Amazon Thailand – Shopping At Amazon from Thailand

Online shopping is one major way of shopping for items. Amazon has been around for a while and is the world’s largest online store. It has several local stores in different countries i.e. Amazon.co.uk – dedicated for UK consumers. But unluckily, Thailand does not have such store dedicated for Thailand consumers. Nevertheless, the absence of Amazon Thailand should not stop you from buying from this great store, and fortunately Amazon.com actually ships internationally and this article is dedicated to show you how.

Guides on how you can buy items at Amazon from Thailand:

Advantages of Buying At Amazon

The Amazon Global Program

Search and Buy Through the Amazon Global Program

About The Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

About The Import fee deposit

Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery Using Freight Forwarder

Advantages of Buying At Amazon

Of all the online stores why would you want to purchase your items on Amazon.com? Well the major advantage of visiting Amazon Global for Amazon Thailand shopping is that it provides a tremendously huge variety of goods that you can view online. Amazon Global is one of the world’s largest stores and thus you have a large inventory of items that you can browse through – all within the comfort of your own home.

Amazon.com is one of the most trusted online stores over the world-wide web. So whether it be Amazon Thailand shopping or any other region for that matter – you don’t have to fear getting scammed online and losing your precious credit card details.

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 international consumers/customers and ship these in most countries (about 55 countries) outside the U.S. including Thailand. Amazon has dedicated a separate page in its online store where all the items that are available for international shipping and delivery are listed.

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.

And 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 Thailand, 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

The delivery rate and speed is an important factor to consider when shipping your items to Thailand, your orders will arrive based on the shipping level and speed you choose. The cost to ship items from individual product section to Thailand varies by item, shipment and shipping option. By adding the “Per shipment” cost and the “Per Item” cost is your cost calculated. In the case of item listed as terms of price per pound, check the weight on the item’s detail page to get the cost of  “Per item” cost.

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

Standard Shipping: This is the basic shipping method and the cheapest among three shipping options. You can expect your items to be shipped to New Zealand within 18-32 days. Though, standard shipping is only accessible to limited categories of products.

 

Product Category

Per Shipment

Per Item

Apparel, Beauty, Shoes $3.99 $1.49
Loose Stones, Jewelry, Video Games & Accessories, $3.99 $0.99
Software, Watches $3.49 $0.99
Books $3.00 $0.99
Kindle $3.99 $2.99
Cassettes, DVDs, Blu-ray, VHS Videos, Music CDs, Vinyl $2.99 $0.99
Video Game Consoles $6.99 $0.99
Toys $3.99 $0.85/lb
Pet Supplies, Office Products, Automotive $4.99 $0.59/lb
Any combination of the above items Highest applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

Expedited shipping: Because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time this method is the second and the most popular shipment option. The approximated shipping time to Thailand is 5-12 days.

 

Product Category

Per Shipment

Per Item

Apparels $7.99 $1.99
Beauty $6.99 $1.99
Luggage $7.99 $0.59/lb
Video Games & Accessories $5.99 $1.99
Video Game Consoles $12.49 $1.99
Books, VHS videos $10.99 $1.99
Kindle and Kindle Accessories $10.99 $2.99
Cassettes, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music CDs, Vinyl $6.99 $1.99
Sports $11.99 $0.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Cell Phones & Accessories, Electronics, Grocery, Home & Garden, Outdoor Living, Pet Supplies, Toys $10.99 $0.99/lb
Health & Personal Care, Office Products, Tools & Hardware $9.99 $0.99/lb
Amazon.com Gift Cards $0.00 $0.00
Any combination of the above items Highest applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

Priority Expedited 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 3-5 days.

 

Product Category

Per Shipment

Per Item

Apparel, Jewelry, Watches, Shoes $13.99 $4.99
Beauty, Books, Loose Stones, Software, $14.99 $4.99
Luggage $13.99 $0.99/lb
Cassettes, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music CDs, Vinyl $9.99 $3.99
Video Games & Accessories $8.99 $1.99
Video Game Consoles $13.49 $4.99
Toys, Sports $18.99 $1.99/lb
Kindle $16.99 $3.99
Automotive, Cell Phones & Accessories, Furniture, Grocery, Home & Garden, Industrial & Scientific, Kitchen & Housewares, Pet Supplies, Tools & Hardware $17.99 $1.99/lb
Office Products, Electronics $16.99 $1.99/lb
Amazon.com Gift Cards $0.00 $0.00
Any combination of the above items Highest applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

About The Import fee deposit

Another important thing when shopping on Amazon.com from Thailand is the “Import Fee Deposit”. Amazon has an estimated Import Fee Deposit applied to orders sent to eligible countries thru Priority International Shipping (via Expedited or Standard International Shipping).

PS: This fee is the responsibility of the importer and is charged based on the customs law of Thailand, 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.

Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery Using Freight Forwarder

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 the process work?

Freight forwarding services operate this way:

  • You create an account with a freight forwarding company (recommended: Shipito). In the case of Shipito, 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. The address will look like this: Your name (address will be specified during registration) 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 Thailand 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.

I believe this guide has been somewhat helpful in creating for you, your own personal Amazon Thailand. And please don’t hesitate to share your own helpful information in the comment. Sharing is an act of love; please share with friends who need this guide.

1 Comment
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    Manoj Kumar Rana February 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I would like to buy canon dslr 70D,,but i don’t have credit card ho i pay.Is it available payment on delivery at phuket Thaiand.Waiting for kind information.Thanks

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