This article hits home for me because my wife wants to send goods to the Philippines. I have a 13-year-old niece, Lian. We have promised many presents but they won’t get to her by Christmas. We have bought her shirts, shorts, shoes, and many presents but the shipping time was 2 months by LBC which ships but it will take 4 months to get to her. Now we have shipped a couple of items to Lian, as well as my wife’s brother, but the cost of air freight cost us for a little box cost us $110 for a couple of pounds. We can fill a huge LBC box with contents that weigh about 65 pounds, which costs a more reasonable $75.
Both cost and delivery times have skyrocketed in recent months due to Covid-19 restrictions affecting all aspects of the shipping industry: truck driver shortages, dock loading and unloading bottlenecks, and massive increases in regulations and fees. There are literally dozens of cargo ships just outside our ports of Los Angeles (San Pedro) and Long Beach, including one ship that caused an environmental disaster by breaking an oil pipeline with an anchor.
To our niece, Lian: we love you and next year when you get your goodies know we bought all the clothes for you our of our Love. Please let all of our family members: aunts, cousins, and siblings know that we love them all. Merry Christmas! Sincerely Robert and Susan Jordan owner of Shockwave.us.