Does Amazon Ship To Australia?
You are here because you are probably searching for “Amazon Australia” or an amazon.com store in Australia. You are an Australian, right? And you may be looking for it because you want to shop from said website. I will be straightforward to you.There’s no amazon.com.au or an amazon.com store for Australians yet although some news indicate that Amazon might be investing in Australia very soon (see related article here). Don’t be sad though ‘coz you can still shop from Amazon even if you are in Australia.
Amazon.com is also for Australians. You can purchase select items from Amazon USA even if you are in Australia.
Yes, Amazon USA also serves international online shoppers like Australians. It processes orders from and delivers select items to, Australia. Amazon takes care of everything from ordering until the next-to-your-doorstep delivery. This service is called the Amazon Global. Amazon Global sorts out all products that are available for international delivery.
Some products are:
- Kindle Touch
- Some models of DSLR Cameras
- Some electronics such as mobile phones, SD cards and portable hard disks
- Apparel (clothes, shoes and accessories)
- Books (almost all books are available for international delivery)
- Kindle ebooks and other digital products
- Movie and TV series DVDs, and many more.
For a complete list of products available for delivery in Australia, click here.
How much does delivery cost?
Amazon does overseas delivery at a very affordable cost. Of course, the delivery fee depends upon the products itself, its weight, its price and other factors. For example, a Kindle Keyboard which is sold at $189.00 can be purchased from Amazon.com and you have two delivery options:
A. Expedited International Shipping – $11.98
B. Amazon Global Priority Shipping – $20.98
Expedited International Shipping would take 8-16 business days while AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping averages from 2-5 business days. In my personal experience, Amazon partners with DHL which handles the product’s clearance in customs office and local delivery.
Here is the complete schedule of shipping rates to Australia :
Standard Shipping Rates (18-32 business days)
Following the above rates, if you ordered 4 books at Amazon, you’ll pay $24.95 for the shipping fee. That’s $4.99 (per shipment rate) and $4.99 multiplied by 4 books.
Expedited Shipping Rates (5 to 12 business days)
So if you want to buy 2 Kindle Hardware, say, a Kindle Keyboard and a the basic Kindle, you’ll pay $14.97 for the shipping fee. That’s $8.99 (per shipment fee) and $2.99 for each Kindle. And expect them to be delivered after 5 to 12 days.
Priority Courier Shipping Rates to Australia (3 to 5 business days)
If you prefer priority shipping, you will pay $53.95 for shipping 4 books or $26.97 for shipping 2 Kindle Hardware to Australia.
In certain cases, Amazon combines items from multiple orders into a single package. Additional shipping and handling charges also apply to books, CDs, DVDs, VHS videotapes, music cassettes and vinyl of unusual size or weight. So, if the item is to bulky the following surcharge may be applied when you finalize your order with Amazon:
What about customs fee? Does Amazon clear the items from customs?
Yes. Amazon, through its agents, provides no hassle shopping by taking care of everything including customs duties. When you check out an item from Amazon store, Amazon give you an estimate for customs duties and handling fee. The courier clears the items from customs upon entry in Australia and thereafter, delivers them to purchasers. Luckily for Australians, you don’t need to pay customs duties for items below AUD1,000. (See article on Australia customs for online shoppers)
Why is it better to shop at amazon.com than some local stores in Australia?
One of the advantages of amazon.com shopping is that you take advantage of the strong Australian Dollar as compared to US Dollar. With that, you can actually purchase items at a lower price than those offered by local retailers. Here is an illustration.
Importing items from USA to Australia
What if Amazon does not ship the item I want internationally? Do I have any other option? Of course, there is. In that case you need the services of Freight Forwarders like Shipito.com. This freight forwarders serve as intermediaries. They will provide you with a USA street address where you orders will be shipped. Then, they will forward your order to your address in Australia. This is how it works:
- Sign up with a virtual USA street address provider. They are also known as freight forwarders. One of the best in this industry is Shipito.com. In case of Shipito, they will provide you with a virtual address in California. It will look like this:
Your name (address will be specified during registration) Suite # (box number)
Torrance, CA 90503
Shipito will provide you with the address after your application has been processed. You’ll be notified through email
- Shop in any USA online store. You can now place orders on any USA online store, including Amazon.com if the item you want is not available for international shipping. When ordering, use the USA address as your “Shipping Address”.
- The provider will then receive the package and you’ll be notified through email.
- The postage (the cost for shipping your order from the USA address to Australia) will be calculated and you will also be asked to accomplish a form for purposes of Customs Clearance and Declaration.
- Then, you select the shipping option you want and the courier you prefer.
- You’ll be asked to pay the fees and finally, you have to mail out the package. At Shipito, they charge $8.50 for each mail out. You will not be required to pay any monthly fee for their basic membership fee.
- Just wait for your product to arrive. You may also track you package with the tracking number that will be provided to you.
There you have it. While at the present, there isn’t an Amazon Australia, you nevertheless have several options on how to do shopping at Amazon.com even if you are in Australia. Share your own Amazon to Australia shopping experience by hitting the comment box.