express.com/

Branches:

  • Alberta (Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray)
  • British Columbia (New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria, Warehouse, and West Vancouver)
  • Manitoba (Winnipeg)
  • Ontario (North York and Scarborough)
  • Quebec (Montreal)
  • Saskatchewan (Regina and Saskatoon)
  • Yukon (Whitehorse)

Other Services:

  • Bank to bank transactions
  • Door-to-door delivery
  • Cash card
  • Pick-up transaction
  • Cargo deliveries

6. Star Cargo Express

Star Cargo Express offers weekly shipping. If you send two regular boxes then you’ll only pay $10.00 for a bulilit box.

Contact Information:

Telephone: (403) 201-1840, (403) 243-3800

Regular Box Pick Up and Drop Off Price:

Manila – $65, $55
Suburbs – $70, $60
Luzon I – $75, $65
Luzon II – $80, $70
Visayas – $85, $75
Mindanao – $95, $85

7. StarKargo

ABS-CBN StarKargo started in U.S. and in 2016 it provides door-to-door shipments from Ontario, Canada to the Philippines.

An Ontario resident and TFC (The Filipino Channel) subscriber can avail the %5 off in StarKargo. You can also track the package online.

Among the freight forwarders, StarKargo has an organized, informative website which add to its credibility.

But that’s not the only criteria of an accredited freight forwarders that you should look out for.

Contact Information:

Authorized Agent: MCA Cash and Cargo
Drop-Off Locations: 1445 Courtneypark Drive East, Mississauga ON, L5T 2E3
Telephone: (416) 495-7007
Telephone (inquiries in the Philipppines): (632) 638-2171
Website: http://www.tfc-ca.com/starkargo/
Email (inquiries in Ontario): customerserviceCA@abs-cbni.com

Branches:

  • Kitchener
  • Cambridge
  • Mississauga
  • Thornhill
  • North York

8. UMAC Express Cargo

Established in 1988, UMAC was known back then as Forex Cargo. It was the pioneer in the freight forwarding industry.

Wondering what is the origin of company’s name? It was named after Teodoro “Uncle Mac” M. Carino Jr., the late Chairman of the Forex Family of Companies.

Pros:

  • In-house fleet of delivery trucks
  • Free box strapping and box replacement
  • Track your box online
  • DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) accredited

Regular Box Pick Up Price:

Manila – $80.00
Rizal – $85.00
Luzon I – $90.00
Luzon II – $95.00
Visayas – $100.00
Mindanao – $110.00

Philippines Head Office:

130 Ipil St. Cor. Ipil Ext. Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Telephone: (632) 941-4212 / (632) 475-4057 / (632) 475-4229
Fax: (632) 475-4058
Website: http://www.umaccargo.net/
Email: customerservice@umaccargo.net

Branches:

  • Vancouver, British Columbia (604) 759-8622
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba (204) 788-4539
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (306) 954-3458
  • Calgary, Alberta (403) 452-8622
  • Edmonton, Alberta (587) 520-8605
  • Regina, Saskatchewan (306) 570-3721

Final Thoughts

I’m guessing there are more freight forwarders in Canada because some of the companies in the list doesn’t have a website and rely on print advertisement.

So before I end this post, I encourage you again to contribute in the list.

Lastly, your feedback either good or bad can help the OFWs to send balikbayan box from Canada to the Philippines through a reliable freight forwarders.

How was your experience in sending balikbayan boxes?

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Comments

  1. Mario Bedard says:

    The main problem is that we can’t track the boxes on line. Forex Cargo Alliance Edmonton tracking box is a dud. Leads nowhere and only tells you that you have sent something. You must phone them. But again, their voice mail box is always full and can’t leave messages. When you reach someone, it is 50/50 if they are too busy to check. USA has a tracking APP but Canadian numbers don’t work in it.
    Options are: keep calling until you get lucky, Call in Manila directly or hope for the best your box will be there on time regardless of our worries and concern.

    Mario

  2. Boxes going south include Leyte and Mindanao are delayed. Boxes sent in September have not arrived. I have talked with three other people that are experiencing the same situation. Last word I had was boxes would arrive December 31 but nothing has arrived. Of the three people I know that also sent boxes in September one filipina has one out of three boxes. Definitely something is wrong.

  3. Try Manila Express I don’t see them listed here but I personally have no complaints. I have full confidence in their ability from when my boxes are taken to the main office to when they are delivered to Leyte and Mindanao. I have found Mindanao takes about one week additional time .

  4. How about New Brunswick. Can you recommend any?

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      I’ll update the blog post once I found a courier service in New Brunswick. Thanks for asking.

  5. Hi! Do you know any freight which can bring my stuffs from manila to calgary? Thanks

  6. Here in Fort Mcmurray,are there people dealing with balikbayan boxes.Asian mini-mart was not but it was them w/c was in the manila express list.
    Thanks!

  7. Jonah R. says:

    Hi UMAC Toronto has an agent to pick up in New Brunswick area, his name is Ed Sayson 506-721-8146

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      Thanks for the info Jonah. Additional info could also help like Facebook page or website.

  8. I have sent LBC box from Toronto to Cagayan de Oro in 2014 and it arrived December 1st week earlier than expected. It cost $80 (Canadian dollar), at that time…in terms of the route, I wonder if the box will go to California before it will be sent to Manila Philippines because in the United States depending on which state you are, the boxes are enrouted to one place to another depending which port is closer to your state . After which, a certain period of time you then can track the box online using LBC tracker. You cannot track the box right away online by the time they pick up on day 1.

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      Thanks for the information Claire. I think the process is the same thing here in Canada. I asked the staff of a cargo shipping company and he said, the box is transported in the port of Vancouver. From there it will take 2 months or more before the boxes arrive in Manila. And since you mentioned online tracking, I’ll check mine once I sent balikbayan boxes in the Philippines from Canada. (It was my family who track it online and contact the company in the Manila office.)

  9. I sent a box on August 30, 2016; until now it didn’t arrive. I had 2 months vacation in the Philippines; I came back and the box is still not delivered.

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      Hi Julita. It’s quite unusual to hear your story. Have you tried contacting the cargo shipping company. Are they returning your call/email etc? This is not a good sign to do business with such company. Hope you can give us an update.

      • I asked my friend to follow up last November 2016 and they said that it’s already in Manila warehouse ready to be delivered. When i came back I missed placed the receipt and didn’t call again. Only when my sister reminds me that she haven’t received yet my box, so I tried to find the receipt again. She said she will call them one of these days so I sent her the information. Last night I was trying to used the tracking number to locate it. It said this tracking number is unavailable.

      • Pwede Padala Gal says:

        I guess someone should come to their office in Manila since it’s been so long.

      • Great idea, thanks.

  10. Know anybody who can pick up cargo from Victoria and send to Bohol? Thanks Sol.

    • Pwede Padala Gal says:

      You can try Manila Express. Press CTRL+F and type the keyword (eg. Victoria) to navigate the site. Refer to the blog post for updates.

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