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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113 Responses to Does Amazon Ship To Australia?

  1. Max Anderson says:

    How can I list my published book for sale on Amazon.

  2. Cheryl gemmell says:

    Hi would like to know if I order Son of Anarchy season 4 & 5 from you will it play on my DVD player here in Australia? I would also likeVampire Dairys season 4.

  3. Mum of obsessed fan says:

    My daughter is a huge fan of singer Taylor Swift. There is a lot of merchandise available overseas especially in relation to her new album “Red”(including TS’s own website) that has not been released in Asutralia as yet. But when I try and connect onto the US based official merchandise store it rediverts me to her Australian store, and places like Walgreen’s which have the products don’t ship direct to Australia.

    Can you suggest any websites etc where I could purchase Taylor Swift merchandise (or even One Direction stuff as well) where I can get it out to Australia in time for this Christmas? Any advice greatly appreciated.

  4. Michelle says:

    I would like to purchase a mini micro scooter and a discovery spaceship and rocket toy by habe.. Trouble is they don’t send to Australia.. How much would postage be if I ordered thru this site ?

    • admin says:

      We do not offer such a service. You may import one yourself by following the information in the article above.

  5. bobby says:

    i have purchased kindle fire here in uk as a present to go to australia will it work there

  6. David says:

    Hi ,

    Im looking to purchase a Nikon DSLR. Its under the $1000 /- limit for imports. Can I get it from Amazon via a freight forwarder?

    David
    Sydney

  7. Josef says:

    I’d like to buy a number of Amazon gift cards as Christmas presents. The ones that come in the little gift boxes. There are no laws that prevent Amazon from selling those here in Australia yet they will not sell these. At the same time they sell the emailed version of the gift card. Which is kind of lame to try and stick under a Christmas tree.

    Why wont Amazon sell the proper gift cards to Australian.

    • admin says:

      I understand your sentiments. However, I think you can print out these gift cards yourself. If you print them on a presentable paper or card, then I guess they will be as nice as the physical gift cards sold by Amazon. This could be a better option than waiting for the gift cards to ship to Australia and pay additional shipping fees.

  8. Jake says:

    Im trying to buy bulk on sunflower seeds wondering if you could calculate the shipping price if i send you the link? http://www.amazon.com/BIGS-Bacon-Sizzlin-Sunflower-5-35-Ounce/dp/B0026LJRW8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354340212&sr=8-3&keywords=bigs+sunflower+seeds

    • admin says:

      Amazon does not ship the product directly to Australia; so you have to use a freight forwarder like Shipito. Please read the article above to know how the process works. Anyway, according to Shipito’s shipping calculator, considering the item’s price and weight, you might have to spend a minimum of US$40 for shipping it from their warehouse in US to Australia.

  9. Beraud-Sudreau Marie Hélène says:

    I wish to send from FRANCE TO AUSTRALIA french wine or liquor.
    Can you do it ? Thanks, regards m-h B-S

    • admin says:

      Sorry, we can’t. We are not a service provider. It’s better if you’ll check on your local couriers about their international services.

  10. len Downie says:

    I need to speak to someone in billing and the phone numbers given me don’t work. Can some one give me the number to ring knowing I am ringing from Australia. I can’t even get the area code dor Amazon in America from anyone. I am getting desperate.

    • admin says:

      THIS GOES FOR ALL OUR READERS:

      We are not directly connected with Amazon. So, if you need any assistance regarding a purchase or any transacted with Amazon.com, please contact Amazon so that you will be properly assisted. Amazon has its own contact and assistance page in its website. Please utilise that page for your queries. Thank you.

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