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LBC Sea Cargo Rates 2024 – The Complete Guide

LBC Express’s Sea Cargo rates vary across different regions in the world. In addition, compared to LBC Air Cargo rates, LBC’s Sea Cargo rates are much more reasonable. If you are shipping from one of the 30 countries LBC Express operates from, and if you are okay with your package taking more time to reach the Philippines, this is a great shipping option.

Many Balikbayan boxes are shipped every year by the OFW community (Overseas Filipino Workers) using this method, given that the cost per kilo is drastically lower.

For example, the cost per kilo for a ‘Small Air Box’ of size 24″ x 18″ 9″ is US$18 (up to 12kgs) for a package being shipped from the United States to the Philippines.

A package of the same size costs between $3.75-$5.25 per kilo if shipped through the slower sea freight route!

That is a minimum saving of 70%! Imagine that! Of course, if you have a package that needs to be sent urgently to the Philippines, then it might be worth the price, but if you are like most customers shipping items from abroad back to the Philippines, then this is a great bargain provided by LBC Express.

Once you have booked the sea cargo services, LBC will issue a 12-digit code, which can be used to track your sea cargo box using our LBC Tracking tool.

LBC Sea Cargo Rates- Shipping from Overseas

Below, you will find a series of tables where we have shown the approximate rates when sending your boxes using LBC Sea Freight/ LBC Sea Cargo. The lowest price represents the cost of shipping from the country of origin indicated to Metro Manila. On the other hand, the higher price indicated is for items being shipped to Visayas or Mindanao- two regions that typically have the highest Sea Cargo rates even for Air Freight. Please click on the relevant table below to navigate to the appropriate region/ country:

LBC North America Sea Freight Rates

Whether you are shipping from the United States to the Philippines or from Canada to the Philippines using Sea Cargo, the rates are calculated using cubic feet. According to information from LBC Branches in California and British Columbia, there are three different box sizes available for this route: Small, Large, and Extra Large. All the rates mentioned are in inches (even for Canada). As indicated in the table below, on average, it costs between $45 to $100 to send a box using Sea Freight from the United States to the Philippines.

United States 🇺🇸 Canada 🇨🇦
Small Box (S)
(size: 24″ x 18″ x 9″)
US$ 45-63CA$ 70-90
Large Box (L)
(size: 23″ x 17″ x 20″)
US$ 75-95CA$ 90-120
Extra Large Box (XL)
(size: 24″ x 18″ x 24″)
US$ 80-100CA$ 90-120
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo Rates from the United States and Canada

LBC Guam Sea Freight Rates

Looking to ship your parcel from Guam to the Philippines? There are two options available for box sizes at the Guam location- The Jumbo box and the Odd-Sized box. The latter is a situation where you bring your own box and the rates would be charged as per the dimensions of that specific box and its weight. Down below, we have the rates for shipping the Jumbo box from Guam to the Philippines.

Guam 🇬🇺 Metro ManilaNorth LuzonSouth LuzonVisayasMindanao
Jumbo Box
(size: 23″ x 20″ x 23″)
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo rates from Guam to the Philippines

LBC Saipan Sea Freight Rates

For shipping a Box from Saipan to the Philippines, there is only one box size available at the Chalan Laulau Branch. This is the Large Balikbayan Box, which is 24″ x 18″ x 18″ in size.

Saipan 🇲🇵 Metro ManilaNorth LuzonSouth LuzonVisayasMindanao
Large Balikbayan Box
(size: 24″ x 18″ x 18″)
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo rates from Guam to the Philippines

LBC South East Asia Sea Freight Rates

Outside the Philippines, LBC Express offers Sea Cargo services to Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei within South East Asia. The rates shown in the table below indicate a lower rate and a higher rate for each box size. The lower rate is for Metro Manila, and the highest rate is for Visayas/Mindanao. Rates for North Luzon and South Luzon are not indicated but fall under the median of the given range below. The box sizes available are Small, Medium, Large, and Extra large, except for Malaysia, where the Extra Large Box is unavailable. All box sizes are in centimeters, as indicated in the table.

Singapore 🇸🇬 Malaysia 🇲🇾 Brunei 🇧🇳
Small Box
(size: 24 x 14 x 14cm)
SGD 70-105MYR 175-255BND 65-90
Medium Box
(size: 24 x 18 x 20cm)
SGD 85-125MYR 255-335BND 100-130
Large Box
(size: 24 x 24 x 30cm)
SGD 115-155MYR 350-440BND 125-155
Extra Large Box
(size: 24 x 24 x 45cm)
SGD 150-190not availableBND 145-175
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo rates from Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei

LBC Middle East Sea Freight Rates

LBC’s offerings for sea cargo are fairly similar in the Middle East. The box sizes and types available are the same for all Gulf states. These are available in small, medium, junior, large, large plus, and extra large configurations.

