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Do you have any recommendations as far as reliable shipping company to ship a container to Cebu, Philippines from Missoula, MT.  We are planning to ship 2 40 footer.  First one will have a car inside (already have the authority to import) and some household stuff to fill the 40 footer and the 2nd one will be household effects/furnitures etc. Can I send them on a separate date or do I have to send them all at once to get a duty free taxes for my household effects?

last time we shipped was a long time ago 1999 and 2004 from SFO and Fairfield, CT /NY so being in such a remote area you need to locate the nearest transportation hub, where? Minneapolis?? Denver? because that is where all the transport companies are located which deliver containers to Port of Los Angeles or Oakland / San Francisco then to Manila We paid NON-Insured PERSONAL EFFECTS U$2270 from East coast USA. so I'd guess you may need to pay over U$3000+ to get it to the west coast. Sending a 40 Ft container from Port of New York/New Jersey is much cheaper than when we sent a 20 Fter from Oakland to Manila cost U$1700 for half the space and half the distance. You might also try Chicago as a shipping hub. Good Luck using google, yahoo and using yahoogroups with 1000s of members who might have more recent experiences to help you. feel free to join and ask questions at:


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Bill and Lorna Collings


Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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