Pay with ease your LBC Express cargo through FGB card.

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The LBC Express Inc.’s instalment payment scheme with First Gulf Bank is available for sea cargo, air cargo, Express Air and rest of the world services.

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(Overseas Filipino , Allan Sarmiento  makes sure that his box is properly sealed. He is sending the box  one month ahead of his annual vacation schedule. Photo by Lapis Mia)

(May 26, 2016) DUBAI -How often do you send cargo to you loved ones?  We, Filipinos consider “balikbayan boxes” an expression of our love and care for our families. Everything in it is sealed with affection.

LBC Express Inc., the Philippines’ leading courier and cargo solutions provider came up with an instalment payment scheme at zero percent interest for its services through its partnership with First Gulf Bank (FGB),  one of the leading financial institutions in the United Arab Emirates.This time, no need to worry about sending packages abroad.

LBC’s vice-president for the Middle East, Mark Agalo-os, said: “We are proud to announce our tie-up with FGB, allowing customers to settle cargo services in easy instalment payments using their FGB credit cards.”

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( An LBC  box is filled up with all sorts of gift items and necessities for the family. Photo by Lapis Mia)

The instalment payment scheme is available for sea cargo, air cargo, Express Air and rest of the world services. UAE residents can take advantage of this service to send packages to 236 destinations across the globe.Customers can choose to pay within three, six, nine or 12 months.

Girish Advani, head of Personal Banking, FGB, said: “As part of FGB’s commitment to providing the best innovative products and services to our customers, it is a privilege to collaborate with LBC Express to offer an accessible payment scheme for cargo services for all UAE residents. This innovative product, which is the first of its kind in the UAE, provides customers with convenient payment terms for courier services based on their preferred instalment plan.” 

“Our valued clients can send as many packages and parcels, as well as choose from any of the monthly payment options for a minimum requirement of AED 150. It is like easily sending cargo for less than Dh15 per month up to 12-month instalment,” Agalo-os said.

FGB credit card customers can also redeem their earned reward points with LBC discount vouchers as part of the FGB Rewards programme.

“LBC Express has always been a customer-centric organisation and working to offer UAE residents world-class services along with best industry rates. Our new scheme makes our proposition far more exciting,” Agalo-os added. 

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(The author’s balikbayan box arrived safely in Manila and received by her daughter. Photo by Maya Lapis Nebre)

Last month, LBC Express Inc., has opened a new warehouse that will also serve as its regional office for the Middle East. The 11,700 square feet warehouse in Al Qouz, Dubai was set-up to serve one of the biggest expatriate communities in the region, the Filipinos, as well as other residents.

It expanded its capabilities by partnering with over 500 agents located nationwide.LBC, and is now servicing 500 to 600 customers every day.

The company started in 2008, with two trucks and one branch in Karama, Dubai. and loading a 20- feet container on a weekly basis. Presently, it operates three branches in the UAE with a fleet of 30 vehicles. It loads two to three 40-feet containers on a daily basis according to Agalo-os.

During the first quarter of 2016, LBC showed a strong growth driven by its focus on strategic areas such as Deira, Satwa, Karama in Dubai; Sharjah; Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.

.“The warehouse represents the renewed commitment of LBC as it is three times bigger than our previous one and centralises our operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The renewed vision also embraces the idea of offering an entirely new set of products and services designed to enhance customer service,”  added

The company covers five countries and operates nine branches in the region, including three in the UAE, three in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one in Kuwait, one in Qatar and one in Bahrain, in addition to an agent network base in 1,000 locations throughout GCC countries.

With the expansion planned across the region, LBC is planning to increase its manpower.“We will be aggressively hiring for our dynamic sales and customer care teams as we relocate our call center from Manila to UAE. These teams will be instrumental in establishing more strategic partnerships that will help us provide better customer service,” the vice-president said. #####