Why choose Seven Seas Worldwide?
Purpose-built shipping boxes and materials provided
Trusted with your shipments for over 25 years
Pick your own dates for shipment delivery and collection
Spread the cost by paying over two instalments
We handle the Philippines customs clearance process
International shipping to the Philippines for over 25 years
The Republic of the Philippines is a collection of paradise islands in South-East Asia, full of natural beauty and friendly locals. The sun shines all year, lighting up everything from colourful festivals to lazy days spent at the beach. From snorkelling with sealife and cliff jumping to tasty street food and underground rivers, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether travelling, beginning a new job or starting university, you'll want to take as many home comforts as possible. That's where our international shippers come in. Our boxes and bags collection and delivery service covers most cities and towns in the Philippines, including Malina, Cebu City, Baguio, Davao, Makati and Puerto Princesa.
With over 25 years of experience shipping boxes, bags and more overseas, we make the entire process easy. Our expert team, in-depth local knowledge and round-the-clock customer service support you every step of the way.
Send bags and boxes from South Africa to the Philippines stress-free
We've designed our luggage delivery services to be as straightforward as possible. In other words, we handle the logistics, so you don't have to! All you need to do is make a booking, pack your possessions, and complete all the correct documents in your online account. We'll come to your home, collect your shipment, pass it through customs, and deliver it to the Philippines.
Here are a few more reasons why our worldwide shippers make sending your belongings to the Philippines easy:
- Free secure storage: our shipping services include two weeks of complimentary storage in most origin and destination countries where we operate.
- No hidden fees: thanks to a global network of depots, we provide a door-to-door collection and delivery service. Get a free online quote in minutes for a transparent cost breakdown of your shipment's journey to the Philippines.
- Pay in two stages: we won't ask for the entire cost upfront. Instead, make two payments across your shipment's journey — a deposit after booking and the remaining balance before shipment delivery.
- Customs clearance: with over 25 years of experience shipping internationally, we guide your shipment through customs. All you need to do is pack your belongings and complete your online documents.
- Round-the-clock customer service: our multilingual customer support team can answer questions and offer advice 24/7.
Overseas shipping to the Philippines in 5 steps
Free online quick quote
Our instant quote tool provides a clear, itemised cost with no hidden fees or nasty surprises.
Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the materials delivery and shipment collection dates that suit you.
Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes or MoveCube®, ready for you to fill.
We collect and ship
Complete the online documentation. Then we'll send your shipment to the Philippines.
Delivered to your address
Our team will clear your goods through customs and deliver them safely to your new home.
What kind of international shipping boxes do we offer?
Our international shipping company provides containers to protect your personal effects during long journeys to the Philippines. Made from double-walled, chemically-strengthened cardboard, our most popular boxes are Large and Standard (exact dimensions below). Order more than you need, and if you have any unused containers in brand-new condition, we'll collect them for free.
Specially-shaped containers made from the same materials are available for guitars, surfboards, etc. Before collection, wrap these goods thoroughly. We'll then take them to our nearest depot and securely box them before shipping.
You can use your own containers. But please avoid laundry bags, plastic crates, used food boxes and bin liners. Such containers break easily and could damage the rest of your belongings. Would you like to send large household goods like furniture and kitchen appliances? If so, our overseas removals service, the MoveCube®, is your most cost-effective option.
61 x 51 x 41cm / 24 x 20 x 16.14 inches
- Sports equipment
51 x 41 x 31cm / 20 x 16.14 x 12.2 inches
- Files and papers
- Children's toys
What kind of tax and customs considerations should I be aware of?
We make shipping luggage internationally to the Philippines straightforward by handling customs inspections. But there are some regulations you should be aware of.
Like the rest of the world, the Philippines has country-specific restrictions to protect its people and the environment. Please reference our up-to-date Prohibited Goods page to avoid packing restricted items.
Log in to your account and fill in the following documents:
- An inventory itemising everything you want to send. Philippine government officials will see this, so accuracy is crucial.
- Optional insurance forms to protect your goods in the rare chance of loss or damage.
- Colour scans of the shipment owner's passport picture and signature pages.
