According to the Amazon, international orders “qualification for free international shipping for qualified items of at least $ 49 USD and shipping to an Israeli address.”
A surprise for Israeli consumers, e-commerce giant Amazon on Monday introduced free international shipping to Israel to order eligible products and also unveiled a comprehensive Hebrew-language version of its website.
To urge consumers to display “free shipping to Israel”, Amazon stated that the international order “for free international shipping with at least $ 49 of eligible items and for shipping to an address in Israel Qualify. “
A large banner welcoming Israeli consumers read the top section of the website: “Now Available – Free Shipping to Israel.”
The retail giant’s shipping offering is likely to be temporary, though, over time, aiming to compete with the annual Chinese online shopping blitz on Monday and Black Friday sales on November 29, suggesting a single-day response.
Amazon will now enable users to use its global website in Hebrew, which will lead to a growing number of products offering descriptions and details in Hebrew. The website can already be viewed in seven languages, including English, Chinese, German and Korean.
Samir Kumar, the vice president of Amazon Exports and Expansion, said, “We are constantly innovating on behalf of our customers and with the launch today we are making the shopping experience even better and convenient for our Israeli customers and Hebrew speakers .”
“Customers requested to experience shopping in Hebrew with access to them and the items available for shipment in their local currency. Supporting Hebrew-language [site] and free shipping benefits to Israeli customers simplifies browsing, purchasing, and shipping of millions of items. “
International orders from Amazon will still be subject to local import laws and regulations. According to the individual import rules published by the Israel Tax Authority, there are currently no import duties for goods valued under $ 75. Individual imports of up to $ 500 may be subject to purchase tax and VAT.
Consignments with a total value of more than $ 500 are subject to all taxes except purchase tax where relevant.
Amazon officially began operations in Israel in September, providing local distribution to customers of several Israeli brands. The long-awaited website launch, initially in English, offered its local delivery schedule with inventory in Israel, offering standard shipping of three to five days transit time, or faster.
Even after the launch of the global Hebrew website, Israeli consumers logging on to the Amazon website are offered electronics, clothing, kitchen products, and other consumer goods by major local vendors. Buyers are also able to purchase local brands at prices listed in Shekel.
In order to ship products locally to Israeli customers, Amazon will enable sellers to deliver through their preferred carrier. To ship products to US customers, sellers will be able to use the company’s “Amazon Fulfillment” (FBA) program or handle international shipping on their own using the carrier of their choice.
Amazon announced last month that net sales rose 24% to $ 70 billion in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $ 56.6b. During the same period of the previous year.