Does Amazon Ship To Cuba?
If you live in Cuba and have tried to buy something from Amazon, chances are you’ve run into some difficulties. The most common issue is that your item can’t be shipped to Cuba, but there are plenty of other problems that come up, too.
Fortunately, there is a way to get just about any item shipped to Cuba—as long as you know the right way to do it. Our 2-step strategy shows you exactly how to get just about any item on Amazon.com delivered to Cuba.
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Important Note: You should always do your shopping on Amazon.com’s USA site, because it offers a larger selection at much lower prices than other Amazon sites around the world.
Strategy #1: The Double Filter Method (Extremely Easy, 80-90% Success Rate)
Step 1: Visit Your New Amazon Cuba Homepage
Problem: You try to buy something on Amazon.com (the USA site) from Cuba, but when you reach the checkout page, you’re told that the item can’t be shipped to Cuba.
Solution: To avoid wasting your time with items that don’t ship outside of the USA, you need to start every future Amazon search from this page. It filters out the USA-only items that can’t be shipped to Cuba, so you’ll want to keep it handy!
Step 2: Set Up Your 1-Click Address
Problem: Even though you’ve filtered out the USA-only items, that doesn’t mean everything else can be shipped to Cuba. Government regulations prevent certain items like special electronics from being imported directly from Amazon, so to only see items that can be shipped to Cuba, you need to set up a 1-click address.
Solution: Go to your Purchase Preferences, ensure you’re using your Cuba address as your default address, and enable 1-click ordering in your browser. If you aren’t set up like this, simply add your Cuba address and set it as your default address. You never need to actually use the 1-click ordering feature, but you do need to have it enabled here so that Amazon will only show you items that ship to Cuba.
The photo below shows what this looks like. And once you’ve got that set up, you can shop on Amazon as much as you’d like!
What if Strategy #1 doesn’t work for me?
This method of using Amazon’s international page only works for about 80-90% of Amazon items. For the other 10-20% of items, we have Strategy #2: package forwarding.
Strategy #2: The Package Forwarder (100% Success Rate)
There are many items that Amazon won’t ship to us here in Cuba, most notably their own Kindles and other electronic devices.
In those cases, the only way to receive your items is to use a third-party package forwarder. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Sign Up With A Package Forwarder
Package forwarders are specialized companies who will accept your Amazon purchases at their warehouse in the USA and forward them on to you. I’ve tested nearly a dozen different package forwarders over the past several years, and the one I recommend is PostScan Mail. Their shipping fees are low, they have thousands of 5-star reviews, and they’re the only package forwarder currently shipping from the US to Cuba.
Here are a few more things I like about PostScan Mail:
- Special DHL Route To Cuba: PostScan Mail has negotiated a special route with DHL from the US to Cuba, which means you can get Amazon items forwarded on to Cuba easily and for a fraction of the price you’d normally have to pay.
- Cheaper Shipping: PostScan Mail has negotiated discounts of 40-80% with DHL (as well as other major shippers like UPS, FedEx and USPS), which means you’ll be paying far less than you’d expect.
- Satisfied Customers: PostScan Mail has excellent customer reviews all across the web—and they get my stamp of approval, too.
- Fast Shipments: PostScan Mail shipped out my packages within 1 business day of receiving my request.
- High Level Of Care: PostScan Mail has always handled my packages carefully to ensure they arrive without any damage. (This sounds obvious, but you’d be shocked how frequently other package forwarders manage to damage packages.)
Step 2: Purchase Your Item
When you sign up for PostScan Mail, you’ll receive a unique shipping address to send your packages to, which ensures that your packages don’t get mixed up with anyone else’s. Just add your PostScan Mail address to Amazon and have your item shipped there—it’s that simple.
Step 3: Forward Your Item
Once your package arrives, you’ll be able to forward it on to your home address in Cuba. Here are the prices I paid the last several times I forwarded packages to Cuba using PostScan Mail’s DHL service:
|Item||Weight||Value||Shipping Cost (Including Insurance)|
|Nike running shoes||1 lb||$75||$14|
|Various pieces of clothing||5 lbs||$300||$27|
|New iPhone||250 grams||$1,000||$21|
As you can see, most shipments cost in the range of $15-30 USD, though this varies depending on the size and weight of what you buy, of course. For more information on shipping rates, taxes/duties, and everything else, sign up here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Amazon Offer Free Shipping To Cuba?
No, Amazon does not offer free shipping to Cuba. You’ll normally have to pay around $260 CUP to have your Amazon purchase shipped to Cuba, and you may have to pay more if you’re buying multiple items or your purchase is heavy or bulky. Most Amazon packages in Cuba will be delivered by Correos de Cuba.
