We all know about the shipping restrictions on Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Apple Store and many others like it. They have shipping restrictions and payment restrictions. Some don’t want to accept our credit cards while others simply say we accept PayPal only!
So what do you do?
You go through a service that gives you a local address that the online store supports and signup for an account. Once you have an account and address, you shop on the desired store and ship to your new address. e.g. If you’re shopping from Amazon UK and stores such as Clarks, H&M etc,. then you signup with a UK based package forwarding service. If you’re shopping from USA stores, then you signup with a USA parcel forwarding service.
And now for the list of parcel forwarding services in the USA, UK/EU region and Canada, Australia and Asia Pacific regions.
Stackry gives a free US address in Nashua, USA which is a tax-free zone. With them, you get 45 days of free storage in their warehouse after which there is a small charge of $1/lb/day. For those who are unable to make purchases online, they offer personal shopper services at 8.5% of the total price + $10 for each online store (capped at $100) Their other services include repackaging, package consolidation, pictures and information request, and hazmat processing (flammable liquids, batteries, etc).
Stackry accepts payments via Credit Cards, PayPal, and wire transfer ($25 extra/wire transfer). Shipment to Pakistan is pretty cheap if you go with DHL express. Their customer support is prompt and their warehouse staff efficient. Stackry‘s preferred carriers are FedEx, DHL, and USPS and they all provide tracking facility as well. If you wish to know what users have to say, then do check the reviews on SiteJabber.
Use this link to get started with $10 shipping credit at Stackry.
2ShipIto, USA & Austria
Shipito is an extremely old and very popular parcel forwarding service. They give two addresses in USA and one in Europe. Each address has its own storage duration and associated fees. They give addresses in California (90 days free storage), Oregon (tax free and 90 days storage) and Austria (for European shipments, 90 days storage). All locations allow consolidation and special requests however the shipping speed is fastest for California (due to proximity with LAX airport) and has the lowest shipping rates. Shipping from Austria is cheaper though with Austria Post doing a very good job.
Their support varies from continent to continent. The support from Austria is great whereas support from US has room for improvement. Luckily for the US they have a contact number so you can give them a call and inquire about your parcel. Paid plan is reasonable at $50/yr and gives access to their tax free Oregon warehouse and consolidation service. They give 3 free pictures of the outside of the parcel and if you want content pictures then you have to pay $5. Their express processing fee is $5 and their personal shopper fee starts at $8.50. Shipito accept payments via credit cards, PayPal, bitcoin and wire transfer and ship via DHL, FedEx, USPS, TNT, boxberry, Austrian Post and a few others.
Shopfans gives two free addresses in the USA; one in Pennsylvania and another one in tax-free Delaware. Luckily there is no signup or monthly fee involved with Shopfans. Shopfans specialise via delivery regions i.e. Australia, Middle East (Saudia Arabia, UAE), Brazil, Russia, Japan and China. Each region has is own language hence for Pakistan, choose Australia so you can understand whats going on 😊. Shopfans provide a host of services and have a lengthy storage duration of 75 days. Their consolidation is free and other service fees are also reasonable.
Things that set Shopfans apart are picture quality, and their exceptional packaging ability. They use brand new boxes that are not reused boxes from Amazon or another store. Shopfans customer service is fairly good and always available.
Shopfans offers a variety of payment options. They accept PayPal, AliPay and credit cards. Their shipping methods vary by country and for Pakistan they ship via Airmail and USPS only.
Extra Perk: New signups get $10 when you contact their support via chat or email and give them code TechVise10 – You will get the credit applied to your account when you pay for your first shipment.
4Planet Express, USA
Planet Express is a relatively new service that we’ve used multiple times ourselves. They give an address in California, USA which has some taxes. To signup you need to deposit a small amount either via PayPal, Amazon Pay or Bank Transfer to get your suite id / address. This is to discourage phantom signups I suppose. Planet Express offers two plans; Free & Paid. The free plan doesn’t include consolidation and hence can only hold & send one package at a time. The paid plan costs $50/year or $10/mo. Both plans offer free storage days but the number of days is limited to 10 days for free plan and 30 days for paid plan.
They have services such as ‘shop for me’, special requests, photos, extra packaging, etc. You can tell the warehouse staff what to do with your parcels and they will take care of the rest. You can see their prices here. Planet Express accepts mail and magazines which is great if you’ve signed up for mail to be sent to a US address and want to ship those to Pakistan every other month. They ship via DHL, FedEx and USPS. Their USPS pricing is the cheapest we’ve ever seen and well worth the money. You can see their detailed pricing page and FAQ page before signing up.
