Monday, November 18, 2019

Shopping on from Papua New Guinea

Amazon (.com, the flagship U.S. store) is a popular destination for Papua New Guinea's online shoppers. The American behemoth has the best product selection in the world, stocking and selling virtually every imaginable product from every brand and store you have —and haven't— heard of. But shipping to Papua New Guinea from Amazon USA is complicated.

Does Amazon ship to Papua New Guinea / Can you buy from Amazon in Papua New Guinea?

If Amazon won't ship to you in Papua New Guinea, Flycrates can order for you, then ship to you. Learn more

The short answer is: No - very few products ship to Papua New Guinea. About two thirds of Amazon stores (third-party sellers) that make up the bulk of merchants on Amazon don't ship internationally at all. So don't feel left out - every other country bar the U.S. is having trouble ordering US Amazon products and shipping internationally.

Why won't ship to Papua New Guinea?

The main reason is Customs. As you may have already experienced, getting products shipped through Customs in Papua New Guinea can take time, and money. If a friend or relative has sent you a package from abroad, it was likely held up, inspected, and subjected to import duty, which you then had to pay to have the package released and delivered to you. It's such a poor customer experience that many US stores and brands prefer to avoid it altogether.

The second reason is added complexity. Some products (electronic, for example), require local customizations to function in Papua New Guinea or comply with its regulations. Beyond the product itself, there's the added complexity of offering an international warranty, dealing with returns, and localisation of marketing, packaging materials, and after-sale support.

Then there's the shipping itself. To ship a product from US to Papua New Guinea, the shipper (the seller, not Amazon) needs to:

  • Fill out itemised customs documents with correct duty categorisations
  • Validate your Papua New Guinea address, which is formatted differently to US ones
  • Calculate, compare and offer you much higher international shipping costs
  • Offer detailed tracking that matches your domestic shopping experience
  • Support much longer delivery times, which can leave customers frustrat
(Note: Amazon's shipping restrictions page is incredibly unhelpful.)

Buying then shipping Amazon to Papua New Guinea

So, what to do if Amazon won't ship to Papua New Guinea? At Flycrates we do one thing only: shipping to you when Amazon won't. Thanks to the Flycrates cart system, you can order from in a few taps:
  • Fill your Flycrates crate with the items you want
  • View all shipping, tax and duty upfront – no hidden fees
  • Check out securely with any major debit or credit card, or bitcoin
  • View tracking and stay updated by email every step of the way
  • Your crate is delivered in days at any address or PO Box convenient to you

No signup, no virtual address, no hassles.

Paying on from Papua New Guinea accepts many payment methods but your card may be refused because of a Papua New Guinea billing address, or your card is not enabled or is prohibited from use in the USA. If this is a problem for you, please use Flycrates! We accept virtually all non-US cards. For security and peace of mind, card payments are processed by Stripe.

Amazon shipping times to Papua New Guinea

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