Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, has launched the Etihad Kabayan Box – a dedicated personal freight service for the 500,000-strong Filipino expatriate community living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Available from today, the new service will allow Filipinos to send up to 20 kilos for 150 AED* and up to 50 kilos for 350 AED* by air to the capital of the Philippines, Manila. While the service is for personal belongings only, there is no restriction on the number of Etihad Kabayan Boxes that may be booked.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Etihad Airways flies twice daily from Abu Dhabi to Manila and the new service is ideally suited to the Filipino expatriate community based in the UAE who want to take more luggage with them to their home country, or send gifts to family and friends in the Philippines.
“In that regard, it’s time to say good-bye to sending boxes home by sea several months in advance. Our new Etihad Kabayan Box is fast, reliable and offers great value!
“The new service is also extremely flexible, meaning Filipinos can accompany their own Etihad Kabayan Boxes if they are already booked on a scheduled Etihad Airways flight to Manila or they can opt to send the boxes unaccompanied.”
Her Excellency, Grace Relucio Princesa, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE said: “We welcome Etihad Airways' entry into the balikbayan box market. More players means more options. The balikbayan box is one way of keeping families close and I am sure Etihad Airways will be able to provide this service at a very competitive rate.”
Customers wishing to use the new service can bring the contents they wish to send by Etihad Kabayan Box to four agency partners across the UAE. The Abu Dhabi-based agency partners are the Omeir Travel Agency (tel: +971 2 639 7231) and the Abu Dhabi Cargo Company (tel: +971 2 505 4517/4586).
In Dubai, the service will be handled by the Asia Express Shipping Agency (tel: +971 4 336 9666) and Cargo Partners (tel: +971 4 606 44 35).
Agency partners will provide customers with Etihad Kabayan Boxes, the boxes and their contents will be weighed on-site, sealed, and the appropriate fees can be paid directly.
For customers wishing to take their Etihad Kabayan Box on their scheduled flight to Manila, Etihad Cargo recommends delivery of the box to the agency partner or to Export Counter at the Abu Dhabi Cargo Terminal, close to Abu Dhabi International Airport at least one day in advance.
Kabayan Box Collection Location in Manila:
Document Handling Unit (DHU)
People’s Air Cargo Warehousing Co. Inc., 2nd Floor,
Pair-Pags Center, Ninoy Aquino International Airport,
NAIA Avenue, Pasay City, Philippines
Contact no. : + 632 854 6763 or 854 5858
For more information, contact any of the four Etihad Kabayan Box partner agencies or visit www.etihadairways.com
* Terms & Conditions:
Etihad Airways & Etihad Cargo cannot be held liable for any third-party taxes or fees levied by the local authorities at any side, such as (but not limited to) customs fees, additional handling, storage, import tax, etc.
Since customs in Manila is closed on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), all boxes sent on Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be ready for delivery on Monday.
Items may be subject to import tax or customs duty in the Philippines: those charges will be billed separately by local authorities, if applicable.
Etihad Kabayan Box shipments are subject to standard Terms and Conditions of Etihad Airways & Etihad Cargo.