Amazon is one of the most popular and recognized online markets in the world. One interesting thing about Amazon is that their products are relatively cheap. The problem most Ghanaian have when buying from Amazon is whether Amazon ship to Ghana.
The good news is that Amazon ships to Ghana, however, not all items can be shipped directly to Ghana from Amazon. However, in this guide, you’ll learn how to buy and ship virtually anything from Amazon to Ghana.
Does Amazon Ship to Ghana?
As earlier mentioned, Amazon sells and ship items to Ghana. However, you cannot just visit the online market and purchase just any product sold there with direct shipping to your home address. In many situations, this is impossible.
It’s even more complicated because Amazon is made of thousands of sellers. 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 Ghana, you might be upset if the seller does not ship to Ghana.
At the same time, you might find a seller who can guarantee Amazon delivery to Ghana. Such shipment (if it is direct) can take a while to reach you. Importantly, most U.S.A seller on Amazon does not ship to Ghana because of expenses on Tax, packaging etc which might be triple the amount of the goods you are trying to purchase.
How to Ship from Amazon to Ghana
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 Ghana.
Here are the most popular methods of Amazon delivery to Ghanaian houses:
1. Use an Acquaintance
If you have a friend or acquaintance residing in the United States, you can forward the item you want to buy on Amazon to the address of your friend. This works perfectly if the friend will be visiting Ghana in a matter of weeks. The friend can also help forward the item to Ghana after receiving it from Amazon.
2. Ask the Seller to Ship to Ghana
This is the easiest method; however, it does not guarantee that the seller would fulfil 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 Ghana. In such a case you should select a different shipping option.
If the seller agrees to ship to Ghana, 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.
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 ‘Ghana.’
- 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 Ghana or not. It will say ‘eligible for shipping to Ghana’ or ‘not eligible.’
- Make a purchase and have it shipped directly to your home.
3. 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.
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 Ghana.
Users who know how to ship from Amazon to Ghana 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 Shipito, Aramex, Borderoo, Shoptomydoor, 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 Accra (Ghana) using a forwarding company.
How to Pay for Products on Amazon in Ghana
Despite the fact that you can’t ship so many items from Amazon to Ghana directly, you can conveniently pay for your items on Amazon from Ghana. However, to pay for products on Amazon, you’ll need a debit card provided by banks in Ghana, such as EcoBank, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, etc. These cards can be applied for at the bank and incur minimum charges.
Additionally, you can also make payments on Amazon using a PayPal account if you have one. Aside from the two listed above, gift card & promotional codes too can be used to pay for the product ordered from Amazon.com.
As you can see, Amazon delivery to Ghana 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 Ghanaian home address, for other products, you can only work with freight forwarding companies.