How To Get Amazon Orders Shipped To Korea
Shopping on Amazon in Korea used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting orders from Amazon—or any other retailer that doesn’t ship to Korea—shipped right to your doorstep with zero trouble and minimal fees.
Does Amazon Ship To Korea?
On one hand, Amazon ships some items to Korea, including much of its clothing and home decor.
But on the other hand, the infamous “This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location” message seems to be popping up more and more, especially when you try to buy more valuable products like cameras and electronics.
So the real answer is that Amazon ships some items to Korea, but not everything.
So in this post, I’m going to show you exactly how to get 100% of the items on Amazon shipped to Korea. Here’s how to do it.
Method #1: Amazon’s International Page
You probably didn’t know that Amazon has a special search portal that only shows you items that can be shipped to your current address.
But in order to make full use of that page, you first need to set up your “1-Click” address so Amazon knows what country you want to ship to. That’s the only way to ensure you get relevant search results.
To do that, go to this page, make sure your current address is listed as your default address, and enable 1-Click on the right side.
Then you’re all set!
Now when you go back and search for what you want to buy, you’ll only see items that ship to your current address. If whatever you want to buy still won’t ship to you, you need Method #2.
Method #2: Shipping Amazon Items To Korea With A Package Forwarder
Even after you set up your 1-Click address (see Method #1 above), Amazon still won’t ship a lot of items to you in Korea, because they only ship them within the United States. It’s notoriously difficult to buy electronics from Amazon.com in Korea, but even harmless items like books can be hard to get, too.
In those cases, you’ll need to work with a package forwarder, a company that will accept your package at their USA warehouse and forward it on to your address in Korea. Here’s how do do it.
Step 1: Choose A Package Forwarder
Here are a few other things I like about Planet Express:
Step 2: Ship Your Order To Planet Express
Step 3: Forward Your Package
My Personal Experience
The Costs (Customs & Duties)
In my experience, the price I paid ($6 USD + $2 USD in insurance) is pretty standard for shipping packages from Planet Express to Korea. I didn’t have to pay any customs or duties on my order, but that depends on the value and type of item you buy.
If you’re uneasy about how much you’ll have to pay to have your order shipped to Korea, I suggest using Planet Express’ shipping calculator above, or enter your items into a customs & duties calculator to help you estimate the cost.
Overall, shipping Amazon items to Korea using Planet Express is surprisingly easy and smooth. The costs are low, and in my experience you’ll actually end up saving money, since Amazon’s prices are often much lower than those of local retailers in Korea.
If you’re shopping on Amazon.com, or any other retailer that only ships to the USA, I highly suggest making use of Planet Express.
Is Amazon available in Korea?
Some Amazon.com products ship to Korea, but many do not. Method #1 described above will help you find the products that do ship to Korea, and Method #2 enables you to get 100% of items on Amazon.com shipped to you in Korea.
Does Amazon offer free shipping to Korea?
No, Amazon does not offer free shipping to Korea, but Method #2 above shows you how to get your Amazon order shipped to Korea for $10 or less.
How much does Amazon shipping to Korea cost?
Amazon’s shipping fee to Korea depends on the items you’re buying and how quickly you want to receive them. If you use Amazon’s international search portal, you can place items in your cart and see how much shipping will cost before you check out.
If the item you’re buying won’t ship to Korea directly, you can use the Planet Express shipping calculator above to price out how much it will cost.
How long does Amazon take to ship to Korea?
If Amazon will ship your item directly to Korea, it normally takes at least 5-7 business days, and in some cases it can take quite a bit longer. Of course, Amazon has different shipping options you can choose from, but faster shipping methods can be quite expensive.
What items will Amazon ship to Korea?
It’s hard to list the categories of items Amazon will ship to Korea, since that depends on individual sellers’ shipping policies.
When you’re using a package forwarder, though, you can get virtually any Amazon item shipped to Korea, including books, DVDs, software, clothing, baby products, beauty and cosmetics, consumer electronics, watches, luxury items, personal care items, scientific supplies, kitchen appliances, games, arts & crafts, health products, luggage, pet supplies, outdoor products, furniture, jewelry, home improvement items, garden tools, musical instruments, sporting equipment, shoes, toys, video games, and more.
Does Amazon Prime work in Korea?
If you have Amazon Prime via Amazon.com, all of your orders will be eligible for free shipping, but only within the USA. That means that if your order doesn’t ship to Korea, you can have it shipped for free to Planet Express, and then have it forwarded on to your address from there.
Can I buy Kindle books from Amazon in Korea?
You can only buy Kindle books from the Amazon store where your Kindle is registered, which means that if you bought a Kindle from Amazon.com, you have to buy your books from there, too.
How can I pay for my Amazon order from Korea?
You can pay for your Amazon order with a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, JCB, Discover, UnionPay, Diners Club), debit cards, US-based bank accounts, Amazon.com store cards, and Amazon gift cards.
If you’re not able to use any of those methods, you can take advantage of Planet Express’ Shop For Me service, in which Planet Express will buy the product you want using their credit card, and you’ll pay them directly instead of paying Amazon.
Can I buy Amazon gift cards from Korea?
Yes, you can buy Amazon gift cards from Korea in the same way you would buy any other product. The balance will be applied to the account of the Amazon store you buy them from, so make sure you’re on the correct Amazon website (Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, etc.) before completing your purchase.As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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