There is some very exciting news that has just been released by Australia Post. As you might know, many people have been using parcel forwarding services in order to make purchases from the US and to get them shipped here. This concept has really taken off this year and there are numerous different companies that offer this service to Australia residents but one thing that has out me off using them is not knowing exactly how much the fees would be, if there were any hidden costs, how reliable they were, etc.
Well now AusPost has launched their own shipping service! The ShopMate service provides you with your own individual US address via a suite number (each person’s is different) as well as, of course the ShopMate address which I presume to be a warehouse. Described as being divided into 4 easy steps, you first create an account to obtain your personalized ShopMate address, shop at your favourite online US stores and once the parcel arrives at the ShopMate warehouse, you then have to declare the package and pay the ShopMate fees and you will then receive your package within 5 – 8 business days.
There are a list of items that are prohibited including perfumes, nail polish and food.
Shipping your parcel from the US to here in Australia will cost a flat rate of $24.95 plus $5.95 for every 500g the parcel weighs. I’m not too sure of the pricing mechanisms of other parcel forwarding services but on first glance, Australia Post’s prices are not inexpensive so while I find their service much more appealing to me as I see them as more reliable and trustworthy than their competitors (we’ll be able to have somewhere to go to complain if something bad occurs), I’ll have to really work out if purchasing from the US and getting the parcel shipping here really works out as being more affordable.
Will you be signing up for Australia Post’s ShopMate service?