We recently tested Opas and found it to be a good parcel forwarding company. They give a tax free address in Oregon, USA. They have three plans. The free plan is good enough for most people as it offers 30 days free storage and package consolidation. If you are a serious shopper and have multiple people in your household availing such a service, then you should consider their Premium plan that gives mail, discounted shipping rates and allows you to add multiple people to the same account. The premium plan costs $100/yr or $15/mo. OPAS has extremely reasonable rates when it comes to package consolidation and shipment. Their warehouse staff is very good and our parcel arrived in good condition with all instructions followed.
They currently accept all cards issued by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB. They also accept PayPal and ZipPay (Australia only). OPAS is a decent package forwarding service and possibly the cheapest mail forwarding service around.
As the name suggest, MyUS is a parcel forwarding service based out of Florida, USA. They provide a tax free that is unique to them (since Florida has taxes) so delivery to their address is cheap. At signup you have the option for free and paid accounts. The free account has no monthly fees however it only sends out one parcel at a time and lets you store packages for 5 days only. This is helpful if you shop from one store only and want to ship it to Pakistan immediately. Savings occur when you shop and consolidate multiple shipments into a single parcel though. For this, you’ll either need their premium plan at $7/mo or their premium plus mail plan at $20/mo.
Their customer service is quick and reliable, and their packaging is efficient. Paid plans give you 30 days storage and a number of services including free repackaging, free package consolidation, no charges for dimensional weight, and receiving mail etc. You can also ask them to inspect packages, split a package, return to sender, get photos etc. You can pay for their services via credit card, debit card, PayPal, check/money order and wire transfer. MyUS ships to Pakistan via DHL, FedEx and UPS.
Forward2Me gives a free UK address in Preston. They give 30 days of free storage space that you can extend if you speak to them first. They offer repackaging, consolidation, pictures, gift wrapping returns handline and personal shopper services. Their personal shopper service charges are £15 or 10% of the value of the goods, whichever is greater. They ship via DHL, TNT, Royal Mail and Parcel Force. They accept payments via PayPal, credit or debit card (Sage Pay), Bitcoin (BitPay) and bank transfer.
8My Germany, Germany
The name is fairly self explanatory gets you an address in Weimar, Germany, for a one-time registration fee of €1. You also get 30 days of free storage along with consulting services, concierge services, inspection, repackaging, customs declaration, drop shipments and discreet shipping services. 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.
A service based in Turkey, Yollando offers package forwarding services in two plans; free and paid. Both plans offer free consolidation, free repackaging and free images. The paid plan offers deeper discounts on shipping, give more storage days and give more forwarding addresses. The free plan gives 15 days of free storage while paid membership allows 60 days of free storage. Paid plan costs €7/Mo.
Yollando has 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 accept 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.
10TipTrans, Multiple Regions
TipTrans is a Chinese parcel forwarding service who offer addresses in five location; China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Germany and UK. TipTrans provides both personal and business services. They have three types of membership plans; Standard, Premium & Business Premium. All plans give addresses in five locations however the fees for shipping, consolidation, assisted purchase varies. Their other services include photos, repackaging, parcel inspection, special requests and express checkout.
They accept payments via PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Western Union and bank wire to Hong Kong, Germany or the Czech Republic. Their shipping methods include China Post, DHL, Hong Kong post, TNT, UPS, EMS, Aramex and a few others. TipsTans has an active and responsive online chat and email response team, making their customer support better than some other services on this list.
11Out Post SVC, Multiple Regions
OutPostSVC is a parcel and mail forwarding service that gives addresses in four regions; Texas, USA, UK, Russia and China. Their signup is free and there is no monthly charge. You get 45 days of free storage. You get one free picture per incoming package but if you want more, then you need to pay a small fee. Speaking of cost, they accept all major credit and debit cards. Alternatively, you can send money via wire transfer, money order or cheque.
They have a personal shopper service but the fee is 5% for online purchases and 7.5% for in-store purchases and you have to contact them first. They can be reached via online live chat, offline message and emails only. If or any reason you end up in a pickle, let us know in the comments below and we’ll give you their contact number.
12Shop And Ship, Multiple Regions
ShopandShip is package forwarding service powered by Aramex. They have a $45 signup fee against which they give fifteen shipping addresses all over the world! Unfortunately, ShopAndShip do not ship parcels everywhere; but to only 46 countries (though they claim to ship to 52 countries). There is no free storage because they don’t do consolidation; they ship items as they arrive. If you ship certain items, they give you $10 towards shipping. They give addresses in the US, the UK, China, Turkey, UAE, India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Singapore, Canada, and Malaysia.
There is no contact number to call for questions and clarifications (till you have signed-up). Alternatively, they are on Twitter, so please use the handle @shopandship (and you will find their email address mentioned there as well).
So, that’s our list of parcel and mail forwarding services for everyone who loves to shop from abroad and get items delivered in Pakistan. Have you used any parcel forwarding service that you are happy with? Mention the name and your experience with them in comments below and we’ll add them to the list after checking them out.