Amazon Hong Kong – A Detailed Guide on How to Shop At Amazon from Hong Kong

Amazon has been around for a while and is the world’s largest online store. It has several local stores in different countries. Too bad, Hong Kong does not have Amazon.com.hk or an Amazon Hong Kong. The good news is Amazon.com actually ships internationally. This guide is to show how

The Amazon Global Program (Your Amazon Hong Kong)

The “Amazon Global Program” is the program Amazon.com operates on your behalf to provide you: unique service and customs clearance, duty and tax estimation during checkout. Amazon.com is fit to take orders from international customers with this program and ship their item in most countries outside the U.S. including Hong Kong. Amazon has dedicated a separate page in its online store where all the items that are available for international shipping and delivery are listed.

Shopping 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.” (Image below)

Amazon Global International shipping

Several filters on the left column of the webpage will always appear when searching for items. You can then tick on the check box next to “Amazon Global Eligible” to sort all products available for international delivery, as shown on the image below.

Amazon Global sidebar

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 Hong Kong, and look for the phrase, “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.” this must appear on the product description page as shown in the image below.

Amazon Global product details

About The Shipping Rates And Times

An important factor to consider when shipping your items to Hong Kong is the delivery/shipping rate and speed, your orders will arrive based on the shipping level and speed you choose. The cost varies by item, shipment and shipping option. Your cost is calculated by adding the “Per shipment” cost and the “Per Item”. 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.

The following are the current shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to Hong Kong:

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: The second and the most popular shipping option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time. The approximated shipping time to Hong Kong 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: The third method. Transit time for this option is 3-5 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

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 & House wares, 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

“Import Fee Deposit” is another important thing to consider when shopping on Amazon.com from Hong Kong. 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: The fee is the responsibility of the importer and is charged based on the customs law of Hong Kong, 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 will charge the deficiency.

Buying Items Not Available For International Shipping Employing Freight Forwarder

It can be frustrating 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 solve this problem with Freight Forwarder.

 What are Freight Forwarding Companies?

Fundamentally freight forwarders are service companies that provide virtual USA shipping address to people shopping online and are not based in USA. The address they provide 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 Best Freight Forwarder do I recommend?

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 do they 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 Hong Kong 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.

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