Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has just rolled out a new shopping tool designed to make it easier for overseas customers to buy items from its U.S. website.
In a statement, the online retailer revealed that its new international shopping feature gives customers from “over a hundred countries” the opportunity to buy more than 45 million products from the United States and have them shipped directly to their homes across the world. The new service is available on mobile browsers and the company’s shopping app for both iOS and Android devices, which is free to download.
Amazon said that items can be purchased in 25 different currencies and that its international shopping tool can be accessed in five languages, including Spanish, English, simplified Chinese, Brazilian, Portuguese and German. More languages and currencies are set to be added later this year.
As part of the company’s new service, customers will be presented with different shipping options and delivery speeds when placing an order. Amazon confirmed that the international shopping feature will display pricing, shipping costs and import duty estimates and added that its own staff will manage courier services and customs clearance to avoid complications. Previously international customers had to look at the U.S. website and check if individual products were eligible for shipping.
“With today’s launch, we are making the shopping experience on mobile devices even better and more convenient for our customers who live outside the U.S.,” Samir Kumar, vice president of Amazon Exports and Expansion, said in the statement. “Customers have been asking for a way to easily find and shop only for products available to be shipped to them. The International Shopping experience solves this customer need and makes it simple to browse, shop and ship more than 45 million products to over a hundred countries around the world.” (See also: Trump Orders Review of Postal Service Following Amazon Criticism.)
The press release also added that customers in Hong Kong can enjoy free shipping on orders over $100 for shoes and clothing. (See also: Walmart Overhauls Website to Take on Amazon.)