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UK and EU Package Forwarding Services
Shipito is a very popular service that gives a shipping/mailing address in Austria (EU) as well as addresses in California and Oregon (USA). They have two plans, free and paid. With the free plan you get addresses in two warehouses: Austria and Califronia along with shipping discounts. If you wish to consolidate packages or save on any US taxes then its a good idea to upgrade to the paid plan ($10/pm or $50/yr) for massive savings. Here I’d like to add that they charge a consolidation fee ($3) and a package processing fee ($2). They offer 3 free pictures of the outside of the parcel and if you want the content pictures then you have to pay $2-5 for them. Express processing is for $5 and assisted purchase starts at $8.50. They accept payments via credit cards, PayPal, bitcoin and wire transfer. They ship via DHL, FedEx, USPS, and a few more, making them the only parcel forwarding service that we know of that gives the most number & variety of shipping options.
Their support is relative to each country hence their support hours vary according to the warehouse location. Shipito’s pricing is uniform across both countries and is in US dollars. Shipping variation occurs with proximity to major airports and shipping options available for each destination country.
After using their Austrian warehouse, I’m a fan of shipping from Europe as well. The warehouse location means that you can possibly get free shipping to Austria via Amazon Prime regardless of whether you’re shopping from Germany or France. Many Austrian stores offer English language versions of their online sites. Similarly, Shipito’s warehouse staff and their support in Austria is great. Any packages already entered into their system under ‘Expected Packages’ were available within an hour, photo requests were well done and I even asked them to inspect an item for me. They completed the inspection, provided photos and wrote me an explanation on what they thought of the product quality. Packaging quality was great and their staff knows how to fulfill unusual requests. They’re definitely going to be my go to shipping providers for Europe.
They have apps for iOS and Android devices which makes it easy to respond to messages or see notifications as requests are completed.
Forward2Me gives a free UK address in Preston. There is no monthly or yearly fee attached to your UK address. They offer 30 days of free storage space which can extend if and only if you speak to them first. They ship via DHL, TNT, Royal Mail and Parcel Force and accept payments via PayPal, credit or debit card (Sage Pay), Bitcoin (BitPay) and bank transfer. Their personal shopper service charges £15 or 10% of the value of the goods, whichever is the greater. Forward2Me has other plus points like packing and shipping dangerous goods such as Perfumes, Batteries, Aerosols, and Flammables. But please get in touch to ask if your item can be shipped to your country or not. You can also use their service of Supermarket Shopping which allows you to order directly from the British supermarket website of your choice and enjoy HUGE savings over specialist expat food shops. Their support response time varies from 5 hours to 48 hours, so if you don’t get a reply in 5-6 hours, pick up the phone and make sure their business hours have begun. You can also read the reviews left by users of Forward2Me which is recorded by Feefo.com to see what others thingk about this service.
This is one of a kind service. UKPostBox are the leading online postal service that caters to people who don’t reside on UK shores. Their service can be used by those who want to trade in the UK from far, so in a way you can use them for your business solution. With that being said, UK PostBox gives you an online UK mailing address with total remote control from anywhere in the world. You have full control of your postal mail through their secure account and you can manage you mail in real time, both receiving and forwarding parcels from wherever you maybe. Signup is free but in order for them to comply with legal requirements every new user has to verify personal details upon registration of UK PostBox accounts. They provide PO Box locations in Poole, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham and Belfast. They provide 4 plans; PayG, Lite, Standard and Premier and you can pay for services with a debit/credit card or PayPal. Alternatively, you can also pay via bank wire transfer. They forward parcels and mail via USPS, Royal Mail, DHL and ParcelForce. You can also see their extensive FAQ which is very informative and useful.
If you want an address in Weimar, Germany, you can get it from MyGermany for a one-off registration fee of €1. You get 30 days of free storage along with consulting services, concierge services, inspection, repackaging, customs declaration, drop shipments and discreet shipping services as well. You can pay them via credit card, PayPal and they also accept country specific methods which you will have to ask in advance. They ship parcels via DHL and FedEx only. You can contact them via email or request a call-back.
