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New Zealand Shipping Suspension

The world of international shipping continues to grow more difficult. As of October 1, the US Postal Service has halted acceptance of international package shipments to New Zeleand, due to COVID-19-related service disruptions at the destination. The same suspension was applied to Australia on September 3, so BMOW is now unable to make direct shipments to customers in either country. I had hoped this would be only a brief disruption while the countries’ post offices worked on mitigating COVID-19 impacts. But with Australia’s suspension already stretching to more than a month, my hopes for a quick resolution are dimming.

One bit of good news is that Australia Post’s ShopMate service is still working. It’s a package-forwarding service for Australian residents who are buying products from vendors in the USA. ShopMate provides you with a USA address, so BMOW and other vendors in the USA can make a regular domestic shipment and you pay them the domestic shipping rate. Then ShopMate repackages the shipment and dispatches it to your home in Australia, in return for an additional fee. A few BMOW customers have already tried buying through ShopMate during the past month, and reported that it worked. I’m not aware of a similar forwarding service for New Zealand, but if I find one, I’ll report it here.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Morgan - October 4th, 2021 6:30 pm

    Yay! NZ gets a mention! (reads article). Oh.

  2. Tedster - October 5th, 2021 5:12 pm

    NZ Post’s Youshop service allows drop shipping from the US to New Zealand addresses.

    It’s available via links on their website.

  3. Morgan - October 5th, 2021 8:22 pm

    I’d ‘just’ ordered a FloppyEmu but a moment after USPS closed off to NZ. Fortunately, the team at BMOW can also ship to NZ via DHL, it’s a bit more expensive, but not end of the world these days (considering the mess that logistics is in currently).

  4. Tedster - October 5th, 2021 8:44 pm

    I’d recommend DHL over Youshop! Turnaround of freight forwarding via NZ Post is not the greatest – but is useful when the shipper can only do domestic freight.

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