Amazon Switzerland – The Resource for Shopping at Amazon.com from Switzerland

Because of the reputation (in size and service), you’ll want to order your next items from the Amazon store. The problem is you don’t know if Amazon can ship these items to Switzerland. Well it’s because of you we’ve gone through the whole process and outline how to go about it below, just keep reading.

Outline:

Shopping on Amazon through The Global Program

Information on Amazon Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

Information on Amazon Import fee deposit

Available Payment methods

Advantages of Shopping from Amazon

Importing Items Not Available For International Delivery

Shopping on Amazon through The Global Program

A program tagged the “Amazon Global Program” is a program Amazon.com makes use of to provide you unique service (which include custom clearance, duty and tax estimation), and to ship to international countries like Switzerland. Amazon has dedicated a separate page in its online store where all the items that are available for international shipping and delivery are listed.

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

While 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.

Lastly in this process, after searching and concluding on what to purchase, you have to confirm if the item is available for international shipping by checking the ‘Product Details’.

Information on Amazon Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

There are about 3 shipping method available. Below are the current shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to Switzerland:

Standard Shipping: The basic shipping method and the cheapest options. Using this method, you can expect your items to be shipped to Switzerland within 13-26 days. But, 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

 

Expedited shipping: The second and the most popular shipping option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time. The approximated shipping time to Switzerland is 8-19 days.

Product Category

Per Shipment

Per Item

Books, VHS videotapes $9.99 $5.49*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $9.99 $2.99*
Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $12.99 $4.49
Shoes $14.99 $4.49/lb
Automotive $12.99 $2.49/lb
Toys, Pets $12.99 $4.49/lb
Electronics, Home, Computers $12.99 $3.49/lb
Personal Care, Sports $12.99 $3.99/lb
Kitchen $12.99 $2.99/lb
Baby $12.99 $3.99/lb
Luggage $14.99 $5.99/lb
Any combination of the above items $12.99 As above

 

Priority Expedited shipping: 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

 

Information on Amazon Import fee deposit

Now, we all know there are certain laws in each country to obey before making any move. Import Fee Deposit is one, Fees are charged based on customs law of Switzerland and it is your responsibility as the buyer to pay this fee before your order can be successfully processed. You don’t have to worry about the calculations, there is an estimated Import Fee Deposit applied to orders sent to you.

Available Payments Methods

At the moment, buyers based in Switzerland can make use of the following payment methods to pay for items at Amazon Global.

  1. Amazon Payments Stored Balance,
  2. Amazon.com Gift Card Claim Codes,
  3. Amazon.com Gift Cards,
  4. American Express,
  5. Diners Club (US billing address only),
  6. Discover,
  7. Eurocard,
  8. JCB,
  9. MasterCard,
  10. Payment from your checking account,
  11. The Amazon Store Card.
  12. Visa Check Cards, and
  13. Visa,

Advantages of Shopping from Amazon

There are of course many advantage, but, a major advantage of visiting Amazon Global for shopping is that it provides a tremendously huge range of goods that you can view online. Being the largest online store, you have a large inventory of items that you can browse through – all within the comfort of your own home.

Importing Items Not Available For International Delivery

Now, this part is a frustrating point for many individuals when they finally find a needed item but its not available for international shipment. As there is always solution to every problem, you can address this problem with Freight Forwarder.

 What is and what can Freight Forwarders do for you? They are service companies that provide you a (virtual) USA shipping address. Their service and this address can then be used to order for goods online.

Before going to deep, I must tell you that I myself have employed their service in the past and the only one I appreciate, love their service and respect for their excellent service is shipito.com. Freight Forwarders services is a legal means to ship items to Switzerland without breaking any law or something and below is their fundamentals:

(Shipito for example) Going to the link shipito you first have to create an account of course, there are numerous plans available but you’ll have to choose the one that suits your purpose. After this you will be provide the virtual address.

Now, the most important thing is to make use of the virtual address while shopping. And what shipito will do is to then contact you as soon as your items arrive (they know because they monitor the address). All you have to do here is to request for the shipping of the item by them, and it can arrive within 3 days depending on your account type. Though there is an affordable fee attached to all their service, but you be amazed as to how their service can help you.

Right now, its shopping time. I hope you find the guide helpful. If you have any experience about Amazon shopping, please share it through the comment section. Also, if you know this info will be of value to your friends, please share the article (sharing is an act of love).

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