Amazon Indonesia – A Detailed Guide for Indonesian on How to Shop At Amazon.Com

Amazon IndonesiaOnline Shopping is becoming more popular nowadays in Indonesia. Nevertheless, the local e-commerce in the country is not as developed as that in the western countries. Of course, when talking about online shopping, a common household brand comes in to play, that is, Amazon.com. Many believe that Amazon.com ships only in the United States. But hey! It also ships internationally, even in Indonesia.

How can Indonesians shop from Amazon.com notwithstanding the distance barrier? This article is devoted to show you how to shop on Amazon from Indonesia.

 

Shopping Through the Amazon Global Program

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“Amazon Global Program” is a package for international countries to shop on Amazon and get their items ship to their country. The program Amazon Global Program is dedicated for international countries outside the USA. There is a separate page in its online store where all the items that are available for international shipping and delivery are listed.

 

Browsing to 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.” While 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, check the “Product Details” just to be sure that the product can be shipped to Indonesia, and look for the phrase, “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.” on the product description page.

 

Amazon Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

The delivery rate and speed is an important factor to consider when shipping your items to Indonesia, your orders will arrive based on the shipping level and speed you choose. There are about 3 shipping method available for Indonesians.

Below are the current shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to Indonesia:

This is the basic shipping method and the cheapest among three shipping options. Using this method, you can expect your items to be shipped to Indonesia within 17-26 days. However, standard shipping is only accessible to limited categories of products.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, VHS videotapes $4.99 $4.99*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $4.99 $3.99*
**Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $4.99 $4.99
**Automotive, Computers, Electronics, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools $4.99 $3.49/lb
Shoes $4.99 $2.99/lb
Baby, Home, Luggage, Toys $5.99 $3.49/lb
Any combination of the above items $4.99 As above

This method is the second and is the most popular shipping option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time. The approximated shipping time to Indonesia is 5-10 days.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, VHS videotapes $13.99 $5.99*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $13.99 $3.99*
**Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $13.99 $4.99
Shoes $13.99 $4.49/lb
Kindle or Kindle Accessories $8.99 $2.99
**Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys $13.99 $3.49/lb
Luggage $17.99 $3.99/lb
Any combination of the above items $13.99 As above

The transit time for this option is 3-6 days. 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.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, Clothing Items, Jewelry, Shoes, Software, Watches, VHS videotapes, Video Games $29.99 $5.99*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $29.99 $3.99*
Shoes $29.99 $3.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Luggage, 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

 

 

Amazon Import fee deposit

For your order to be successfully processed there is an estimated (deposit) fee called Import Fee Deposit which you must pay. This fee is charged based on the customs law of Indonesia. 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 shortage.

 

Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery

There are some items that are not available to be shipped internationally. If you want the item badly, there is a way you can get them shipped to Indonesia using the service of “Freight Forwarder”.

 

How to go about it.

To understand what  freight forwarders: 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 to shop at an online store, and when order is shipped to this address, the company will then forward the item to your actual address.

Off all the available freight forwarding company, I can only recommend the service of Shipito.com, simply because they have proved to me to be the most reliable among them. It offer inexpensive fees. It charges a minimum fee of only $8.50 per shipment.

All you have to do is to create an account with them, make sure you choose the suitable plans among the  numerous plans for yourself. After your account is confirmed and set up, they will provide a distinctive street address of the USA. This address is what you will provide as your shipping address while shopping online. And 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. 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.

 

In Conclusion …

Amazon, being the largest online store in the world, could be beneficial to Indonesian who wishes to order some of Amazon’s items. The Amazon Global Program and Shipito is a great way to shop at Amazon. The cheaper prices, not only as compared to local retailers but also to other online stores, make Amazon a great online shopping option. If you want to try Amazon Global, here is the link. Enjoy Shopping!

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