Dedicated to Turkey, Yollando offers its services in two plans; free and paid. Both plans look very appealing with their free consolidation, free repackaging and free images. The difference however is in the deeper discounts of shipping prices, adding many forwarding addresses and number of free storage days. Free plan allows 15 days of free storage while paid membership allows 60 days of free storage. Pain plan costs euros 7/Month. In fact all prices for Yollando are in Euros. Signup is a straight forward process and the dashboard includes a nice list of shopping websites where you can purchase your stuff from. If you cannot, Yollando offers a ‘buy for me’ service which costs 8% of purchase value. Yollando also offers their Turkey based customers to pay the balance at the door especially via instagram shopping. They accepts payments via Credit Cards and bank Transfers. For bank transfers you need to look at FAQ page for their account details. Yollando ships via DHL, UPS, Aramex and TNT.
Previously Shopouch, AirnShop offer addresses in 5 locations: France, Italy, Malaysia, Canada and USA. You can sign up for free in any one address but after that, there are service charges which are €9.95. There is not much storage also, just 5 days and the personal shopper are available for 10% of total purchase price. You should know that AirnShop works in a unique way. You can become an independent forwarder offering your address to AirnShop customers or choose to use their own address for your forwarding requirements. You can signup for these other locations (by independent forwarders) as long as that particular forwarder accepts to help you, otherwise, you can’t use that address. Right now there is no express checkout and the business is still very young, but they are focusing more on streamlined customer responses than offering many services. The support staff is located in Paris, France – so please keep that in mind when emailing them. They accept payments via PayPal and they ship via DHL and FedEx but it depends more on the forwarder what s/he wishes to ship via. You can, of course, request a particular shipper but the forwarder also has to agree to it.
TipTrans is in business since 8 years and they offer addresses in 5 warehouses; China, Hong Kong and Czech Republic, Germany and UK. TipTrans is not just for personal use but also for business purposes. They have three types of memberships; Standard, Premium & Business Premium. All allow you to get addresses in all five locations but the main difference between these memberships is the price for consolidation, shipping, and assisted purchase. Their added services include repackaging, pictures, parcel inspection, special requests and express checkout. They accept payments via PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoins, Western Union and bank wire to Hong Kong, Germany or the Czech Republic. They have quite a few shipping methods like China Post, DHL, Hong Kong post, TNT, UPS, EMS, Aramex and many more. Their online chat is very good and my emails with them prove that their staff knows English and understands it very well too (which verifies their claim that their staff is from EU).
BPM Parcel Station
BPM Parcel Station as the name suggests works round the clock and gives virtual mailboxes in 8 countries; Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, UK (London) and USA (Miami). Their starting price is €5 /month. BPM scans mails so you can read them online and ships out parcel via courier operators and also to pick up stations. After your parcel arrives in Germany, France or Belgium, they are automatically transferred overnight to Luxembourg. BPM receives your parcels at all 8 mail-drops, and you can then forward your items to anywhere in the world. The warehouse in the US, UK and Luxembourg gives 30 days of free storage. They have 2 types of membership plans and their prices also vary. They accept payments via PayPal and ship via DHL, FedEx, TNT and USPS.
MailBoxDe gives an address in Germany at no cost. As for their storage space, it depends on the weight of your shipment, the lighter the packages, the more free storage you get; so assuming your parcel is super light and weighs around 0.3kg, then you get 60 days of free storage, great right? Anyhow, you can see more about their weight distribution and pricing on their website. They don’t have a purchase assistance service which is clearly mentioned on their website. They accept payments via wire transfers, PayPal, credit cards and WebMoney. They ship out parcels via Deutsche Post or Czech Post. Their reps can be contacted via phone and email.
Parcel Motel offers a virtual address in the Republic of Ireland and England. They work differently from other services mentioned here; they have drop-off locations all over Ireland and England and hence with them you don’t need to worry about the high delivery costs or who will be home to take the mail/parcel in. With Parcel Motel, you can easily collect, return and send your parcels 24/7 wherever you want. Using this service is quite easy… just put in your unique Irish or UK address in the delivery section when shipping from online stores and once your parcel arrives at the locker terminal, you get a text containing your PIN to have the parcel released. You can also read up on their service offerings in greater detail. Their prices begin at €3.95 . You can get in touch with them via online form and email.
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