You must be present in the Philippines when your shipment arrives and have owned your belongings for at least six months. Depending on your visa type, you can import household goods and personal effects for free, or they could be subject to 30% customs duties and 12% tax. Visit the Philippine embassy website for further information.
If you have any questions, our multilingual customer support team are available 24/7.
We make shipping luggage internationally to the Philippines straightforward by handling customs inspections.
FAQs: shipping to the Philippines from South Africa
As one of the world's most trusted shipping companies, we simplify the entire journey. Follow these steps:
- Get a quick free online quote for a transparent cost breakdown. Then, make an order, pay your deposit and let us know a preferred date so we can deliver any requested packing materials.
- Pack your possessions and complete your online documents. Then, choose a date so we can collect your shipment.
- Once you've made your Shipping and Transportation payment, we'll send your possessions to the Philippines. Then, we'll clear them through customs and complete delivery.
Your shipment takes 92 days by sea from South Africa to the Philippines via our boxes and bags shipping service. Transit time begins when you make your Shipping and Transportation payment and ends when your goods arrive in the Philippines.
You can send most items found at home with our boxes and bags shipping service. Plus, specially-shaped goods, like surfboards and musical instruments. Do you need to send larger household items like sofas and tables? If so, our international removals service, the MoveCube®, is your most cost-effective option.
Countries worldwide have legal considerations and restrictions to protect their citizens and the environment. As such, certain items are strictly prohibited. Please reference our regularly-updated Prohibited Goods page to avoid unwanted delays or fines.
You must have owned your personal belongings for at least six months before shipping to the Philippines. Depending on your nationality and visa, you can send household items and personal effects duty-free or subject to 30% customs and 12% tax. Visit the Philippine embassy website for further information.
Please check our regularly-updated Prohibited Goods page for additional information.
Since we control a worldwide network of depots, we offer door-to-door boxes and bags collection and delivery at an affordable price. But costs vary depending on how much you send and the origin and destination countries. Use our free online quote tool for a cost breakdown in minutes specific to your needs.
To ensure your goods arrive via the most efficient method possible, all shipping and air routes are predefined and cannot be altered.
How long does it take to send luggage from South Africa to the Philippines?*
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*estimated transit times dependent on global shipping circumstances
Send boxes and bags worldwide with our 4-point packing guide
Secure your boxes:
Gather all your packing materials, including parcel tape and a knife. Secure the base of your container by folding in the small flaps, then the large flaps and sealing them shut with three layers of overlapping parcel tape.
Cover exposed edges with more parcel tape, then wrap around the bottom of your box. Once full, seal the lid using the same process.
Be extra-cautious with fragile goods:
Use bubble wrap on all items and several layers for delicate goods. Place the heaviest items along the bottom of your box and lighter things on top and away from the sides.
Fill gaps with soft materials like packing paper and towels. Give your container a gentle shake. If anything moves, add more soft materials until it stops.
Complete your online inventory:
Log in to your account and fill in your inventory — an itemised list of everything you are sending. Philippine customs officials will see it, so accuracy is a must.
Using a marker pen, write the job number, box number, and shipment owner's destination country and city on two sides of each container. Double-check with your inventory before writing.
Prepare for collection day:
The maximum each container may weigh is 30kg/66lbs for your and our driver's safety. Weigh all your boxes or bags on bathroom scales. If a container is over the limit, move some items to a lighter box.
Finally, for a smooth collection day experience, move all your containers as close to your building's entrance as possible.
Excellent and superb service. The operators I dealt with were all friendly, very clear in giving instructions and responded to my inquiries effectively. Whenever I had confusion regarding payment and estimated arrival time for what I shipped, I just called them, regardless of the time. Seven Seas Worldwide are available 24/7! They informed me of a precise delivery time (via phone, text and email), which allowed me to organise my daily schedule. I won't hesitate to use this service again :) Well done, Seven Seas Worldwide.Fara
Top tourist hotspots in the Philippines
The Philippines is a tropical archipelago in southern Asia that attracts millions of visitors yearly. The country's natural beauty, cultural richness, and hospitality make it a destination worth exploring. From untouched white sand beaches to historical landmarks, you'll never be short of things to discover.
