The thing with the Philippines it does have some grass route opportunities with things like getting bags made or maybe custom clothing. Small items that you can ship to the West cheaply or should I say you should be able to but can’t. The reason being that Philpost has hiked its prices by as much as 80% which has caused the loss of an already competitive market.
It now costs 1,685 Pesos to send a 1kg parcel to the UK or USA.
The cost to send 1kg from the USA? $13.45 / P618
The cost to send 1kg from the UK? 12.37 GBP / P841
Why the hike? To be honest I am beginning to just accept things as being the way they are as nobody does anything about it and often there are no real reasons. Point being often the cost of sending things will out way the cost of people buying locally unless you have something very unique that they will wait for. But it doesn’t mean give up hope.. depending on what products your selling there are drop ship options out of China as well as shipping via Hong Kong which seems extremely cheap when I order stuff myself for the UK as well as fast.
Seems PhilPost has put a nail in the coffin of small exporters a business that should be encouraged as often these small businesses can take off in a big way offering jobs to others.There is a small facebook group challenging it but not sure how and no doubt to little success but here is the link if you want to contribute.