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What You Need To Know About Container Delays This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and unfortunately, shipping delays. If you’re one of the millions of people who will be shipping gifts this holiday season, chances are, you’ve probably already started to experience container delays.


For the sake of transparency and open communication, we would like to set your expectations and notify all our customers that there may be delays in the shipment of containers this holiday season.


The cause of these possible delays is China's operations in the U.S. are currently placed on Covid Lockdown by the U.S. government, which has caused a backlog at the delivery hubs. In addition, the Philippine ports can only handle and accommodate a limited number of containers due to a lack of space and manpower.


So if you have any packages or goods scheduled for shipment in December, please be aware of container delays and we would like to ask for your patience and understanding.


In this blog post, we will discuss what causes container delays and what you can do to minimize the impact on your shipment.



News about delays in shipping and delivery during the holiday season

The holiday season is a time for celebrations. For many people living overseas, it's also a time to receive balikbayan boxes filled with goodies from loved ones back home.


Unfortunately, this year there have been container delays in shipping and delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that packages sent from the United States to the Philippines may experience delays of up to two months.


However, there are still options for people who want to send balikbayan boxes in time for the holiday season. Several private shipping companies are still operating, and some airlines are offering cargo services for balikbayan boxes. With a little planning and research, it's still possible to send holiday cheer to loved ones overseas.



How to avoid container delays in delivery and shipping from the U.S. to the Philippines


When you are sending a package from the United States to the Philippines, there are a few things you can do to avoid delays in delivery. First, be sure to check the shipping timeframes for your chosen carrier.


While most carriers offer reliable service, there may be occasional container delays due to weather or other factors. Secondly, be sure to pack your items securely and include all required documentation. This will help to ensure that your package arrives safely and on time.


Lastly, if you are sending a large or valuable package, consider using a shipping service that offers tracking and insurance. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your package is being handled with care and that you will be compensated if anything goes wrong.


By following these simple tips, you can avoid delays in shipping and ensure that your package arrives safely and on time.



What to do when experiencing container delays


It can be frustrating to experience container delays in delivery and shipment, especially when you're excited to receive your package. However, there are a few things you can do to ease the wait.


First, check the shipping information to make sure that your package is actually being sent from the U.S. to the Philippines. If it is, then it's likely that the container delay is due to inclement weather or other transit issues beyond your control.


In this case, the best thing to do is to be patient and wait for your package to arrive. You can also contact the shipping company to inquire about the status of your package and ask if there is any estimated delivery date.


Finally, if you're still experiencing delays after taking these steps, you can reach out to customer service for assistance. By following these tips, you can hopefully minimize any frustration and annoyance associated with delayed deliveries.



Ways to celebrate the holidays away from your loved ones in the Philippines


The holiday season is upon us and for many of us, that means spending time with loved ones. But what if you can't be with your family this year? Whether you're in the U.S. or elsewhere outside of the Philippines, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas this holiday season.


One option is to reach out to friends and other loved ones via Skype or Facetime. You can also join a holiday celebration at a local church or community center. Or, if you're feeling really festive, you can throw your own party!


There are lots of great recipes online for Christmas cookies, cakes, and other treats. And don't forget about giving back—this is a great time of year to volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate to a toy drive. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself and remember that your loved ones are never far from your thoughts.



The Metro Box Cargo Promise


If you’re sending holiday gifts to the Philippines this year, follow these shipping tips to avoid delays in delivery. Work with a reliable shipping provider like Metrobox Cargo and send your boxes early to ensure they arrive on time. With a little planning and forethought, you can rest assured that your loved ones will receive their Christmas presents on time for the holiday season – even if you can’t be there with them in person. Merry Christmas!

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