For those of you still wondering – we’d like to debunk the myth – there is no local store for Amazon New Zealand. Factually speaking, Amazon does not operate a chain of warehouses in the local region of New Zealand. As such, Amazon does not have a separate, dedicated website for the region. Although there have been rumors regarding the possible launch of Amazon NZ (amazon.co.nz), Amazon’s local presence in New Zealand does not appear to be in the near future.
Having said that, you would be fairly pleased to know that despite the absence of local and regional stores, Amazon does indeed provide shipping services to New Zealand from its international website. Amazon.com (Amazon USA) can be used by the people of New Zealand to purchase items, and they will be shipped to your country up to your doorstep.
However, you should keep note that you can only order items that are not restricted to shipment within the United States only. This can be viewed in the ‘Shipping Policies’ section on the products description page.
For most items in its inventory, Amazon USA serves international shoppers, including New Zealanders. The online web store takes orders from the NZ region, and delivers said orders to the country. For this purpose, Amazon has a very special, dedicated service called Amazon Global. Not only does Amazon Global sort all inventory items that are available for international delivery, it also takes care of all ordering and delivery procedures for the associated product until it reaches your doorstep.
Some Main Categories Of Products You Can Order From Amazon Global Include:
- Clothing, shoes and baby items
- Consumer electronics (Such as the Amazon Kindle)
- Health and personal care items
- Home and garden equipment
- Jewelry and watches
- Pet Supplies
- Tools and automotive accessories
- industrial and scientific goods
- Toys, sporting goods and video games
Click here to view a complete list of products available for international delivery in New Zealand.
Shipping Rates And Times
With Amazon, you really don’t need to worry about not getting the best price for your purchased items. In most cases, Amazon’s prices are much more competitive than any other major online store on the world-wide web.
As a general rule of thumb, the delivery cost depends upon the size and dimensions, the weight, and the nature of the products. There are also other factors which come into play when you go for international delivery. These may include customs fees and other taxes which are local to your country.
Shipping is of three types:
- Standard Shipping
- Expedited Shipping
- Priority Shipping
Standard Shipping consumes the most time, but is the cheapest, followed by Expedited Shipping, and the finally Priority Shipping, which is the costliest, but also the fastest. For New Zealand, Standard Shipping can take anywhere from 14 to 30 business days. Expedited Shipping can take from 5 to 10 business days, whereas Priority Shipping can normally take from a mere 3 to 6 business days. Please note the defining word ‘business’ – it does not take into account any national or public holidays that you may have in your country. Based on a personal experience, Amazon partners with DHL which handles the product’s clearance in customs office and local delivery.
For further details on Global Shipping Times, click here.
Here is a detailed list of the shipping rates for the Asia and Pacific Island’s region:
Standard Shipping (14 to 30 Business Days)
Expedited Shipping (5 to 10 Business Days)
Priority Shipping (3 to 6 Business Days)
For further details on Global Shipping Rates, click here.
In most cases involving small-sized items that are easier to pack together, Amazon groups different parcels together which are destined for delivery to the same location. These are multiple orders that have been combined into a single package. This reduces transportation costs, and in effect, makes the delivery charges cheaper. These conditions are usually applicable on items such as books, CDs, DVDs, VHS videotapes, music cassettes and vinyl of unusual size or weight – the generally smaller, less bulkier objects.
However, if your certain specified order cannot be handled in this way and it is too bulky to be packed together with other items, you may need to pay a certain surcharge fee, which will be finalized with Amazon Global before you place your order.
Here is a brief look at the surcharges for the heavier and bulkier items for the different shipping methods discussed above.
Customs Fees And Clearance
Please note that while Amazon Global will deal with all customs procedures for New Zealand on your behalf via its delivery service, you will need to pay for any customs duties that apply on your delivered package. This will also be noted to you before you finalize your purchase on the web store.
Advantages Of Purchasing Goods From Amazon
You may ask yourself – is there a significant advantage you get when you purchase an item from Amazon? Why even bother with the whole process when you can get your items from say, another online store, or maybe even a high-street retail outlet?
The answer is simple: you take advantage of a strong, international competitive marketplace. This enables you to purchase items at relatively cheaper prices. Secondly, the inventory of items on Amazon is astounding – it is quite possible that you will not find such a wide variety of items in any single place other than this web store. These two factors alone have made Amazon the preferred online web store for internet shoppers worldwide.
Importing items from USA to New Zealand
Among your purchases, you may find from time to time that certain items are not available for international shipping outside of the United States. In this case, you will need the services of Freight Forwarders like Shipito.com. These Freight Forwarders serve as intermediaries. They will first provide to you a United States street address where your orders will be shipped. From here, you ordered goods will then be forwarded to your address in New Zealand. For further details on how this works, you may want to visit Shipito.com. Good Luck!