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Are you a European expat wishing for goods from your home country while sweltering in the desert heat? How about a project manager who has relocated from UK to Australia but needs shipping from UK for all the clothes he bought from John Lewis? What if the item you need is only available in UK and European store that you need to ship to US? Regardless of the reason, an EU or UK parcel forwarding service is the best option for maximum savings and cheaper international deliveries. Here’s how you can do online shopping in Europe and receive goods worldwide
How to Shop Online in Europe & Ship Worldwide
- You sign-up with a virtual mailbox or parcel forwarding service that gives you a local address in the country of your choice.
- Verify your identity with the service via a govt issued id or an address (if asked). You may be asked to make a small payment as well.
- Signup with a virtual phone service to receive a local number. Sometimes, a parcel service doesn’t provide a local number with your new virtual mailbox address.
- Shop online from the local store(s) of your choice. Be it in UK, Germany, Ireland, France or Turkey.
- Receive the goods at your local UK or EU parcel forwarding or freight forwarding address.
- Consolidate all your online shopping into one parcel for shipment abroad.
- Choose the best shipping service for your delivery country and budget (Check how to choose between Courier and Postal Services)
- Pay for shipping and other parcel forwarding services
- Receive your shopping in your new country!
Since the delivery address is a local / EU address, you will need to pay VAT.
UK and EU Parcel Forwarding Services
1 Shipito – Austria
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 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 FedEx and Austria Post, however, you can enquire deirectly from support for custom shipping options for your country. Shipto’s Austrian delivery address 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. They complete requests quickly and their staff knows how to fulfill unusual requests. Their packaging quality is also very good.
Shipito has apps for iOS and Android devices which makes it easy to respond to messages or see notifications as requests are completed.
2 Forward2Me – UK
Forward2Me gives a free UK address in Preston so if you’re interested in shipping from UK to USA then, they are the best choice. 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.
Another great service for online shopping in Europe is to get an address in Weimar, Germany, via MyGermany. 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.
They charge a one-off registration fee of €1.
5 Yollando – Turkey
With a virtual address in 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. Paid 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.
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 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.
8 MailBox De – Germany
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. MailBox DE accept payments via wire transfers, PayPal, credit cards and WebMoney. Parcel shipping options including via Deutsche Post or Czech Post. Their reps can be contacted via phone and email.
9 Parcel Motel – UK
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.
Do you have a package forwarding service you love to use when shopping from the UK or an European country? Let us know in our comments.