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Have you been unable to take advantage of some great Amazon deals Prices Drop Monitor Allows You To Snag Any Deal On Amazon Prices Drop Monitor Allows You To Snag Any Deal On Amazon Great values in their premium services, like Amazon Prime, keep millions of shoppers coming back. It can be painstaking to window shop every other day and wait patiently for the right deal to come around.... Read More because the items were not being shipped worldwide? Maybe you have tried buying the latest gadget only to realize that shipping is restricted to the US.

What do you do when you find yourself in this situation? The answer lies in package forwarding services. If you don’t mind paying for shipping and other charges, you can still buy on Amazon and have packages delivered to you worldwide.

The following are some reliable package forwarding services.

Shipito.com

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Shipito is based in Torrance, California in the US but also has warehouses in Nevada and Oregon. The company provides a personal U.S. address that you can use as your delivery address when shopping on Amazon. After placing an order on Amazon, change the shipping address before actual shipment.

Go to “View Open Orders” in your Amazon “Order History”. Select the order and click “Edit” under the “Shipping Address” subsection. Enter the shipping address provided by Shipito and click the “save” button. Amazon will ship your package to Shipito’s address in the US. Shipito will then send the package to you (in your country) via USPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT or Airmail.

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The company offers two types of service: an individual package option and a virtual package option. With the individual package, you pay a fixed fee of $8.50 per package. But, with the virtual package option, you pay $10 monthly or $50 annually as a subscription, and only pay $2.50 per package. The virtual package option is ideal if you buy lots of items from Amazon in a year.

The virtual package option also offers a consolidation service which repacks many packages into one parcel. This results in tremendous cost savings. They also provide free storage for 90 days, which means you don’t have to ship all items at once. You can wait until you have bought a couple of items and then take advantage of the consolidation service.

Storage limits for the individual parcel is one package at a time and 18 cubic feet for the virtual mailbox. That is enough for three huge 36″x17″x17″ boxes (or many more smaller boxes). You can pay extra for more storage. Oregon warehouses do not attract any sales tax, so you can save money if you ship from there. However, items shipping from California ship faster due to the proximity to LAX Airport.

MyUS.com

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MyUS is based in Sarasota, Florida in the US. After signing up to any one of three membership levels, you can use their street address in Sarasota, Florida when placing an order on Amazon. The three different types of membership are as follows:

  1. Standard – this is ideal for the occasional shopper. The set-up fee is $10 and there is no recurring fee. However, a daily storage fee of $1 per box is charged after five days.
  2. Premium – the premium service will set you back $20 in setup fees with a recurring fee of $7 per month or $60 per year. The daily storage fee is $1 per box after 30 days. This service also permits you to receive letters, magazines and catalogs to the MyUS address for onward forwarding.
  3. Premium +Mail – this will cost you $35 in setup fees and a recurring fee of $25 per month or $195 per year. The daily storage fee under this plan is also $1 per box after 30 days. With this service, you can also receive letters, magazines and catalogs. You can also add extra names to receive mail at just $20 extra per year.

All three plans offer a free consolidation service. The premium and Premium+Mail service also allow an additional service discount of up to 20%.

The main couriers used by MyUS are DHL and FedEx though they also offer USPS Express Mail International (EMI) and USPS Priority.

Viabox.com

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Once known as Viaddress, Viabox is the cheapest package forwarding service. You only pay for shipping charges to forward the package to your country. They offer the same level of service offered by other package forwarders free-of-charge and even throw in 90 days of free storage as well as a free concierge service. Their shipping rates are also among the lowest in the industry, sometimes as much as half what other package forwarders would quote. Viabox also has a much easier sign up process. You can sign up for an account and enter your payment information later whereas both Shipito and MyUS require payment details before setting up an account.

Their warehouse (and shipping address) is in Indiana. This offers considerable savings on sales tax. Merchants such as Amazon charge sales tax to New York, Florida, Texas and California but not to Indiana. One of the main international hubs for FedEx is also located in Indiana. This allows for faster shipping of your packages.

The main couriers used by Viabox are FedEx, TNT, DHL and USPS.

The Alternative — Ask a Friend

If you don’t want to incur the charges levied by mail forwarding companies, you can always ask a friend or relative in the US to buy the item on your behalf and then ship it to you. But, don’t enter into mail forwarding deals with somebody you don’t trust completely.

