Cheap Shipping to Qatar
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Qatar is a popular location to ship to from the USA as there is a large number of expats who reside there, so much so they outnumber the Qatari citizens. As of 2017, there were 313,000 Qataris compared to 2.3 million expatriates which drives the numbers of packages being sent by friends and families to loved ones who live in Doha and elsewhere.
DHL Qatar Rates
For those looking for the cheapest way to post a package to Qatar, DHL eCommerce is hard to beat. As a tracked mail service it is much cheaper than booking an express courier service, which does take longer to arrive but is great value for money for non-urgent packages.
You can book DHL eCommerce using our shipping calculator and then drop off at any USPS Post Office. From here it is mailed to the sorting centre in the US, shipped out to Qatar by DHL and delivered by Qatar Post Office.
When you book DHL eCommerce or any international delivery service, you should provide a working contact number for the recipient so the courier or Customs can make contact. In some locations, the recipient will need to collect the package from their local Post Office and you can share the Parcel Monkey shipment number with the recipient so they can view the Qatar Post Tracking.
Qatar FedEx Shipping
Urgent, high value or time sensitive packages should be shipped using an express delivery service such as International Drop Off or Pickup. These services, provided door to door by FedEx are ideal for important items as they come with a quick transit time of 2-5 days and are handled only by FedEx.
For a cheaper rate, book using the Parcel Monkey shipping calculator and drop off at your local FedEx store.
Qatar Post Office Delivery
The USPS services we offer using our shipping calculator are often very popular as Americans are used to shipping packages from the Post Office. We have a selection of USPS services to Qatar and packages sent this way are delivered by the Qatar Post Office.
In fact, all postal services within Qatar are provided by Q-Post, the government monopoly hence why USPS and DHL eCommerce packages come with Qatar Post Tracking.
Qatar online shopping and eCommerce
The Qatari population are switched on when it comes to using smartphones and and the internet. 85% of people use the internet and with a young population where two-thirds are aged between 15 - 44 it provides a huge opportunity for those who sell online.
There are some barriers to eCommerce, with credit cards not widely used and doubts in place about quality and fraud. Sellers from the U.S. should ensure products are being sold at a competitive price, that they are high quality and use trusted courier brands with full tracking for delivery. Local consumers are very price conscious and actively seek out sales and promotions too.
Customs advice for shipping to Qatar
Pork and pork products are illegal under Qatari law. Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are subject to a 100 % import duty.
In accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Customs Union, has approved exemptions for approximately 400 goods such as diplomatic and consular imports, military and security products, civilian aviation, personal effects and used household items.
Pork, pork products and pornographic material are illegal in Qatar. Military and security items are forbidden.