Sunday, October 30, 2011

Getting Amazon Kindle to Taiwan

If you love reading books - just like I do, you will be interested to order Kindle from Amazon sooner or later. The easiest way is to buy it online from yahoo seller, but you are risking getting a fake, stolen, or over expensive item. Second option is to order it directly from website (or your country Amazon site) and be delivered to you to Taiwan.

Process of ordering Kindle from Amazon is beautifully easy, and usually within 2 days you should get the kindle  to your home if not for Taiwanese customs. Here is how you can deal with with so your item can be released fast and without additional charge:
1. Once you get the tracking number from Amazon, observe where is your package. The moment it arrives to Taiwan, and UPS, Fedex or USPS website informs you that customs are processing it, give them a call right away and ask them to provide you the information where you can send the documents that they will request.

Now normally, Amazon provides all the invoices and documents that customs need to process, but for Kindle, somehow they make extra troubles.

2. Prepare a scan of your passport, Taiwanese ID (or Visa, if you have it)) and send it together with a signed form that customs will email you. The form will be in Chinese, but it basically says that you guarantee that the kindle that you import is not for sale but personal use. Send this form together with scans of your documents (sometimes they will ask you for proof of address, a bill will suffice.) The moment you send an email, give them a call and ask for a person that handled you (remember a name) and let him/her know that you already provided documents and ask nicely if they can rush it a bit.

3. You will get kindle without any further delay today or next business day.

One more thing, custom should not ask you for any payment, because it is covered by Amazon (you deposit money with Amazon at the time of purchase, and if they are not charged any custom fees, they refund it to your credit card.) Just let customs know that.

A year ago I ordered 2 Kindles and had problem with customs. I did not check my email and they kept the devices there for over a week, before I started calling them. Save yourself time and follow the steps above and you should get it fast.

International priority for Kindle from USA to Taiwan is about USD30.

3G service for Kindle DX is free in Taiwan and can be used across entire island.

You might also be interested in reading another article regarding bookstores in Taiwan clicking here.


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