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Balikbayan Box Packaging Guidelines


·         Shipping Box – Contact your local FOREX Cargo agent to purchase or you may also get a similar box from U-Haul/Home Depot/Office Max. Make sure that the specs are close with FOREX boxes.

·         Scotch Shipping Strapping Tape (Extreme) (Gray Duct tape is not recommended) - can be purchased at Office Depot or Office Max

·         Scissor/Cutting tool

·         Pen and Marker

·         Two Large Trash bag to be used as liner

·         Freezer bags to be used for liquid items


  1. Fill-in and complete the Forex Bureau Of Customs Packing List and make three (3) photocopies of the lists. One to be placed inside the box, one for your copy and one to be given to your agent to be attached to the invoice.

  2. For protection place the large trash bag inside the box

  3. Begin packing by neatly fold items that would serve as cushion

  4. Place liquid items such as mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, etc inside the freezer bags, to protect other items

  5. Secure the caps with tape before closing the grocery bag

  6. Place padded materials on the sides

  7. Listed are the following materials or goods that are NOT accepted by FOREX CARGO.

    • No Electronics - Computers or Tablets

    • No Microwave or Toaster Oven

    • Currencies

    • Precious Metal or Stone

    • Fire Arms / Ammunition / Bullets

    • Explosives / Guns

    • Money Orders

    • Traveler’s Checks

    • Prescription / Illegal Drugs

    • Perishable Items

    • Lewd, obscene, or pornographic materials

    • Industrial carbons and diamonds, Communication Equipment

    • Combustible materials

    • Motor vehicle parts

  8. Some electronics are permitted but subject to Philippine tariff tax. Contact the Aurora Office or your COFOREX agent for more details

  9. Invoice must be properly filled with address and phone number of the recipient

  10. Fill out declaration section of the invoice as accurate as possible. COFOREX and FOREX Cargo (CAL) Inc. will not be responsible for any charges or delay from Philippine customs which caused by sender misrepresentation.

  11. Cushion the top with padded materials. Place trash bag on top to protect the items inside

  12. Place a copy of the lists inside before closing the box

  13. Seal the box with a clear packing tape. Make sure all corners and joints are well taped

  14. Using the permanent marker, label at least one side of the box with printed sender and consignee information. Make sure you provide the Name, Complete address, Telephone Number, Cell Phone and eMail while filling up the invoice.

  15. We DO NOT Pick-up in the basement

  16. We don't accept none cargo type box such as U-Haul, HomeDepot,Lowes etc. We only accpet FEDEX, FOREX and other Shippers Cargo boxes

  17. Be considerate. For safe handling, do not make the box so heavy. If possible, spread out heavy items to other boxes

Note: We DO NOT accept heavy box - considered back breaker. Accepted weight is between 130 - 145 lbs. To test, roll your box towards you. If you're able to manage to roll your box as described we might be able to accept.

Be mindful of the weight of your box and for the individuals delivering your boxes. Regardless if you give them tip or gratuity, if they got injured while transporting or delivering your box their family will be affected.

Video to properly pack a FOREX Cargo Balikbayan box

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Abe Adriano,
Mar 8, 2011, 9:33 PM
Abe Adriano,
Aug 7, 2017, 9:01 AM