Some Challenges You May Encounter

These three services all work well with Amazon, but, you may encounter problems shopping at other sites.  Some of the best shopping websites do not accept a US shipping address if the credit card used to make payment is non-US. In such a situation you would need to use Shipito’s Assisted Purchase service, MyUS personal shopper service or the free concierge service from Viabox.

There are also other services such as US Unlocked which provide clients with a re-loadable virtual debit card that comes with a US billing address. You can use the card to shop at any US online site. The Card is free though you incur loading and usage charges of 4% plus $4. The card is only re-loadable using PayPal.

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US Unlocked also partners with MyUS and others to provide a US billing address and package forwarding services.

Take note that using a package forwarding service does not free you from tax liability in your country. Import duties and other taxes levied by your nation’s government are hidden costs that you need to settle as you collect the package from the courier.

You can also try the Does Amazon Ship to …? Firefox add-on as a quick way to know if a product on Amazon can be shipped to your country. The add-on only appears on Amazon pages. I also recommend you check out our Amazon Shopping Guide to learn how to secure the best deals.

Have you ever used any of these services? What was your experience? Please let us know in the comments below.

  1. potail.com
    October 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I am recommending Potail.com parcel forwarding company because I have an excellent experience from their shipping services. Make shopping to any shopping malls in USA or online stores based on any country and shop anything that you want to buy. When you have done with the shopping, then use Free US address that provided by Potail for your shipping. When your purchased products arrive at warehouses of Potail , they will inform you by Whats App, KakaoTalk, SMS or E-mail with product picture and details.

  2. Alia
    August 7, 2016 at 5:12 am

    An office mate suggested using globalshopaholics.com I had been previously using viabox but their website does some false advertising regarding their shipping rates. I ended up paying almost the same as what Shipito advertises.

    With Global Shopaholics I was a bit skeptical because their rates are amazing. Sure enough they charged exactly what was advertised.

    • potail.com
      October 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      I am recommending Potail parcel forwarding company because I have an excellent experience from their shipping services. Make shopping to any shopping malls in USA or online stores based on any country and shop anything that you want to buy. When you have done with the shopping, then use Free US address that provided by Potail for your shipping. When your purchased products arrive at warehouses of Potail , they will inform you by Whats App, KakaoTalk, SMS or E-mail with product picture and details.

  3. Susan Johnson
    April 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This article was great. I did some research and found a company called Shipville.
    I have been using their service and they have been fantastic! Hope this helps.

    Susan Johnson

    • Chris Parker
      May 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      I also use Shipville and they are great!

  4. Irina
    December 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the article. All services mentioned are b2c, and I found another model of international shopping and shipping service called Parcl.com. It is a peer-to-peer service, so you basically ask someone who lives in a country where the store is located to help you with delivery. You can chat, negotiate prices, discuss the delivery, etc. Both shoppers and forwarders are asked to update request process when they complete particular stages. The tracking mechanism is integrated into the service, payments are processed via PayPal.

    • DaneJ
      December 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Had recently used parcl. com to get my stuff from the US. It took me a while to register, but then it was super-easy. Just talked to forwarder and received my package in a few days. Forwarder gave me a tracking code and kept sending me updates on the package way. So, it works.

  5. dishvenkris
    October 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the article. It helped me to choose from various parcel forwarders. I already used viabox based on your suggestion and it is good (slightly slow though). There are few forwarders that do not have sales tax (such as Viabox). They will be a good option for big ticket items.

    If someone is looking to ship to India, then I found a new company called manyship.us that ship to India. You simply browse their catalog (which is amazon catalog) and pay for the product. After that they will deliver the product to India. Everything is prepaid - shipping cost, customs duty and product price. I had a great experience using them. You should try if you need to send things to India (another cool thing - there is no sales tax).

  6. Jeremy G
    March 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I recommend HopShopGo.com, and their cash-back service, Ebates.com

    They're run by, or have a partnership with, Paypal, and if you are unable to purchase items directly, will do so for you.

  7. David M
    March 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Is there any of those that is located in the EU?

    That way I can buy stuff on the US Amazon and worldwide ebay and not pay customs.

    • Aibek E
      March 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

      I know that Shipito offers multiple shipping addresses with some being outside US incl. London and Hong Kong. If you send your Amazon purchases to the non-US addresses you will end up paying pretty much the same amount as shipping the item from Shipito's US address to your home.

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