My friends with babies and I have had stuff delivered from the US, before we had our little ones. I scouted for great deals that I could find online. I found good deals from Amazon. One of these was Zeeka’s stroller. It was a BOB Stroller. I was constantly looking for a good jogger stroller here in the Philippines, but I couldn’t find one. It was a pleasant surprise that I go to find this stroller valued only at $329 (around Php 15,000 only). This was cheaper than the other strollers in the stores here which are valued at double the price.

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delivered Stroller

The thing was, the stroller had really huge wheels so I looked for a way to ship it to the Philippines. Aside from that, I ordered other things from abroad like baby bottles, breast pumps for both me and Baby Zeeka. Through constant searching and comparing, the finally chose to have these things shipped using Philippine Online Box or POBox.ph. Using them is very simple. All you have to do is register at their site (http://pobox.ph/) and then create your request. What POBox.ph does is that they give you an address that you can use when you order items online. These items are then delivered to POBox.ph’s warehouse in California. POBox.ph then sorts the things and places them inside boxes.

They then send a billing statement to us so that we can pay for the shipment. The items are then sent to the Manila warehouse where the boxes are then delivered to our homes.
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What I like about POBox.ph is that it’s cheaper than other courier services. They charge you based on the box that they use to fit all the stuff that you bought. They are cheaper also, because they use ships rather than airplanes, so fees are lower. It definitely made sense for me that time to use their services since what I had delivered was one standard balikbayan box (their red box) and one huge box where the stroller that I ordered was placed. They give you also a quote for huge items that cannot fit into their standard boxes.

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POBox.ph has a promo now for BPI Cardholders, which can be availed between September 17, 2013 to January 15, 2014. If you have any of the following cards, BPI Blue, BPI Gold, BPI Petron, BPI Skymiles, BPI Skymiles Platinum, BPI Amore Visa, BPI Amore Visa Platinum, BPI EDGE, BPI E-Credit, My ePrepaid Card, and More Fun Visa Prepaid Card, you can enjoy a 10% off on shipping rates when you order from any U.S.- based website (Amazon.com, Zappos.com, Walmart.com, etc.) and when you use your card to pay for the shipping rates at http://pobox.ph/.
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Remember to avail of this, you must use only BPI Express Credit or Prepaid Card on the international website they you are buying from (Amazon, etc.). Also, please enter first six digits of their card number as promo code at POBox.ph upon payment of shipment.

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Here are the complete Promo Mechanics:

All BPI Credit Card Holders of BPI Blue, BPI Gold, BPI Petron, BPI Skymiles, BPI Skymiles Platinum, BPI Amore Visa, BPI Amore Visa Platinum, BPI EDGE, BPI E-Credit, or BPI My ePrepaid Cards, More Fun Visa Prepaid are qualified to avail of the 10% discount on shipping rates via POBox.ph.
Promo period is from September 17, 2013 – January 15, 2014
BPI Cardholders are required to input the first six (6) digits of their Credit Card or Prepaid Card number under the Promo Code field.
1. For first time users, they must first sign up for a FREE POBox.ph account at http://pobox.ph/. A customer has to create an account with a Username and Password. Also, customer details that include First Name, Last Name, Delivery Address, Email Address, and Contact Number must be provided.

2. Customers must purchase from a U.S.-based website/international website using his BPI Express Credit or BPI Prepaid Card.

3. Upon checkout, the customer must indicate the POBox.ph California warehouse address on the recipient/address field with the following address:
(a)
(b) 1102 Arroyo St., Unit B, San Fernando, California 91340, Tel. 866-9784945

4. Customers must log-on into their POBox.ph account (http://pobox.ph/) using their Username and Password to check status of delivery of purchased item to the POBox.ph California warehouse. Delivery time from online store to the California warehouse varies depending on standard delivery time guaranteed by the online store. Typical delivery time from online store to the POBox.ph California warehouse is between 3-5 days.

5. Once delivered to the POBox.ph California warehouse, POBox.ph alerts the customer via their account page that the order has been received. Customer is alerted that he can now pay for the shipping order.

6. Under his account page at POBox.ph, customer is given a summary of his orders. Before settling payment, customer must first click on the “Coupon Code” button where the customer keys-in the first six (6) digits of his BPI Express Credit or BPI Prepaid Card number as validation for discount. The first six (6) digits or BIN would be the promo’s coupon code

7. A message “The promotional code you have entered was accepted – 10% off using your BPI Card” will show on customer’s screen.

8. Once coupon code is inputted, customer then proceeds to checking out and paying for his shipping order. Customer must click on “Paypal” button under “Mode of Payment”. The customer is brought to a secure page where he is given the amount to be paid. The customer keys in his customer details and card details.

9. After completing the transaction, the customer is sent an email as a confirmation receipt for the payment.

10. For status of shipment, customers can log-in to www.forexworld.us/Home/ The status of shipment can be any of the following:
(a) A. Box Received by Courier
(b) Box Loaded into the Container
(c) Vessel Departed from Port of LA
(d) Container Received in Philippine Customs
(e) Container Released by Philippine Customs
(f) Box Unloaded in Philippine Warehouse
(g) Box Out for Delivery
(h) Box Delivered

11. Approximately forty to forty-five (40-45) days is allotted for delivery time once shipping vessel leaves the Port of Los Angeles. Delivery time already includes delivery to customer’s address.

