Just before Christmas I ordered some Shimano swag from Merlin and shipped it here to Singapore. Seems they were the last hope, as all the other online players had locked out shipping to my destination.
Do be warned that some items Merlin ship are not in the same packaging you would see in a store, or even from other online dealers.
The cassette I ordered came in a plain corrugated cardboard box and the chain in a clear plastic bag. No sign of any ‘Shimano packaging’ however it is the real deal. I’m also about to pull the trigger on a Di2 upgrade kit, which I also expect will be packaged similarly.
Bottom line, the product is legit, the price is good and the shipping time reasonable