Amazon.com is known as the biggest online store in the world. Aside from its flagship US store, it also operates several local stores in different countries. The thing is Taiwan does not have an Amazon.com.tw or an Amazon Taiwan, for that matter, that specifically addresses the local needs of Taiwanese. All the same, the absence of Amazon Taiwan should not stop you from buying from this online store because Amazon.com can actually ship globally.
Below are the details by which you can shop at Amazon even if you are in Taiwan at the moment.
The Amazon Global Program
Amazon runs a program called “Amazon Global Program”. Through this, it is able to take orders from residents of international countries and ship the items purchased directly to them. There is a separate dedicated page in Amazon online store where all the items that are available for global shipment are listed. Here are some tips to make sure your chosen item is qualified for this program:
- From the link to the Amazon Global page, you will be automatically directed to the separate page where the search box filter is automatically set at “International Shipping.”
- Also, in the process of searching for items, several filters on the left column of the webpage will always appear. Make sure you check the box next to “Amazon Global Eligible” to sort all products available for international delivery.
- Finally, you also have to confirm that the items can be shipped to Taiwan by checking the product description page for the phrase “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.”.
Shipping/Delivery Times And Rates
The following are the shipping methods available for Taiwanese. The rates and transit time are listed below.
Standard Shipping, while available only to a limited range of products, is the most affordable method of shipping Amazon items. However, if you are too much concern about a faster transit time, this may not be the best option for you as it normally takes 18-32 days before the item gets shipped to Taiwan.
|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|
|Baby, Home, Luggage, Toys||$5.99||$3.49/lb|
|Any combination of the above items||$4.99||As above|
The second and the most popular shipping option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time is the Expedited Shipping Method. The approximated shipping time to Taiwan is 5-14 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|
|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|
|Any combination of the above items||$13.99||As above|
About the Import fee deposit
This fee is the responsibility of the importer (you, being the buyer) and is charged based on the prevailing law on customs of Taiwan. During Check Out, you will see an estimation of the Import Fees which you will have to pay Amazon along with the price of the item and the delivery charges. This Import Fee is only a deposit on what Amazon would like have to pay on your behalf once they process your items for customs clearance. In the event that the actual Import Fees are cheaper than the Import Fees Deposit collected by Amazon, the latter will automatically issue a refund of the difference. However, if the actual fees are greater than the estimated amount, Amazon will notify you of the deficiency and charge the same to you.
Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery
You will most likely experience that an item of your choice is not eligible for global shipping. Since the Amazon Global Program has only a limited range of items available, you might end up failing to purchase the item. To address this concern, Freight Forwarders are offering their services. These companies makes you shop anything in USA and they will be the one to ship it to your local address. In short, they act as a middle man for shipping purposes.
What they do and how to go about it
Freight Forwarders are service company that are specialized in providing you a unique USA shipping address (which they monitor) to shop online and finally forward the items to your own real address.
One forwarder I always recommend is Shipito not only because they are reliable but also they offer a range of plans at an affordable price tag.
How to use Shipito.com
First you have to register an account with Shipito. They will provide a distinctive USA street address. As soon as the account is confirmed and set up and once you receive the address, you can start shopping online in most stores in USA. Do remember that when shopping online, enter this virtual address as your shipping address and not your actual address in Taiwan.
Thereafter, you will have to request for the forwarding of your items from the company to your real address, after the company has notified you of your item’s arrival. Your orders may be delivered to your doorstep in as little as three (3) days depending on the clearance process and shipping method you prefer.
Amazon, being the largest online store in the world, could be beneficial to Taiwanese 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!
There you have it. 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.