12. Delivery time is for Metro Manila delivery. For deliveries outside Metro Manila, there are additional charges incurred with the following rates and additional lead time:
(a) Luzon 1
Areas – Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, La Union, Rizal
Delivery time plus 1 week
Shipping rate is plus $10 for all boxes
(b) Luzon 2
Areas – Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines, Ilocos, Abra, Kalinga Apayao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabella, Cagayan Valley, Aurora and Quirino
Delivery time plus 1-2 weeks
Shipping rate is plus $13 for all boxes
(c) Visayas
Areas – Iloilo City, Cebu City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Masbate, Marinduque, Romblon, Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Catanduanes, Bohol, Negros, Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Occidental Mindoro
Delivery time plus 2-4 weeks
Shipping rate is plus $15 for Black and Yellow Boxes; plus $18 for Red, Blue and Green Boxes
(d) Mindanao
Areas – Davao, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Maguindanao, Cotabato, Saranggani, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao, Agusan del Sur, Lanao, Bukidnon and Zamboanga
Delivery time plus 2-4 weeks
Shipping rate is plus $18 for Black and Yellow Boxes; plus $22 for Red, Blue and Green Boxes

Aside from the fact that POBox.ph is a reliable company and I had no problems in using them for my shipment, this is a great promo that you can take advantage off especially when you plan to buy gifts for family and friends for the Holidays. This 10% discount is a big help if you want to spend wisely. Spread the word!

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About The Author

Ginger is the General Manager of ManilaWorkshops.com. She is also the co-founder of a tech start-up company called Turn Up Trumps, Inc. She is a business coach and has her own program called Love the Leap. She has been a blogger since 2005, writing for MommyGinger.com, ManilaFitness.com and ManilaReviews.com. She graduated MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She worked as an account executive for a couple of ad agencies. She also managed a food franchise store. Her longest corporate stint was as a product manager for a known bank in the Philippines.

15 Responses

  1. Inna

    I am very disappointed with PoBox. Their partner courier which is forex cargo delivered my box to their Quezon City address which PoBox has acknowledged. I wonder why they had to address my box to their office and not my house. Its been 2 weeks now since they said they will have it delivered to my address via local courier and I still have not received it.

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  2. Brendon

    What happened to Pobox? I currently have P15,000 worth of package in their US address waiting to be delivered. I have paid for the $30 box already. After three days and four follow-up emails to them whether they have received my payment, I still haven’t received any response. I’m glad to know they are not a scam service from your post but their email support is definitely careless to my concern. http://iamscammer.blogspot.com/2014/11/poboxph-is-this-service-scam.html

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  3. Brendon

    What happened to Pobox? I currently have P15,000 worth of package in their US address waiting to be delivered. I have paid for the $30 box already. After three days and four follow-up emails to them whether they have received my payment, I still haven’t received any response. I’m glad to know they are not a scam service from your post but their email support is definitely careless to my concern.

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  4. Christian Mallari

    Yeah, I’ve used them a few times already and they’ve always been good. They reply 24 hours later to standard emails. They did mess up my last box though where they charged me for a big box and said it was shipped but then it turned out that the box was too big and they put it in a smaller box. They then wanted to charge for that one too. It took them a month to realize what I was saying and got everything sorted out. But my items all arrived perfectly so ok lang. Good and reliable but they will need to work on their coordination with the local reps and the US reps. It’s like they have a hard time communicating.

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  5. geisha

    How many days after payment of the invoice should I expect to get the Tracking number? I paid March 13 and it reflected on their site as paid. Until now, even after repeated emails about my tracking number, their only reply is, wait for it until it reflects on their system. Like hello, its been two weeks already.

    Pobox.ph is a nightmare.

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    • Ginger Arboleda

      Hi Geisha! My invoice was sent after POBox received the items (they need to know the size of the box). It really depends on how fast the seller can ship to POBox. :)

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  6. Gerlie

    Which box was used in your package? How much did the shipping cost total? I’m thinking of buying a similar sized item.

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  7. Joshua

    I had an items in pobox and I checked all my packages to be shipped, and as expected I got the green box worth $75 + $13 for the provincial charge I paid this through their BDO Peso Account, but I emailed them to confirm if they include my 5 vapes on my packages since I don’t see the packed date of that particular items ,and I was very disappointed on their answer (No, we did not include your 5 vapes because your box was already full) … WTF! The thing here is if that actually happened then they should emailed me for this situation so that I can decide if what items I’m going to remove, but they did not do that at all. Until now I’m still waiting for the tracking # as they said they will email me again for the tracking #.

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  8. gladys

    did you have to pay the bureau of customs? i want to order stuff from US but i don’t want to be charged 100%-200% by the bureau of customs AGAIN.. :)

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      • Jhune

        tama ba intindi ko? bale after mong mag-order online, magsesend ang POBox.ph ng billing statement sa home address mo dito sa pilipinas for u to pay the delivery cost. after u paid it u’ll wait for at least a month to receive the package.

        By the way, pwede bang i-ship sa office address yung item. ayoko kase sa bahay namin.

      • EJ Arboleda

        Yes, they’ll send you the billing statement AFTER they receive the package from Amazon, eBay, etc. And then you pay the delivery cost.
        They ship it kasi via container so that’s why you only pay based on size, regardless of weight.
        Yeah, they can deliver anywhere you want, basta may magrereceive.
        Thanks for visiting!

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