Amazon Halts Shipping To Israel And Suspends Non-Essential Shipments In Select Countries

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Update: Amazon has confirmed to me that the Israel free shipping program has been temporarily paused.

Amazon make a big splash when they started free shipping on $49 orders to Israel last year.

Unfortunately Amazon has killed free shipping and is restricting the shipment of most items to Israel.

That comes as international cargo rates have skyrocketed as airlines discontinue service due to coronavirus.

I’d assume this is a temporary measure and we’ll see its return when flights and cargo rates return to normal. I reached out to Amazon for comment.

The Verge notes that Amazon in some countries, like France and Italy, is now only shipping essentials.

While 3rd party sellers can still fulfill all items, Amazon warehouses there are only shipping essentials in those countries.

In the US, Amazon is focusing on essentials, but is still shipping non-essential items sold by Amazon. They have suspended the incoming fulfillment of non-essentials by 3rd party sellers, but those sellers can still ship directly to consumers. Amazon is also offering increased no-rush credit in exchange for accepting slower shipping speeds. They have also increased Prime fulfillment times on all items.

Hopefully Amazon will continue to be able to ship everything in the US. As more states ask people to stay home, websites like Amazon become more critical than ever.

HT: Ergel, via DDF

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Jack out of the Box

I made an order to Israel last week but I haven’t seen shipping notice yet. Will they still ship it?


This website is and they have no information about your order.

I recommend you contact amazon for information about your order.


Why do work yourself when you can entitledly ask someone else to do it?


I placed a few orders that were split into several different shipments a couple days before they stopped shipping. Slowly but surely my items have been shipping.

Jack out of the Box

Part 1 of my order finally shipped. With Israel Post.


Amazon showing delivery by April 21 in NYC for all items, anyone else seeing this?


Yes. Apparently this is applicable for USA as well


Yes, seeing the same.


Amazon now putting 30 day delays on most items in the USA

David R

At what point does it make sense to suspend our Prime memberships?


I say cancel Prime now or ask for a credit. Many of our friends use prime primarily for its original use, free two day shipping. Remember that Amazon has added many additional benefits which discourage cancelling. These might include free movies, free photo backup etc.