Shop on Amazon UK and ship to Australia
Starting out as a humble online marketplace for books, Amazon is now a multinational technology company and one of the largest online marketplaces in the world. Branching out from being one of the best sellers of books, electronics and gifts, they are also pioneers in online streaming and voice search services. With its worldwide reach, it’s unfortunate that the eCommerce giant no longer delivers to Australia from outside of the amazon.com.au site.
Don’t worry though, we have a simple and easy way to help you get around the ban on Amazon delivering to Australia. Read on to find out more!
Why Amazon UK no longer deliver to Australia
Since opening their first Australian warehouse in 2017, Amazon has been redirecting users from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk to amazon.com.au at check out to encourage sales through the new warehouse.
From a business perspective, this makes sense to drive traffic to the new site and increase the visibility of the online marketplace in that region. However, for customers, this has significant downsides as Amazon’s Australian warehouse has a much smaller stock inventory when compared to the USA and UK. This means leaving some loyal Australian Amazon customers out in the dark when looking to purchase specific books, electronics and gifts.
How to get around the ban on Amazon UK delivering to Australia
Have no fear, there is still a simple way to continue shopping on Amazon UK in Australia and still get your items delivered to Australia. By signing up with forward2me, we will provide you with a free UK shipping address to use when placing your order. Amazon will then deliver your order to our UK shipping address before it is then forwarded on to Australia via one of our trusted courier services.
How to order from Amazon UK and ship to Australia with forward2me
Follow our simple 5 step process to get access to a forward2me forwarding address that will allow you to continue to purchase products from Amazon UK and have them delivered to you in Australia.
Step one: Sign up for your UK address
To ship Amazon UK products to Australia you’ll need to have a UK shipping address. This is easier than you think. All you have to do is sign up for your free UK shipping address with forward2me to get the process started.
Step two: Head to Amazon UK
Next head to Amazon UK, and to ensure that it does not redirect you back to Amazon Australia, create a new account with the UK shipping address we have provided for you.
When you sign up, ensure the billing address is the same as the address in Australia registered to your card to ensure your purchases from Amazon and other UK sites are accepted.
Once set up, browse Amazon UK at your heart’s content and place orders like you normally would!
Step three: We Receive Your Amazon UK Parcel
Your Amazon UK parcel will arrive with us at our UK warehouse. At this point, we’ll make checks to ensure that the items can legally and safely be shipped to you and then send you a notification to say we’ve received them. We can either send them on straight away or collate a number of orders together. We will hold your packages for up to 30 days free of charge to do this. Collating an order can save you money on shipping costs.
Step four: We ship your Amazon UK parcel
Once the shipment is ready to go, you’ll get a notification. At this stage, you’ll need to sign in to your forward2me account to select and pay for the courier options and any other outstanding fees, like GST if your items are under $1,000. You can do this via credit card, PayPal or direct bank transfer. If you make your payment before 11.00 am we’ll get it shipped that same day too.
Step five: Your parcel arrives at home
Now you just have to sit back and wait for your parcel to arrive. Depending on the courier you choose, and the customs regulations in your country, your package could be with you in as little as 4 days. Check our pricing page for a rough estimate. Just make sure you’re home to sign for it, or that someone can do that for you!
Shipping rates and options to Australia
How much does Amazon shipping to Australia cost?
If you're wondering how much is Amazon delivery to Australia, you have come to the right place. With forward2me, shipping costs to Australia start from around AUD $41.53 (£21.85). A number of factors will alter the overall shipping cost including:
- The package size (smaller items will cost less to ship)
- The package weight (heavy or bulky items will cost a lot more for transportation)
- The courier you choose (We have a range of trusted courier services who will deliver your packages anywhere in the world)
For example, if you purchase a smartphone that weighs 0.5kg from the UK to be delivered to Australia, you will pay between £30-£40 depending on the courier from our warehouse that you choose. Alternatively, if you purchase a larger and heavier item like a laptop, the average courier cost is between £50-£60.
