The short answer to that question is that it depends on the situation. But it’s not anything to worry about.
There’s a workaround that makes it possible to order from Alibaba and have the package shipped to South Africa. And the shipping rate is inexpensive.
How to Deliver Items from the Alibaba Online Store to South Africa
To ship items from Alibaba internationally, you’ll need a physical address located in the United States.
The United States address is where you’ll receive the items that you order from Alibaba.
But wait one minute! How is it possible to have an address in the United States when you don’t live there, and neither do your relatives?
United States companies called “freight forwarders” offer US addresses to foreign customers. The foreign customers then use these addresses for purposes of international shipping.
When you open an account with a freight forwarder, you receive a US-based address. You can then easily order from any US-based company by using your US address.
The Freight Forwarder which we would strongly recommend is called MyUS. They are reliable, affordable and unlike other Freight Forwarders, they do not charge extra taxes.
Since working with them, we have conveniently and inexpensively shipped many packages internationally.
Whether you buy products from Alibaba or another U.S.-based company, MyUS lets you conveniently ship them to your new physical U.S.-based address.
Buy Your Product(S) From the Alibaba Online Store
The process is really simple. When you’re filling in the delivery details on your online order, you’ll enter the address given to you by your Freight Forwarder.
Once your Freight Forwarder receives your package, they’ll box it up with any other orders that they may have for you and send them to your address in South Africa.
With MyUS, your Alibaba order could be with you in no time!