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Okay here is the question of the day.  I have been directed by the higher authority to take some "American" cigarettes to Leyte with me for our Christmas trip to her home village.  Everyone there is a smoker and last time I promised to bring some real American smokes with me.  The advice has been that it should be something that they don't see there every day, so I guess really big global brands are out.  I have never been a smoker so I'm clueless.  Any advice about a good brand to fill these requirements would help.  And since the import limit in Philippines is probably the typical one carton, so price really does not matter too much.  Appreciate good suggestions.

 

Pete

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Smoking destroys health and kills. You don't smoke so you know better. Don't encourage it. Give them something else as a gift, anything.

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 I have been directed by the higher authority to take some "American" cigarettes to Leyte with me for our Christmas trip to her home village.

 

I suspect that your 'higher authority' outranks our admin's (MikeB) excellent advice so I shall throw in my 2 cents.

 

Cigarettes are dirt cheap here and locals will not respect the price you pay.  You may think you are getting a good deal but when Marlboroughs here cost US $1 a pack I can see no sense to bringing them with you.  If you MUST bring them then I suggest a carton of Camels or, better yet, 8 different packs and spread them around for the novelty value.

 

Chocolate is a much more universal gift.  Boxes of chocolates are almost unheard of here so you will impress lots of ates with them.

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Nice chocolates in extravagant packaging are always a welcome gift in Philippines.

Like you I don't know anything about cigarettes other than you can bring two cartons into Philippines. Duty free shops would have a good selection reasonably priced. Perhaps "The One Who Must Be Obeyed" could suggest a particular brand because I sure don't know of any American cigarette brand considered uncommon.   

 

LOL.... Dave posted basically the same a few seconds before I did.

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If you promised, deliver. anything that doesn't go worldwide, the cheaper the better. Try to find something really awful so they don't ask again. :)

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I have been directed by the higher authority to take some "American" cigarettes to Leyte with me for our Christmas trip to her home village.

 

 

 You are Quite right on the Import 1 carton (2000.

In fact not many of us I would Hazard a guess, realize to any great degree what we can and can't bring in so I dug out this article for anyone Interested. Most I know just pack things Willy Nilly not thinking  :sign0095:  :t07051:  but seems there Are rules.  :unsure:  anyway just a heads up at this Upcoming xmas   ex-pat invasion. have a good Holiday All.  :santa dance:  I know it's still early but How Time flies.

 

 

 

 

http://www.philippineconsulate.com.au/bringing-of-personal-effects-into-the-philippines.html  this was primarily with Regards to Aus but of course, the Import will be the same for most if not all countries.

 

 

JP :tiphat:

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More Fun! More confusion. 

 

From the Filipino Counsel Jack posted;

Other duty-free items are wine and spirits not exceeding two bottles, tobacco and cigarettes not exceeding 200 sticks,

 

 

From Bureau of Customs Philippines;

http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/the-philippines-2/visit-the-philippines/customs-passenger-guidelines/

 

Exemptions / Duty-Free Concessions

Adult Passengers:

  • Two (2) reams of cigarette or two (2) tins of tobacco
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K smokes Marlboro and I always bring her two cartons of Marlboro. There isn't the same fascination with really expensive cigarettes that you find in China, where a pack of the brand that Mao smoked c an set you back US 20 - that is per pack, not per carton - and it is really appreciated - like a bottle of Scotch in Norway!

I just take K two cartons of Marlboro.

 

But for a present, I would suggest Camel or 555s.

 

555s come in a nice rigid box that looks more expensive than the soft packing of Marlboro or Camel.

 

I write as an ex smoker - stopped 15 years ago.

 

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I'm not a smoker and I don't know about the costs, but what about taking some e-cigarettes along with the refills that are all the hype nowadays?  

 

 

Seems logical but and there is always a but, I wouldn't mind betting, they are on the ban list, :no:  If not I can almost guarantee a Surcharge at customs. :rolleyes:

 

 

JP :tiphat:

 

Goodnight All. :morning1:

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