You can ship your goods to FBA center from your warehouse in the U.S. or directly from your supplier overseas.
If you have your goods on-hand, you can ship it to FBA with any carrier as long as you can provide Amazon with tracking numbers. you would like to ship your goods directly to Amazon from your overseas supplier, keep in mind that:
- You must import under your own Importer of Record. Amazon will not act as your IOR. This means you are liable and responsible for any costs, risks, and compliance associated with your products.
- You must import into the U.S. and arrange for all freight, customs clearance, and duties paid up to Amazon’s receipt of your packages. In other words, you need to ship on DDP (Delivered Duties Paid) terms of sale.
- Amazon may be the “ultimate consignee” on shipping documents as long as Amazon is listed as the “care of (c/o)” party, i.e.:
[Your Importer of Record entity’s legal name] c/o FBA
[Amazon’s warehouse address]
For every shipment you send to Amazon, you need to include a Bill of Lading (BOL) along with the shipment and provide this to your carrier.
Bills of lading should include the following details:
- Amazon reference ID and shipment ID (found in the Summary page of your shipment workflow)
- Seller name
- Seller address
- Legal name of seller
- Carrier name and SCAC code
- Carrier’s shipping reference number
- Unit quantity and quantity type (pallets, boxes, cartons, etc.)
- Markings (container seal number)
Freight forwarder will need to request a delivery appointment with the Amazon warehouse prior to delivery and they will need the BOL information to do so. Failure to present BOL information could lead to delays or – worse – the warehouse could refuse to receive the shipment altogether.
The most common errors that Amazon encounters when people ship their inventory to their warehouses involve:
- Mislabeling: the product doesn’t match the product label
- Missing label: the product wasn’t labeled with the Amazon product label at all
- Barcode unreadable: the label was placed on a curve or corner and cannot be scanned, or the barcode is not clear
- Shipping requirements issues: any of the above shipping guidelines was not followed, impeding the warehouse staff from properly receiving your products
Make sure to follow Amazon’s instructions! They are there for a reason – to make sure that Amazon can organize your inventory for you so that you can sell your products.