With positive customer satisfaction result. Online shopping as become one major way of shopping for items. And this reason is why we have many stores online. Amazon.com is one of the online stores and is the world’s largest online store. With several local stores in different countries (i.e. Amazon.co.uk – dedicated for UK consumers). But unfortunately, Belgium does not have such store dedicated for Belgium consumers. Fortunately enough Amazon.com really delivers internationally and this content is dedicated to show you how.
Guides on how you can buy items at Amazon from Belgium:
Shopping Through The Amazon Global Program
The program “Amazon Global Program” is the program Amazon.com operates on your behalf to provide you: duty and tax estimation during checkout, unique service and customs clearance. With this program, Amazon.com is fit to take orders from Belgium consumers/customers and ship the orders. There is a separate page on Amazon dedicated where all the items that are available for international shipping and delivery are listed.
How to Search and Buy Through the Amazon Global Program
The link to the Amazon Global page will take you to the page where the search box filter is automatically set at “International Shipping.”
In the process of searching for items, several filters on the left column of the webpage will always appear. You can then tick on the check box next to “Amazon Global Eligible” to sort all products available for international delivery.
When you are sure of what you need to buy, look for the sentence, “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.” on the product description page, this tells you that the item can be shipped to Belgium.
Concerning the Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times
The delivery rate and speed is an important factor to consider when shipping your items to Belgium, your orders will arrive based on the shipping level and speed you choose. The cost to ship items from individual product section varies by item, shipment and shipping option. By adding the “Per shipment” cost and the “Per Item” cost is your cost calculated.
Below are the current shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to Belgium:
Standard Shipping: This is the basic shipping method and the cheapest among three shipping options. You can expect your items to be shipped to Belgium within 13-30 days. Though, standard shipping is only accessible to limited categories of products.
|Books, VHS videotapes||$3.99||$3.99*|
|CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl||$3.99||$2.49*|
|Any combination of the above items||$3.99||As above|
Expedited shipping: Because of its affordable rate and for a reasonable transit time this method is the second and the most popular shipment option. The approximated shipping time to Belgium is 8-14 days.
|Books, VHS videotapes||$6.99||$5.49*|
|CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl||$6.99||$2.99*|
|Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items||$6.99||$4.49|
|Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys||$6.99||$1.99/lb|
|Any combination of the above items||$6.99||As above|
Priority Courier shipping: As every premium option could be, this is the best option for those who are ready to spend more for delivery in order to receive their purchased items faster. The transit time for this option is 2-3 days.
|Software, Video Games, CDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl, Blu-ray, and DVD||$21.99||$2.99|
|VHS videotapes, Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items||$29.99||$5.99*|
|Automotive, Baby, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys||$29.99||$5.99/lb|
|Kindle or Kindle Accessories||$14.99||$5.99|
|Any combination of the above items||Highest Applicable per-shipment charge||As above|
Concerning the Import fee deposit
Another important thing when shopping on Amazon.com from Belgium is the “Import Fee Deposit”. Amazon has an estimated Import Fee Deposit applied to orders sent to Belgium. And this fee is your responsibility and is charged based on the customs law of Belgium, though the Customs may not collect the accurate fees. If the actual Import Fees are less than the Import Fees Deposit collected by Amazon, they will automatically issue a refund of the excess and if the fees are more than the estimated amount, Amazon always charge the deficiency.
At the same time as you’re placing your order, make sure that your item has an International Warranty that is valid in your region. Some warranties may be honored by a few manufacturers while some may not be considered valid. Also, make sure to check any rules and regulations that apply to your customs duties.
Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery
Yes it is possible to find that product you’ve longed for on Amazon, but unfortunately the item is not available for international delivery. Will you just let it go, NO! As there is always solution to every problem, you can address this problem with Freight Forwarder.
What can Freight Forwarding Service Companies do for you?
Basically freight forwarders are service companies that provide virtual USA shipping address to people shopping online and are not based in USA. They provide the address that can be used when ordering at an online store, and when order is shipped to this address, the company will then forward the item to your actual address.
Which is the Best Freight Forwarder?
A couple of freight forwarders have I personally used in the past but in my experience, Shipito.com has proved to me to be the most reliable among them. Not only does it provide reliable service, it offer inexpensive fees. It charges a minimum fee of only $8.50 per shipment.
How does Shipito work?
Freight forwarding services operate this way:
The link to shipito will take you to their page, and from there you create an account with them. There are numerous plans from a per shipment basis account to a premium monthly plan account.
As soon as the account is confirmed and set up, Shipito will provide a distinctive USA street address. Address will be specified during registration, for example: Suite # (box number) Torrance, CA 90503. You can start shopping online once you receive the address. Using the USA address as your shipping address is the most important while using this method?
Once your order as being processed the online store will now deliver it to your virtual address that being monitored by Shipito. You will be notified by the company as soon as the items arrive and you will be asked to initiate the shipping of the same from the USA address to your real address.
The company will show you several shipping options to Belgium during this process. The forwarding fees and the postage will be calculated. After the payment of these fees the item will be delivered to you.
You item may be delivered next to your doorsteps within as little as 3 days depending on the shipping option you choose and the clearance process in customs.
And that brings us to end of how to shop on Amazon from Belgium. I hope this guide has been somewhat helpful in creating for you, your own personal Amazon Belgium. And please don’t hesitate to share your own helpful information in the comment. One act of love is sharing; please do share with friends who need this guide.