It is a fact; we do not have an “Amazon Hungary” or an Amazon store that has a local presence in Hungary. Notwithstanding, there are at least three ways by which Hungarian can buy at Amazon even if you are in Hungary.
The ways you can shop for items at Amazon from Hungary (your Amazon Hungary)
1. By Through the Amazon Global Program;
2. Buy at Amazon.co.uk; and
3. Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery;
1. 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 Hungary. 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.”
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.
Finally in this section, 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 Hungary, 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 page.
About The Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times
Below are the current shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to Hungary:
Standard Shipping: This is the basic shipping method and the cheapest among three shipping options. Using this method, you can expect your items to be shipped to Hungary within 15-22 days. Though, standard shipping is only accessible to limited categories of products.
|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: This method is the second and is the most popular shipping option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time. The approximated shipping time to Hungary is 8-14 days.
|Books, VHS videotapes||$6.99||$5.49*|
|CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl||$6.99||$2.99*|
|Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items||$6.99||$4.49|
|Automotive, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys||$6.99||$1.99/lb|
|Any combination of the above items||$6.99||As above|
Priority Courier shipping: The transit time for this option is 3-6 days. 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.
|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*|
|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|
About The Import fee deposit
Another important thing when shopping on Amazon.com from Hungary 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).
Understand that this fee is the responsibility of the importer and is charged based on the customs law of Hungary, 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.
2. Buy at Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.co.uk is one of the several international stores which Amazon has. Like Amazon.com, Amazon UK has its own international delivery policy. It’s true; the UK store also accepts and delivers orders directly to Hungary as well as other countries. This is accomplished through its own “Amazon Global Programme.”
What Product are Available for International Delivery.
For Hungarians, Amazon UK delivers directly to Hungary a selection of products under the following categories:
- Home Improvement
- Lawn and Garden
- Musical Instruments
- Office Products
Cost of Delivery and Customs to Hungary
The delivery cost varies depending on the classification of the item, its weight, dimensions, and the shipping option you prefer. The shipping fees costs for as little as GBP 4.58. For full list of shipping options and fees, please visit this page.
The international delivery policy of Amazon UK is similar to that of Amazon.com. Amazon UK also charges import fee deposits during check out. Also, the method of searching products available for international delivery is similar to that of Amazon Global. Import Fee Deposits and Searching Products have been discussed above.
3. Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery
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 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 does it 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 Hungary 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 hope this information has been helpful in creating for you, your own personal Amazon Hungary. And please don’t hesitate to share this content and feel free to include helpful information in the comment.