Amazon is the biggest and most popular online marketplace in the world. There’s about nothing you cannot purchase on Amazon. The platform’s founder, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world.
Although Amazon operates globally, most Nigerians do not make use of it. This is because the majority of sellers on Amazon are foreigners hence, there is a need for international shipping from their country to Nigeria.
Not all sellers ship to Nigeria and this makes things difficult for buyers who reside here. If you’re interested in purchasing a product from Amazon and you want to know if it can be shipped to Nigeria, I’ll be showing you how you can find out.
Factors that affect Amazon shipping to Nigeria
First of all, you should understand that Amazon itself doesn’t determine if a particular product will ship to Nigeria. It depends on the seller.
If you’re purchasing from top brands like Apple, Samsung, Versace, D&G, etc, who we know have a staunch international presence, there’s a high possibility that they’ll ship to Nigeria. Most Amazon sellers who don’t ship to Nigeria mainly have a local presence in their region.
Another factor that determines if a product can be shipped to Nigeria or not is the product type. For example, sellers won’t ship perishable goods to Nigeria as they could spoil before they get delivered. Also, explosives won’t be shipped.
Checking if Amazon ships to Nigeria
To check if a particular product on Amazon will ship to Nigeria is simple. When you load the product page, you’ll see the notice by default as the website reads your IP address and knows where you are browsing from.
If the product cannot be shipped to Nigeria, you will see a notice that reads “This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location. Please choose a different delivery location”.
If the product can be shipped to Nigeria, there’ll be no notice and instead, you’ll see the expected delivery date.
Some of these sellers have their individual online stores. If you’re really in need of a particular product and it’s not available for shipping, you can visit them and check out their shipping terms.
Contact them and discuss the possibility of them shipping to Nigeria, you could come to a special agreement.
If you check and the seller ships to Nigeria, then you can go ahead and place your order. Otherwise, you’ll have to look for an alternative.
You have to be informed of how long it’ll take the product to arrive here. Typically, international delivery takes nothing less than 3 days and could run into weeks or even months.
If you can’t wait that long for the product to arrive, you can use our local online marketplaces like Jumia, Jiji, Konga, etc.
Also, note that international shipping fees can be very expensive, even more than what you pay for the actual product and you might have to pay for certain clearance when the goods reach Nigerian borders.