Step 1: Create an Aramex Global Shopper account
Remember the discount code for a $35 discount. A big thanks to One Large Prawn for that.
Visit the Aramex Global Shopper signup page.
You’re greeted with the following page…
Add your details to this page. It should look something like this…
On this page you add your physical address. This is where Aramex sends the package to. Add an office or home address, whichever suits you.
You’ll notice a check box with the text, “Protect your shipment with AGS Protect”. This is optional for shipments over $100 in value. There is no fee for packages below the $100 threshold. You can select it if you wish, or activate it later.
I tried to choose PayPal as a payment option, but it didn’t work. It took me to the PayPal sandbox page, which means that PayPal isn’t set up yet. I emailed them about this and they confirmed my suspicion.
Choose the ‘Credit Card / Cheque Card’ option.
Add your details and enter the promo code, AGS10OLP (valid until June 2017), for a $35 discount. This is what it looks like…
Click on checkout.
You’re taken through the rigmarole of payment. Once this is done your account is live.
More than 15 global shipping addresses
Aramex Global Shopper gives you 17 global addresses:
- Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
- Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
- Frankfurt (Germany)
- Hong Kong (China)
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- London (England)
- Milan (Italy)
- Mumbai (India)
- New York (United States of America)
- Ontario (Canada)
- Paris (France)
- Shanghai (China)
- South Korea
- Tokyo (Japan)
For the purpose of this post I’m interested in the USA address. I want to order a set of Narex chisels from Amazon.
Let’s do that quickly.
Step 2: Add your Aramex address to your Amazon account
You should have already set up your Amazon account with your personal details, including payment details.
If you’ve set up a South African shipping address, this is your default address. You need to add Aramex’s USA address and make that your default address.
Here’s how you do that…
Visit your Amazon address page at amazon.com/gp/css/account/address/view.html.
Click on the ‘Enter a new address’ button.
Complete the form and click the ‘Save & Add Payment Method’ button.
This is what it should look like…
If you’re struggling to add your address, visit this page: aramexglobalshopper.com/en/about/how-to-use/US (must be logged in to view content).
Trouble adding Aramex’s address
I had trouble adding the address. I removed a dash between some numbers in ‘Address line 1’ and it worked fine. You’ll have to play around to see what works.
I had the Aramex address set up as my default Amazon address, but removed it for the purpose of showing you in this post how to add it.
The problem is, Amazon didn’t want to accept the NY address the second time around.
I’m on Google Chrome, and Chrome saves my address details in the browser. I had to remove the Aramex address from Chrome for Amazon to accept any changes.
To do this (obviously you’re in Chrome), visit chrome://settings/.
Click on ‘Show advanced settings…’ at the bottom of the page.
Scroll down to the ‘Passwords and forms’ heading.
Click on ‘Manage Autofill settings’.
Hover over the New York address and you’ll notice a cross appear at the right-hand side of the address line.
Click on the cross to remove the address.
Now go back to the Amazon page and click on ‘Save & Add Payment Method’.
On the next page you choose your billing address. I chose the New York address.
You’re redirected back to your address page. This is what it looks like…
Underneath your new American address, click on ‘Click here’ where it says ‘Click here to make this your default shipping address, including 1-Click and gifting.’
You now need to add a payment method.
To the right of your American address is a box which states that there is no payment method associated with your address.
Click on the ‘Edit’ button below that.
Add your credit or debit card details and choose your billing address.
Your payment method should now be added to your New York address.
Placing your order on Amazon
Let’s order some chisels.
I added the Narex chisels to my cart and proceeded to checkout.
The order is placed in ZAR, which is great. Shows you what you’re actually paying.
My ‘Review your order’ page looks as follows…
And this is what it looks like when you’ve place the order…
It’s hurry up and wait now, while the package is shipped to Aramex’s New York address.
Amazon, always the gentleman, sends regular updates about your order.
Step 3: upload your invoice to your Aramex account
Once your package arrives at Aramex, they send you an email stating that you need to upload an invoice to your account for custom clearance.
The email contains details about your order, such as weight and airway bill number.
You have five days to upload your invoice, else you might incur fines or penalties, according to Aramex.
Visit your Amazon account.
Navigate to your orders page.
Click on ‘Order Details’.
Click on the ‘View or Print invoice button’.
You’re greeted with a printable Amazon invoice.
On this page, click the ‘Print this page for your records’ link at the top.
You want to print this invoice in PDF format. Chrome makes this easy, since it allows you to print to PDF from the print screen. Not sure which browser you’re using, but it might be completely different for you.
The importance is that you need a PDF (or JPG or PNG) version of your invoice.
So I’ll go ahead and print to PDF and save it to my desktop. I don’t think you need to name it anything special.
To upload your invoice, open your Aramex account in a browser. Go to the ‘My Packages’ tab.
Click on the relevant Shipment NO link.
You’re presented with a Shipment History section.
You’ll also notice a JPG image attachment. This is a photo of your package.
At the bottom of the screen, click on the ‘Browse…’ button.
Choose the Amazon PDF invoice and click the ‘Upload’ button.
The Amazon invoice is now on Aramex’s server and there’s a link to it at the bottom of the page.
Step 4: pay Aramex
Next, Aramex sends you an email asking you to pay the shipping charges. In my case it was R274.00.
Here’s what the email looks like…
Visit your Aramex account, click on the number under ‘Shipment NO’ under your ‘My Packages’ tab in your account.
You’re presented with a tracking page with all of the info regarding your order neatly displayed in tabular fashion.
Click on the ‘Pay now’ button.
Now choose a payment method (PayPal, debit card, credit card or Visa Checkout)…
If payment was successful, you’re redirected to a payment confirmation page with details about your order…
You’ll also receive an email confirming that payment was successful…
Additional charges might apply. I can’t give you much details on this since global shipping and delivery is still a blurry subject to me. Just be aware that duties might apply to your order.