How To Ship An Amazon Echo To Cuba
The Amazon Echo is Amazon’s groundbreaking voice-activated smart speaker and personal assistant device. Originally released in 2014, the Amazon Echo is now in its 3rd generation. Amazon has also released the Amazon Echo Dot, a smaller, less expensive device with all of the functionality of the Echo (including Alexa) and a less powerful speaker. Here are some of the popular features of the Amazon Echo:
- Playing music on command (connects to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc.)
- Telling you the news and weather
- Setting timers, alarms and calendar events
- Controlling smart home devices (Philips Hue, Nest Wi-Fi, etc.)
- Looking up information
- Reading recipes
- Adding items to your shopping list
Let’s say you want to get an Amazon Echo shipped to you at your home in Havana. Following Strategy #1 above, you should:
- Visit your new Amazon homepage here.
- Add your Havana address in your Purchase Preferences here, buy the Echo, and have it shipped to your address.
If that process doesn’t work for you, Strategy #2 definitely will.
Amazon Promo Codes In Cuba
Unfortunately, you’ll almost never find a working Amazon promo code in Cuba. Nearly all of the Amazon promo codes and coupons you’ll find online don’t actually work. Rather than wasting your time chasing down Amazon promo codes in Cuba, we suggest applying our 2-step double filter method (Strategy #1) above to get your items shipped to Cuba quickly and reliably. If Strategy #1 doesn’t work, using a package forwarder (Strategy #2) will.
Amazon Web Services in Cuba
Amazon Web Services provides on-demand cloud computing to individuals, companies, and governments on a metered, pay-as-you-go basis. It makes building websites and web apps extremely easy and affordable, and keeps costs low by only charging you for the data you use. To build a website or web app using Amazon Web Services in Cuba, click here.
Amazon Flex in Cuba
Amazon Flex is the company’s delivery platform that enables independent contractors to deliver packages for Amazon. Flex was launched in 2015 as a way for Amazon to gain greater control over its value chain and speed up last-mile delivery.
Here’s how Amazon Flex works:
- Amazon Flex drivers retrieve a bundle of packages from their local Amazon warehouse. The packages are organized into specific, narrow geographies, allowing each driver to concentrate on a subset of adjacent streets for that day’s deliveries.
- Drivers use the Amazon Flex app to get the details of each delivery: the address it’s being delivered to, delivery placement, special requests, etc.
- Drivers complete the block of deliveries in 3-5 hours. Amazon Flex drivers can sign up for multiple delivery blocks in one day, enabling them to earn a competitive wage delivering Amazon packages.
Since Amazon Flex drivers are independent contractors, not Amazon employees, they generally do not wear Amazon-branded apparel, and they make their deliveries using their personal vehicles.
Amazon Prime in Cuba
Amazon Prime is Amazon’s premium shopping subscription service. Launched in 2005, Amazon Prime benefits include free two-day delivery, Prime Reading, a host of music and video streaming services, and much more. There are over 100 million Amazon Prime users worldwide, and that number increases by tens of millions of users every year.
Amazon offers a handful of other services alongside Amazon Prime to make membership even more valuable for subscribers:
- Amazon Prime Music: An unlimited, ad-free music streaming service, similar to Spotify or YouTube Music. Amazon Prime members get access to most of the Amazon Prime Music library for free, and they can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited to access all of the songs in the Amazon library for an additional fee.
- Amazon Prime Video: Launched in 2006, Amazon Prime Video is an Internet video-on-demand service that offers a wide variety of original content and programming, making it a strong competitor to other video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu.
- Amazon Prime Now: Launched in 2014, Amazon Prime Now enables subscribers to have products delivered to them within 1-2 hours for an additional fee. Nearly half of Amazon Prime members have used Amazon Prime Now at least once.
Since 2015, Amazon has been running its annual Prime Day on July 15th. Prime Day is similar to Black Friday in that many of the site’s products are offered at steep discounts both on the 15th and across the several days before and after.
Amazon Cuba Careers
If you’re looking for a career at Amazon in Cuba, you’ve come to the wrong place. This is not a jobs portal for Amazon in Cuba! Backtrack to Google and continue your search there, or go directly to Amazon’s global jobs portal.
How To Sell On Amazon In Cuba
Selling on Amazon in Cuba is simple, and you can get started in just a few easy steps:
- Go to services.amazon.com.
- Scroll down, click Start Selling, and log in to your Amazon account.
- Follow the prompts and you’ll be set up within a few minutes!
Here’s what you’ll need to start selling on Amazon in Cuba:
- A credit card that can be charged internationally (any Visa, Mastercard or American Express card will work).
- A bank account in Cuba that supports ACH (automated clearing house) for accepting payments from Amazon.
- Your mailing address and phone number in Cuba.
- A U.S. EIN (Employee Identification Number), which you can get by filling out IRS Form SS-4 here.
That’s everything we wanted to share about how to buy items from Amazon in Cuba. If you’ve got any questions about how to make our strategies work for you, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you get your items delivered safely, quickly and at the lowest cost.