Does Amazon Ship to Australia

From its humble beginnings back in 1994 as an online marketplace for books, Amazon is now a multinational technology company that not only is one of the largest marketplaces online for books, electronics and gifts but is now also one of the pioneers in online streaming and voice search services. Amazon is a global retail eCommerce giant and is considered one of the most valuable companies in the world. 

Amazon opened its first Australian warehouse in 2017, but from 1 July 2018 began redirecting users from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk to amazon.com.au when at the checkout, to encourage sales through the new Australian warehouse. Amazon.com and amazon.co.uk will now also no longer ship directly to Australia. 

The downside of this move was that Amazon’s Australian warehouse had a much smaller stock inventory when compared to the USA and UK, leaving some loyal Australian Amazon customers out in the dark when looking to purchase specific books, electronics and gifts. 

There is, of course, a simple way to continue shopping on Amazon UK in Australia and still get your items delivered to Australia. By simply 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. 

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.

 

How to order from Amazon UK in Australia with forward2me

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. This will give you an address to get UK orders, not just from Amazon UK, shipped to.

Step two: Head to Amazon UK

It’s then as simple as heading to amazon.co.uk and using it as you normally would. Just search for your items and place an order. Just make sure you use the UK shipping address we’ve provided you.

Step three: We Receive Your Amazon UK Parcel

Yout 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 11.00am 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!

 

How much does it cost to ship to Australia? 

With Forward2me, shipping costs to Australia start from around AUD $41.53 (£21.85), but price ranges differ depending on package size, weight, and courier. You can get a quick estimate on shipping costs on our UK to Australia package forwarding page

Forward2me work 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. 

 

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 have 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 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 from previous years. 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.

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