However, services for small boxes are only available for Air Cargo. Along with the offerings mentioned below, there are additional offerings that vary by country within the Middle East. For instance, In Saudi Arabia, there is the option to ship your pet from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines. For those interested, the cost for the pet enclosure is SAR 2,300.

Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 UAE 🇦🇪 Kuwait 🇰🇼 Qatar 🇶🇦
LBC Small Box
(size: 48 x 32 x 25cm)
(Air Cargo Only)(Air Cargo Only)(Air Cargo Only)(Air Cargo Only)
LBC Medium Box
(size: 53 x 51 x 51cm)
SAR 139-219AED 135-185KWD 13-19QAR 200-310
LBC Junior Box
(size: 60 x 38 x 45 cm)
SAR 119-149AED 125-139KWD 13-15QAR 185-205
LBC Large Box
(size: 53 x 51 x 76 cm)
SAR 219-339AED 185-249KWD 15-24QAR 285-389
LBC Large Plus Box
(size: 53 x 71 x 83 cm)
SAR 319-439AED 289-299KWD 25-27QAR 390-405
LBC Extra Large Box
(size: 71 x 53 x 91 cm)
SAR 329-459AED 315-399KWD 23-26QAR 419-499
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo rates from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar

United Kingdom Sea Freight Rates

For Sea Cargo services for shipping from the UK to the Philippines, LBC offers shipments through two different box sixes (Medium and Large). Please keep in mind that the dimensions used here for box size are in inches.

United Kingdom 🇬🇧 Metro ManilaNorth LuzonSouth LuzonVisayasMindanao
Medium Box (M)
(size: 20″ x 15″ x 22″)
£ 65£ 70£ 70£ 75£ 80
Large Box (L)
(size: 22″ x 20″ x 30″)
£ 90£ 100£ 100£ 110£ 115
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo Rates from the United Kingdom (UK) to the Philippines

Australia Sea Freight Rates

For services in Australia, LBC offers sea shipping using the large box size only. Other options include shipping televisions of various sizes, but those are not included in the table below. The cost for shipping from Australia to the Philippines is the lowest for Metro Manila and is the most expensive for Mindanao, as represented by the table below:

Australia 🇦🇺 Metro ManilaNorth LuzonSouth LuzonVisayasMindanao
Large Box (L)
(size: 54 x 55 x 64 cm)
AUD$ 95AUD$ 105AUD$ 105AUD$ 125AUD$ 135
LBC Sea Freight Rates from Australia

LBC East Asia Sea Freight Rates

Within East Asia, LBC Express has Sea Freight services from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. Down below, we have the rates listed for a parcel being sent from Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will routinely update this section for the rest of the countries, so please bookmark this page for future reference.

Hong Kong 🇭🇰 Taiwan 🇹🇼
Small Box
(size: 24 x 14 x 14cm)
HKD 410-520TWD 1200-1400
Medium Box
(size: 24 x 18 x 20cm)
HKD 570-690TWD 1900-2000
Large Box
(size: 24 x 24 x 30cm)
HKD 720-860TWD 2300-2500
Extra Large Box
(size: 24 x 24 x 45cm)
HKD 840-990not available
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo rates from Hong Kong, and Taiwan

LBC Italy Sea Freight Rates

LBC’s services through sea operate out of Milan in Italy. The available box sizes are small, medium, large, jumbo, and extra large. The exact dimensions for each are listed in the table below. Prices for shipping through Sea Freight start at € 40 for a small box being shipped from Milan to Metro Manila and go all the way up to € 120 for an extra large box being shipped from Milan to an address in Mindanao. The box sizes indicated below are all in centimeters.

Metro ManilaNorth LuzonSouth LuzonVisayasMindanao
Small Box€ 40€ 40€ 40€ 45€ 45
Medium Box
(size: 51 x 38 x 56 cm)
€ 55€ 65€ 65€ 75€ 75
Large Box
(size: 56 x 51 x 76 cm)
€ 85€ 90€ 90€ 105€ 110
Jumbo Box
(size: 56 x 56 x 80 cm)
€ 90€ 95€ 95€ 110€ 115
Extra Large Box
(size: 71 x 51 x 80 cm)
€ 105€ 110€ 110€ 120€ 120
Table showing LBC Sea Cargo rates from Italy to the Philippines

LBC Sea Cargo Coverage Map

LBC packages can be shipped using the sea route from any of the branches in the countries shown on the map below. However, within each country, not all LBC Branches offer sea freight services. This is especially true for LBC’s agents.

Closing Notes

Please remember that the rates mentioned in the tables on this page may change at any time. Please use the prices mentioned in the tables above as a reference point. Additional expenses might apply- including, but not limited to – surcharges, excess weight charges, box charges, LBC Liability Insurance charges (based on the declared value of the package), etc.

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