The following are a handful of the many must-visit destinations in The Philippines' most popular cities:
Manila is a melting pot of cultures, flavours, and adventures. The bustling capital of the Philippines blends historical charm with modern city living. Experience an intoxicating mix of colonial architecture, lively markets and cultural landmarks.
Step back in time: the historic walled city of Intramuros is a must-see for history buffs. Discover Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and landmarks like Fort Santiago. Take a guided tour, ride a horse-drawn carriage, and experience Manila's rich past.
Picnic in a serene urban park: Rizal Park is a sprawling green space in the heart of the city. Named after a national hero, the park is a peaceful environment featuring beautiful gardens and the iconic Rizal Monument.
Learn about Filipino cultural history: the National Museum of the Philippines houses an impressive collection of art and archaeology from the Philippines. Explore various galleries, including the National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People.
Walk with the fishes: Manila Ocean Park offers an immersive underwater experience. Stare in wonder at diverse marine life, enjoy interactive exhibits and swim with dolphins. Located along the natural harbour of Manila Bay, this fascinating oceanarium is a delight for visitors of all ages.
A bustling metropolis in Central Philippines, Cebu City blends growing urban landscapes and natural beauty. Famous for its historical sites, shopping and stunning beaches, the city captivates thanks to its hospitality and adventurous spirit.
Touch a 1600s landmark: Spanish explorers built Magellan's Cross to mark the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. It stands within the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, a revered Catholic church. Explore the chapel, touch the cross, and participate in ceremonies.
Pray in paradise: the Taoist Temple is a colourful and serene place of worship for Cebu's Chinese community. Climb 81 steps to gain blessings and insights from ancient Taoist teachings. Enjoy the intricate architecture, ornate decorations, and breathtaking views.
Take in remarkable views: sitting high above Cebu City, Tops Lookout provides breathtaking views of the city's skyline and nearby islands. Enjoy spectacular sunsets, take photographs, and unwind amidst the natural beauty.
Visit a 16th-century military structure: Fort San Pedro is a well-preserved fortress and the oldest triangular bastion fort in the Philippines. It has since transformed into a museum where tourists can explore the exhibits and enjoy panoramic sights.
Baguio is a picturesque city nestled in the mountains of Luzon. With its cool climate and eye-catching flower gardens, it offers tourists a refreshing escape. You'll never run out of things to see and do in the "Summer Capital of the Philippines".
Explore an urban jungle: Burnham Park is a green space famous for its scenic gardens, boating lagoon, and sports facilities. Enjoy swan-shaped boat rides, stroll around the park, picnic, or rent bicycles.
Witness religious beauty: the Baguio Cathedral, aka Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, is a sacred landmark. Its distinct pink colour and refined architecture make it an unforgettable sight. Attend mass, appreciate the intricate stained glass windows, and enjoy the peaceful ambience.
Enjoy an iconic viewpoint: Mines View Park offers breathtaking views of the Benguet mountains and the old mining town of Itogon. Admire the landscape, try on traditional clothing and buy local handicrafts.
Participate in fun activities: Camp John Hay was once a recreational facility for the US Army. These days, it serves as a popular leisure destination with a golf course, gardens and accommodations. Enjoy horseback riding, zip-lining, or have a picnic.
Davao is a city in the southern Philippines renowned for its natural beauty and warm hospitality. Enjoy a mix of urban development and breathtaking landscapes, rich wildlife, and a safe and clean environment.
Hike to the county's highest peak: Mount Apo, a dormant volcano, offers hiking enthusiasts challenging trails up to the summit. Enjoy stunning landscapes, diverse flora and panoramic views in an unforgettable experience.
Meet some crocs: the Davao Crocodile Park & Zoo is a popular wildlife conservation centre. It houses several species of crocodiles and other exotic animals, like tigers and snakes. Witness feeding sessions, interact with the wildlife, and learn about conservation efforts.
Wander inside a giant fruit: the People's Park in Davao is a relaxing oasis in the heart of the city. Enjoy lush gardens, scenic walkways and recreational facilities. The park is well known for its iconic Durian Dome, which houses a mini-museum on the city's storied past.
Enjoy a fun and relaxing getaway: Eden Nature Park and Resort is a serene mountain retreat on the city's edge. Stroll along the beautiful gardens, partake in adventure activities and breathe in the cool mountain air.