Shipping products is a large topic for sellers. Some Amazon business owners assume shipping goods a problem or potential issue, still, everything is better than it seems to be. There are freight forwarders who can make your FBA business easier. In this article, we’ll learn everything concerning shipping and freight forwarding.
The first challenge for every seller is finding out whether a product can be shipped to one of Amazon’s warehouses. There are several moments to pay attention to - prohibited cargos, hazmat products, etc. Sometimes, they check even packaging looking at whether it (or your products itself) is not copyrighted or trademarked.
If you have checked everything listed above and are sure that your product is freightable, let’s go further. Before contacting an Amazon FBA freight forwarder, you have to make some other moments clear.
Here are some rules that will save you money:
For example, the same order can cost $2000 by air and $800 by the ocean. If you include other charges, the difference might be even bigger.
While choosing the way of delivery, keep in mind your deadlines cause air freight are delivered in 8-10 business days, express air shipping can take you less than a week, but ocean freights can be shipped up to a month or more.
There is also an option of expedited freight, this is some kind of hybrid offered by some Amazon FBA freight forwarders, this means that you won’t pay a high price which you would pay for air delivery, but they will find more optimized routes of the ocean and land delivery for you.
When shipping products to Amazon with Amazon FBA freight forwarders, you need to bear in mind that additional pallets can increase the cost of air shipping, but fragile products can’t be transported without additional packaging. Use double boxes, add pallets, if that can help save your products.
On the cartons, the following should be written:
Your supplier and Amazon FBA freight forwarder will need additional information, which is not identified on the boxes or packaging:
After an Amazon FBA forwarder gets this information, they calculate the whole shipping cost and you decide whether to continue your cooperation.
Freight forwarders may offer insurance to Amazon FBA sellers. This is optional but you’ll be sure that if something happens to your order, you won’t lose a cent.
What happens when your order has reached the customs service? Your Amazon FBA freight forwarder is out of control here. These things are usually not included to forwarders’ services:
Still, they are not difficult to cope with. A forwarder can help you with a piece of advice, good forwarders usually support their clients till the end of shipping.
So, let’s recall all the things we said above and create our short ‘To do list’ for the FBA international shipping:
And we wish you good luck with your Amazon FBA freight forwarders and future product shipping!