If you’ve got loved ones in the Philippines or want to take advantage of the growing ecommerce market there, then you’ve probably got some questions about how shipping to the Philippines works.
Luckily, we’ve got answers to all of your questions. Read on to find out about delivery times, as well as how much you can expect to pay when shipping to the Philippines.
Does USPS Ship To The Philippines In 2023?
USPS does ship to the Philippines as of 2023. Global Express Guaranteed and Priority Mail Express International are the fastest (and most expensive) options. Delivery takes 1-5 business days with these services. Pricing starts at $68.90 for Priority Mail Express International and $101.00 for Global Express Guaranteed. Priority Mail International and First-Class International Package Service are more economical options.
Check out the rest of our article to learn more about shipping times and costs to the Philippines!
Which Shipping Options Does USPS Offer For The Philippines?
USPS offers four options for shipping packages to the Philippines: Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International and First-Class Package International Service.
Let’s check out the features of each service.
Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)
Global Express Guaranteed is the fastest international shipping service offered by USPS and is best if you’ve got something urgent to ship. USPS offers date-certain delivery and a money-back guarantee if your package takes more than 3 days to arrive.
Global Express packages come with tracking and up to $100 of insurance. In addition, you’ll receive a free GXG shipping kit complete with envelopes, labels and stickers.
Priority Mail Express International
Priority Mail Express International is another option if you need quick shipping. This service promises delivery in 3-5 business days.
USPS offers a money-back delivery guarantee to some international countries, but the Philippines isn’t one of them. That means you won’t get a refund from USPS if your package takes longer than 5 days to arrive.
While there’s no money-back guarantee available, USPS does offer tracking. This allows you to monitor your package and notify the recipient of any delays.
Packages headed to the Philippines also benefit from USPS insurance coverage. This insurance includes up to $100 for non-negotiable document reconstruction and up to $200 for merchandise loss, damage, or missing contents.
Priority Mail International
Priority Mail International is an economical and reliable way to ship packages to the Philippines.
Delivery takes 6-10 business days and comes with both tracking and insurance (up to $100 for non-negotiable document reconstruction and up to $200 for merchandise loss, damage, or missing contents).
First-Class Package International Service
USPS’ most economical international shipping option is the First-Class Package International Service.
While inexpensive, there are some downsides. For one, packages sent through this service have a maximum weight of 4 pounds. What’s more, delivery is slow, sometimes taking up to one month.
Finally, First-Class packages don’t come with insurance, however, you can purchase it as an add-on service. Note that tracking is not included and cannot be purchased as an extra service for packages going to the Philippines.
How Long Does USPS Shipping To The Philippines Take?
Shipping time depends on the service you choose. Check out the table below for estimated shipping times for various USPS services.
|Service Name||Delivery Time|
|Global Express Guaranteed||1-3 business days|
|Priority Mail Express International||3-5 business days|
|Priority Mail International||6-10 business days|
|First-Class Package International||1-4 weeks|
How Much Does It Cost To Ship To The Philippines With USPS?
Shipping costs vary based on the service you select and the weight of your package. This table shows the starting costs for each of USPS’ international shipping options.
|Service Name||Starting Price|
|Global Express Guaranteed||$101.00|
|Priority Mail Express International||$68.90†|
|Priority Mail International||$55.05†|
|First-Class Package International||$15.25|
If you know the weight and dimensions of your package, you can use USPS’ Price Calculator tool to estimate your shipping costs ahead of time.
† Flat-rate pricing available on select boxes/envelopes
Can I Track My USPS Package To The Philippines?
USPS offers tracking for packages going to the Philippines. With Global Express Guaranteed and Priority Mail Express International, you can receive delivery status information using the Track & Confirm tool on the USPS website.
Tracking is also available on Priority Mail International packages going to the Philippines, but you won’t be able to track Flat Rate Envelopes or Flat Rate Small Boxes.
First-Class Package International tracking is not available when shipping to the Philippines.
Who Delivers USPS Packages In The Philippines?
USPS delivers mail and packages to the Philippines, but the Philippine Postal Service physically delivers mail and packages once they arrive in the country. Be aware that this handoff may add days or weeks to your delivery time.
What Items Can’t I Ship To The Philippines With USPS?
There are a number of items that can’t be shipped to the Philippines. Below we provide a list of some prohibited items.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. It’s best to check with USPS or the Philippine Postal Service if you have any doubts.
You may not ship the following items to the Philippines:
- Coffee in any form
- Firearms and weapons and parts thereof including replicas of weapons, ammunition
- Gambling devices
- Lottery tickets, circulars, or advertisements relating to lotteries
- Perishable infectious biological substances
- Perishable noninfectious biological substances
- Radioactive materials
It’s also worth noting that coins, banknotes, currency notes, traveler’s checks, and securities can’t be sent in ordinary mail. However, they are allowed in registered mail.
If you want to learn more, you can also see our related posts on whether or not USPS ships to Canada, if USPS ships to Hong Kong, and if USPS ships to Australia.
USPS offers a variety of shipping services for packages going to the Philippines. If money is no object and your package needs to arrive ASAP, opt for Global Express Guaranteed or Priority Mail Express International.
If you’re looking for something more affordable and are comfortable waiting for your package to arrive, then Priority Mail International or First-Class Package International are your best options.