Amazon Netherlands – How to Shop at Amazon from Netherlands

Amazon NetherlandsWithout a doubt, Amazon.com is the world’s largest online store. At the moment, Amazon has local presence in Germany, Canada, Japan, China, France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, India and Mexico. Netherlands, however, does not have a local Amazon store specially established for customers based in Netherlands. While Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de are conveniently accessible to them, it is also worthy to know that Amazon.com does ship internationally. This article is devoted for the know-hows of shopping at Amazon USA from Netherlands.

 

By Amazon Global Program

It’s good to explain what the Amazon Global Program is, so for you to understand what exactly is going on. “Amazon Global Program” is put up by the company to address the needs of its growing global customers. It processes international orders, including global delivery and customs clearance, duty and tax estimation during checkout. Through this program, one based in Netherlands is able to shop at Amazon.com and the latter can actually ship his order directly to his local address. Of course, not all items are eligible for this program. Keep on reading to learn whether an item is eligible for global shipping.

There is a separate page dedicated for the Amazon Global Program on Amazon where all the items that are available for international shipping and delivery are listed. Now, how to search and Buy through the Amazon Global program.

 

Search and Buy Through the Amazon Global Program

You will be brought to a page where the search box filter is automatically set at “International Shipping” through this link to the Amazon Global page.

And from the page you can search for the items you intend to order and send to Netherlands. While searching for items, you will see several filters located on the left sidebar of the web page. Locate “Amazon Global Eligible” and tick the check box next to it in order to sort all products available for international delivery.

Finally in this process, 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 Netherlands, and look for the sentence, “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.” This must appear on the product description.

 

About The Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

When shipping your items to Netherlands, the delivery rate and speed is an important factor to consider, because shipping could make your purchase more expensive or cheaper depending on what option you select. This finds significance in comparing the price of the item to the price of the same item which is locally available.

The cost to ship items from individual product classification to Netherlands varies by item, shipment and shipping option and by adding the “Per shipment” cost and the “Per Item” cost is your cost calculated.

Here are the current shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to Netherlands:

Standar Shipping is the basic shipping method and the cheapest among three shipping options. Using this method, you can expect your items to be shipped to Netherlands within 13-24 days. Though, standard shipping is only accessible to limited categories of products.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
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

The second and the most popular shipping option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time. The approximated shipping time to Netherlands is 18-14 days.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
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
Shoes $7.99 $3.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys $6.99 $1.99/lb
Luggage $13.99 $2.99/lb
Any combination of the above items $6.99 As above
The transit time for this option is 2-3 days. 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 $21.99 $8.99
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*
Shoes $29.99 $4.49/lb
Computers, Electronics $29.99 $2.99/lb
Luggage $29.99 $4.99/lb
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

 

 

About The Import fee deposit

Because you’ll be shipping from US to Netherlands, there is a fee called “Import Fee Deposit” that will be charged on your purchase. This deposit applies to orders sent to Non-USA Addresses.

The deposit is arrived by considering Netherlands’ customs law. Amazon will issue you a refund if in case the actual Import Fees are less than the Import Fees Deposit it collected. Of course, if the fees are greater than the deposit, Amazon will charge the difference.

 

How to Import Items Not Available For International Delivery

Yes, it is possible to find that the product you’ve longed for on Amazon (this happened in my case), but unluckily the item is not available to be shipped internationally. This problem is not without a solution. You can address this concern by availing the services of a Freight Forwarder.

Freight forwarders are basically service companies that provide virtual USA shipping address to non-US-based customers for online shopping purposes. 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 in Netherlands.

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 also offers inexpensive fees. It charges a minimum fee of only $8.50 per shipment.

 

How To Go Through the Process of Freight Forwarding

Below are the processes of how freight forwarder works:

  1. You register an account with a freight forwarding company, preferably, with Shipito . In the case of Shipito, there are quite a number of  plans from a per shipment basis account to a premium monthly plan account.
  2. After creating an account with Shipito, the latter will confirm your registration and a distinctive USA street address will then be provided specially for your own use.
  3. Once you receive the address, you can start shopping online. Key in this address as your Shipping Address when buying at your chosen online store.
  4. As soon as your order is delivered by the online store to your Shipito address, you will receive a notification of your order’s arrival in said address. Thereafter, you will be asked to initiate the shipping of the package from the Shipito address to your Netherlands address.
  5. The company will show you several shipping options to Netherlands during this process. The forwarding fees and the postage will be calculated. As soon as you pay these fees, the item will be delivered to you.
  6. The delivery to your actual address may take in as little as 3 days. However, should the customs clearance take longer than usual, the actual delivery may take a little longer. Of course, the shipping method you choose would have to be considered as well.

 

Warranty Issues

I will advice that before placing your orders, make sure that the item has an International Warranty that is valid in Netherlands. Some warranties may be honored by a few manufacturers while some may not be considered valid in the event the item is shipped out of the United States

I hope you find the information above useful. If you have any experience about Amazon shopping, please share it to us through the comment section. And, please share the article, if you think these guide will be of help to your friends.

2 Comments
  1. Reply
    ales January 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    If you see ‘Free Shipping’ at a product, is this free too from US to Netherlands??

    • Reply
      archeee January 26, 2015 at 7:18 am

      That’s Free shipping to USA

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