If you love online shopping, then you've probably experienced being disappointed that the item you want is not available for shipping to Qatar. Well, this is where parcel or package forwarding services come in. These companies provide you with an address abroad, which you can use as your delivery address, and from there, they forward your package directly to you.
There are plenty of parcel-forwarding companies out there, so we narrowed it down to 4 choices, which are the most commonly used by residents in Qatar. These are:
|Rate per KG from US||Transit time from US facility||Membership Fee|
|CONNECTED||QR 69 + QR 20 (bayan fee)||5-8 working days||free lifetime|
|SHOP & SHIP||BASIC: QR 98; FLEX: QR 53 + QR 20 (bayan fee)||3-6 working days||45 USD (basic)|
|MYUS||QR 104.04||5-10 days||free single package|
|DHL EASYSHOP||QR 107.61||minimum of 4 days||free|
*rates are based on the forwarding company's shipping calculator on its website; transit times also based on information from respective websites
CONNECTED is Qatar Post's new eCommerce service that provides an international parcel forwarding service offering customers the advantage of shopping from the UK, US, and Singapore straight to the chosen delivery location.
You can sign up for free to get your own CONNECTED overseas shipping address by using your email address or Facebook account. After shopping and sending your purchase to your overseas address, you'll be notified by SMS or email that your package has already arrived at their warehouse. You'll then be asked to review your information for customs purposes (package content and value), update your options, or pay for shipment to release it. You'll receive your packages straight at your doorstep or one of its branches within 5 to 8 working days, according to CONNECTED.
S&S is an online shipping delivery service from Aramex. It's available in over 80 destinations globally and allows customers to shop from the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, and the USA.
S&S offers a lifetime membership in Basic and Flex packages. S&S also offers free S&S Protect for shipment up to USD 100. It has an app you can download.
MyUS was initially conceived as a means for expatriates to receive US catalogs and mail overseas. Fast forward 20 years, it now has 5,000,000+ members in 220 countries and territories. MyUS offers Premium, Single Package, and Business membership options. It also has an app that you can download.
The MyUS warehouse is located in Sarasota, Florida. Transit times from the MyUS facility to Qatar varies from 3 - 4 business days (express) to 5 - 10 business days (economy). You can choose which carrier you prefer - DHL, UPS, or USPS and how fast you would like to receive your packages in Qatar (regular or expedited shipping). MyUS then secures your discounted international shipping rates, efficiently repacks your purchases to save on shipping charges, and reships your purchases to your home in Qatar.
Shipping Calculator: https://www.myus.com/pricing/
DHL, a global leader in the logistics and shipping industry, has also a package forwarding service called EasyShop. Like the rest of the companies above, DHL's EasyShop forwards your packages to you once it reaches its facility. While they do offer consolidation like the other companies, DHL does not repack multiple packages into boxes; it only combines multiple orders into one tracking number.
DHL EasyShop details
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