Amazon shipping to Nigeria: is it possible?
With more than a hundred million daily visitors, Amazon is one of the most popular and recognized online markets in the world. Our readers often ask questions regarding Amazon shipping to Nigeria, we have decided to tell how to get your items delivered to your home in Nigeria.
Does Amazon ship to Nigeria?
While it is true that Amazon delivery to Nigeria is possible, you cannot visit this platform and purchase just any product sold on it with direct shipping to your home. This can be impossible in many situations.
Shipping to Nigeria is a more complicated question because Amazon is not just one seller. It is a huge online mall with thousands of sellers from the USA, the UK, Canada, some African countries, Europe, and other parts of the world. And every seller has his or her own shipping policy which can be only limited to the United States of America, the United Kingdom or other parts of the globe.
In other words, when you find something at a good price or just what interests you the most and wish to enjoy Amazon delivery to Nigeria, you might be upset if the seller does not ship to Nigeria.
At the same time, you might find a seller who can guarantee Amazon delivery to Nigeria. Such shipment (if it is direct) can take a while to reach you. According to quora.com, those Nigerians who have experimented making direct purchases on this platform and asking the seller to ship the product right to Africa through FedEx or other mail company assure that it can take around 12 days to get your products or more. Besides, such international shipment can be very expensive and cost even several times more than the product itself.
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How to ship from Amazon to Nigeria
When it comes to international Amazon shipping, it is necessary to figure out the best way of making international purchases and receiving your products at your home in Nigeria.
Here are the most popular methods of Amazon delivery to Nigerians houses:
Method 1. Ask the seller to ship to Nigeria
This is the easiest method; however, it does not guarantee that the seller would fulfill your request with pleasure. Some U.S. sellers and non-U.S. users who offer their products on Amazon do not agree to send anything to Nigeria. In such a case you should select a different shipping option.
If the seller agrees to ship to Nigeria, you should make sure your shipping address is trusted, and a good one and your shipment would finally reach you. It could also cost way too much for you to use FedEx or other international shipping company to deliver goods to your home.
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Here is what you can do to use this method:
- Visit the official Amazon website.
- In the top left corner select your shipping country as 'Nigeria.'
- Now when you look at the products and search through the platform you will see a message whether your goods can be shipped directly to Nigeria or not. It will say 'eligible for shipping to Nigeria' or 'not eligible.'
- Make a purchase and have it shipped directly to your home.
Method 2. Use a forwarding company to ship your goods
There are numerous forwarding companies that have their warehouses in the United States of America. They provide a free virtual shipping address (it is usually your personal suite number at the company’s warehouse) to foreign customers, and this gives you an easy opportunity to make purchases on Amazon as if you were the resident of any of the American States.
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All sellers who are present on the U.S. Amazon platform are happy to ship nearly anything within the USA, and thus you can have your goods delivered to your address. Later you can combine all your shipments into one big parcel and have it forwarded to you in Nigeria.
Users who know how to ship from Amazon to Nigeria using freight forwarding services enjoy cheaper shipping rates if compared to using FedEx or other mail companies for each purchase made on Amazon. You can use Aramex, Borderoo, Hont Global Services or another firm that gives you a virtual address in the USA and allows making purchases all across the country without any issues.
It can cost approximately 4-5 U.S. dollars per pound to ship your goods from the USA to Lagos (Nigeria) using a forwarding company.
P.S. We should note that shipping to Nigeria might not be possible to some categories of products. For example, it is impossible to ship flammable products or something that is restricted from being shipped internationally.
While individual sellers might not be aware of what they can or can't ship to you, freight forwarding companies usually have a list of eligible products for shipping to Nigeria. You are highly advised to read this list carefully before buying anything online.
As you can see, Amazon delivery to Nigeria is not just possible, it is actually popular in our country. Many users prefer making online purchases and even saving their money by shopping in the USA, where Amazon is the biggest online market.
For some goods, you can ask sellers to ship directly to your Nigerian home address, for other products, you can only work with freight forwarding companies.
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