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People are selling on Amazon from everywhere. And many of them source products from China. No one wants to bother to take the shipments home and resend to the Amazon FBA warehouse. It’s a waste of time and money. So, how to manage Amazon FBA Shipping?
The word FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon. The Amazon FBA works in a straightforward way i.e.
Amazon FBA follows an effortless and easily understandable working mechanism.
There are three ways you can ship your products from China to the Amazon FBA warehouse. If you are an Amazon seller who imports products from China, the first things you need to determine is the way of shipping your goods to Amazon and choose the most suitable way.
The first way is the direct shipping way which means that the product is directly sent from the supplier to the Amazon FBA. This is the most comfortable and most convenient way to use it as an importer. Other than that, if you compare it with the different two ways, this is the cheapest amongst all.
The other way or method is to ship your product first to your home because if you ship your product direct from the supplier to Amazon FBA, you will never be able to see it. This obviously gives you the advantage to check and make sure that you received the same quantity and quality.
If there are any defects or you are not satisfied with the quality, you will be able to fix this problem first before your customer purchases them. This way, you can be sure of not getting bad reviews from the customer, though this comes with a price and high transportation cost as well.
The third way is to ship via a prep service company. It is a 3rd party company that can help to handle customs clearance, transport the product to Amazon warehouse from supplier, conduct inspection, packaging & label the goods according to Amazon specifications.
There are American & Chinese prep service companies. The American prep service companies can help you in inspection & check damaged goods as well. In China, usually, the sourcing agent handles the role of prep service, and obviously, their price is quite reasonable in comparison.
To transport the goods from China to Amazon FBA in the USA, usually, there are four ways or modes of shipping that are available to you.
Express shipping is the most convenient and most comfortable way for the recipient. A person gets worry-free regarding import customs clearance; the chosen express service will handle all procedures. UPS, FedEx & DHL are a few examples.
It is no doubt one of the cheapest ways to send the products. But it also is one of the most complicated regarding the transportation of materials. It takes a lot of time for the product to reach its destination, but the advantage is that you can deliver products in volume.
The Airfreight delivery costs less than the express shipping way as it’s airport to airport. And one needs a professional freight forwarder to handle all the shipping and import procedures. It takes a little longer time than the express freight but is still much cheaper.
This is not a widely used way, and neither it’s a traditional shipping method. But it’s getting popular as it’s combined air shipping/sea shipping with local UPS delivery. This will save you some cost if you are not requiring fast delivery.
The products that are to be sent to Amazon need to be packed according to Amazon FBA requirements. You have to ensure that your supplier understands those requirements. The undamaged arrival of the goods and ready for intake to Amazon fulfillment centers needs to be taken care of.
There are certain restrictions regarding the size, weight, and material of the packaging box or carton. Let’s put it simply. Single carton weight should not be over 50 lb which is around 22.6kg. And the maximum length of the carton should be within 25in which is around 63.5cm. For oversized products, there are different requirements. Other than outer packaging, the product’s inner packaging is also essential in which the content, wrapping, and protection of the material are very important.
The right labeling of the product would allow Amazon to move your product rapidly, which will be available to sell faster and reach the customer quickly. Amazon requires an FBA shipping label, a scan-able barcode, and sometimes a warning sticker on the product.
After completing packaging and labeling requirements, one has to label the products. Your Chinese supplier can do the labeling. Normally, sellers get help from a professional organization or get help from a 3rd party label prep service company.