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:

Amazon Australia

  1. Kindle Touch
  2. Some models of DSLR Cameras
  3. Some electronics such as mobile phones, SD cards and portable hard disks
  4. Apparel (clothes, shoes and accessories)
  5. Books (almost all books are available for international delivery)
  6. Kindle ebooks and other digital products
  7. Movie and TV series DVDs, and many more.

For a complete list of products available for delivery in Australia, click here.

 

Amazon Delivery to Australia

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

Amazon Expedited Shipping

B. Amazon Global Priority Shipping – $20.98

Amazon Global Priority Shipping

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)

Amazon Shipping to Australia

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)

Amazon Expedited Shipping Rates to Australia

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)

Priority Courier Shipping Rates to Australia

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:

Shipping Surcharge

 

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.

Amazon Australia Savings

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:

    1. 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

    2. 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”.
    3. The provider will then receive the package and you’ll be notified through email.
    4. 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.
    5. Then, you select the shipping option you want and the courier you prefer.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.

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106 Responses to Does Amazon Ship To Australia?

  1. Susan Armstrong says:

    I went on to the Kindle web-site to order the 8.9 Fire and it would not recognise my existing Austalian shipping address. Are the Fires available for purchase in Australia?

    Thanks and regards SusanA

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately, the entire Kindle Fire family is not available for international delivery. In order to buy one, you have to use a freight forwarder. The last part of the article above explains the process of importing using a forwarder.

  2. Di Rong Alex Tan says:

    Am I able to buy an iMac or any other apple products in Amazon.com and get it shipped to Australia?

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      I don’t think buying a Mac at Amazon.com is a good idea. They cost more than $1000. Therefore, they will be subject to GST. Not to mention that Amazon does not ship them directly to Australia. You will have to use freight forwarders. I think buying them from the Official Apple Store in Australia is the best option. Just go to apple.com/au. The difference between US price and AU price is not that much. Hope that helps

  3. Julie says:

    I was after a Figit and wondering how much for delivery to perth Western Australia. Also would it be compatible to work over here?

    • admin says:

      Hello Julie,

      Did you mean Fijit, the interactive toy. I really don’t have any idea about the product but its avaliable at Amazon and ships internationally. Here’s the link. About the delivery, you will be given the delivery charge durin check out. If you find the fee too expensive, just don’t finish the check out process. Hope that helps.

  4. Zoho says:

    This site definitely has all the information I needed about
    this international online shopping in US to AU and didn’t know who to ask. Thanks.

  5. emily says:

    i wanted to buy a portable hair dryer on amazon but when i went to pay it said the item cant be shipped to my address. is there any other type of alternative for getting this product or can i not get it at all now? like what i mean is there an alternative like sending it to another address or something and then getting it sent from there to my address?

  6. Diane Broad says:

    How much do the Freight Forwarders charge for shipping the Kindle Paperwhite (not 3G) from Amazon to Sydney? Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Diane,

      I read from this thread at whirlpool that it will cost you about $20 if you will use Shipito.

      So the final cost might be:
      $119 (kindle paperwhite wifi) +
      $20 (shipping fee from US to AU) +
      $8.50 (Shipito fee).

      We do not guarantee the accuracy of the fees listed above. You might as well try checking with Shipito the final delivery fee they offer. Thanks.

  7. Bob says:

    I just attempted to purchase a kindle book for download and I get the message. “This book is not available in your country -Australia”. Why not? Why is Australia considered unworthy? It’s only Sci-fi novel. Available on Amazon UK and US, but not here! Useless.

    • admin says:

      Downloading ebooks at Amazon is country-locked. You can only purchase those available in the country. The reason is that, to quote Amazon:

      Because publishers give us eBook rights on a country by country basis, available titles for your country will vary from our current U.S selection. We are actively working with publishers to get the rights to all titles for every country and adding this selection every day.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Hi I am trying to purchase a Red Razor Mod Electric Vespa for my son for xmas. They dont sell them in Australia so I wanted to know if Amazon would ship it to Australia for me and how much..

    Cheers Vanessa

    • admin says:

      Hello Vanessa. Amazon doesn’t ship it to Australia. It’s only available for US delivery. The item is too heavy and bulky to be shipped internationally.

  9. Matt says:

    If I was to purchase a T.V and ship to Australia, what the go about the power plug and electrical component to suit our standards?

  10. hi there.im looking to buy a book called NSCA Essentials of personal training 2003 edition, hard back copy.I was wondering could you tell me the cost of the book plus shipping please. i live in sydney, Australia.

    thanks

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