Find a quick estimate on our pricing page of the full cost of ordering your parcel from Amazon UK to our UK warehouses then onto your home address in Australia.
Another great thing about ordering items from Amazon UK and having the delivered with forward2me is if you're buying multiple items from Amazon UK, we have other ways in which you can save further on international shipping rates.
- We can hold onto your items for up to 30 days
- Combine your items and re-pack into one parcel
- Or consolidate your parcels into one shipping airway bill
For more information see our consolidation & re-pack services page.
Ship to Australia from Amazon with our dedicated international shipping couriers
Forward2me works with international shipping carriers such as DHL, UPS, and P2P, from our UK warehouse, and exclusively with DHL from our UK tax-free warehouse in Guernsey. All of which come with parcel tracking as standard, so you can track where your parcel is throughout the journey. If you’re worried about your packages getting damaged during transit you can also add additional insurance to all of our courier options to give you the piece of mind that your packages will turn up safely.
Amazon UK to Australia FAQs
Still have questions about how our parcel forwarding service works for sending parcels from Amazon UK to Australia? Check out our FAQs below or get in touch with one of our friendly team members who will be happy to help answer your questions.
Does Amazon Ship to Australia?
If you’re purchasing from Amazon Australia, you will be able to get your items delivered through the Amazon Australia warehouse, however, if you are purchasing products from outside of Amazon Australia, you will need to sign up to a package forwarding service to deliver your parcels for you.
Why does Amazon not deliver to Australia?
Amazon doesn’t ship to Australia due to the introduction of the GST law meaning a dedicated amazon.com.au storefront was created to serve Australian customers rather than them using the international variants of the eCommerce giant.
Does Amazon have free shipping to Australia?
Amazon themselves don’t allow for free shipping to Australia from outside of Australia. You can get free shipping with Amazon Prime from your Amazon UK account only when ordering your parcels to your forward2me forwarding address. However you will still need to pay for the courier shipping costs from our warehouse Australia.
Do I have to pay VAT as well as GST?
The Australian Government introduced a new tax law that came into effect on 1 July 2018 that requires package forwarding companies to collect a Goods and Services Tax (GST) on low-value goods (under AUD $1,000) imported into Australia. It is widely speculated that this is one of the contributing factors as to why Amazon stopped delivering to Australia from its main .com and .co.uk sites.
GST is calculated at 10% and is payable on both the value of the goods and on the cost of shipping. For further information on GST and how it is calculated, visit our dedicated Australian GST resource page.
To avoid paying sales tax on the purchase of your goods, forward2me now has a brand new VAT tax-free UK warehouse. Simply sign up for free with forward2me and create your UK tax-free address and you can save the 20% VAT from UK retailers including Amazon. Find out more about our tax-free parcel forwarding service today.
How long does it take to ship my Amazon order to Australia?
Typically, shipping starts from 4 days, and up to 10 days depending on weight, size and courier provider to deliver Amazon parcels from the UK to Australia.
To get estimates on Amazon shipping to Australia, visit our pricing page where you can save quotes and lock the price for 30 days.
Forward2me also offers a Protect+ guarantee, where Amazon goods up to the value of £5,000 can be protected during transit. Before you choose your courier service, read more on the forward2me Protect+ guarantee here.
Popular products from Amazon UK
There’s a whole host of products only available on Amazon UK. To find out a few of the things you could be missing out on, check our guide on Amazon UK Prime Day, or check out the best Amazon UK Black Friday deals. There’s undoubtedly something in there to inspire you to see what else Amazon UK has to offer, especially when compared to the relatively limited product pool of Amazon Australia.
With the new wave of Amazon Alexa products on the horizon, find out everything you need to know about them, from the first-gen through to the current. Amazon Pantry is another great way to get your British branded consumer goods delivered from the UK to Australia. From Cadbury’s Chocolate to Colman’s English Mustard and HP Sauce to Marmite and many more, they’re all available and can be delivered to Australia via our free UK shipping address.
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