How to Shop at Amazon from the Philippines

Amazon PhilippinesAmazon is the world’s largest online store. It has several local stores in different countries. Too bad, Philippines does not have Amazon.com.ph or an Amazon Philippines. The good news is Amazon.com actually ships internationally.

 

Amazon Global

To shop at Amazon.com from the Philippines, you simply have to go to Amazon Global which is located here. The Amazon Global is a program initiated by Amazon, Inc. to serve its international customers. At the Amazon Global page, all products listed at Amazon are filtered is such a way that only those available for international shipping will appear in the product search result.

 

Searching Amazon Products

Here are some reminders when searching Amazon products that can be shipped to the Philippines.

1. Go directly to Amazon Global page. You will notice that the search box filter is set to “International Shipping”.

Amazon Philippines

 

2. When searching products at Amazon, several filters appear on the left side of the screen. The filters include reviews, product categories, brands, and “International Shipping”. So aside from making sure that the search box filter is properly set, you can also tick the “AmazonGlobal Eligible” filter box on the sidebar as shown below.

Amazon.com.ph

 

3. There are also times when you are certain on what to buy and you are already viewing the specific product description page. To know whether the item can be shipped to the Philippines, “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S. must appear on the product detail section of the page as shown in the image below.

Amazon Philippines

 

Delivery Times and Rates

Now that you know how to search products available for International Shipping, you’re next concern must be about the delivery fees and transit time to the Philippines. When ordering at Amazon, make sure the combined price of the item and delivery fees is considerably lesser than the price of the item when you buy it locally.

Amazon offers three shipping options to the Philippines and other countries. The fees and transit time depends on your preferred shipping option, the category of the product and in certain cases, the weight of the product. Here are Amazon’s shipping methods fees and transit time to the Philippines.

The cheapest among all shipping methods is the “Standard Shipping”. However, this is only available for a limited class of products. Also, the shipping time ranges from 18 to 26 days. Here are the fees:

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, VHS videotapes $4.99 $4.99
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $4.99 $3.99
Shoes $4.99 $2.99/lb
Baby, Home, Luggage, Toys $5.99 $3.49/lb
Any combination of the above items $4.99 As above

If you want a faster shipping option and willing to pay a little more for it, then “Expedited Shipping” is the right one for you. Within 5 to 10 days, your orders will be delivered next to your doorstep. Here are the applicable rates:

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, Software, Video Games, VHS videotapes $13.99 $5.99
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $13.99 $3.99
Shoes $13.99 $4.49/lb
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
Luggage $17.99 $4.99/lb
Any combination of the above items $13.99 $As above

If you are in urgent need of your purchases at Amazon and you have extra money to pay for higher shipping fees, then, choose Priority Courier Shipping. The transit time for this option ranges from 3 to 6 days only. Here are the rates:

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, Clothing Items, Jewelry, Shoes, Software, Watches, VHS videotapes, Video Games $29.99 $5.99
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $29.99 $3.99
Shoes $29.99 $3.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Luggage, 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

 

Import Fee Deposit

During Check Out, you will also see a fee called “Import Fee Deposit” before you place your order. You are paying this fee so that your item will be cleared in the Customs Office. This will answer for the import fees charged by the Philippines for imported items. Note that these fees may not be the exact fees that will be collected by the Customs. If the fees actually charges is lower than the Import Fee Deposit, Amazon will issue a refund of the excess. If it’s the other way around, Amazon will charge the deficiency.

 

Conclusion

Amazon, being the largest online store in the world, could be beneficial to Filipinos who wish to order some of Amazon’s items. The Amazon Global Program 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!

 

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13 Comments
  1. Reply
    Pinoy Android March 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Really helpful post. I am bit scared to buy on Amazon Global but now I will give it a try.

    • Reply
      vijay kumar July 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Sir i want buy tablet pc from amazon but i want this tablet will deliver in Philippines and want payment from indian dabit card…..may its possible

      Reply me

  2. Reply
    Lornito Mahinay Jr July 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for the info! xD

  3. Reply
    ScaredofScam August 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

    has anyone in the Philippines tried to order? how was it?

  4. Reply
    nong des August 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I will try.

  5. Reply
    rower222 August 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    was able to order some costumes for my kids party and received it three days after! awesome….want to order another item which is bigger than costumes though

    • Reply
      Abigael September 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Hi, did you pay any charge aside from the payment you paid to Amazon?

  6. Reply
    V October 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Oh wow, finally! Thank you for the information 🙂

  7. Reply
    lovely January 25, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hi… I’m trying to purchase something at Amazon, but my payment’s keep getting declined… I tried to use BDO atm debit card and Metrobank prepaid card. What type of cards do you use?

    • Reply
      archeee January 26, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Any MasterCard or Visa Credit or Debit card is accepted. However, due to credit card fraud issues, Amazon is strict on approving payment. Either contact amzon or your bank to get approved.

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    Lowel bisenio July 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I want to buy a miniature tanker ship for my son project. How can it reach the Philippines

    • Reply
      Spotastore September 3, 2017 at 4:17 am

      Hi Lowel. The instructions above will show you how to buy and ship items from Amazon to Philippines.

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