3 WAYS TO SHIP DIRECTLY FROM CHINA TO AMAZON FBA

A common mistake among inexperienced Amazon sellers is allowing the supplier to manage their shipment. At first glance it might seem easy as all you need to do is to tell your supplier to ship the cargo as CIF(Port fo Destination) or DDP(Delivered Duty Paid), and they'll do the rest.

The downside is that you likely will end up paying more than needed. Additionally you, won't be able to inspect your items before departure, which can end up being a costly experience.

In fact, there are better options for spending less money and time. In this post we have summarized the 3 most common ways to ship directly from China to Amazon FBA.


1. DO IT ALL INTERNALLY, FOR FULL CONTROL

This is more common among large corporations or societies with a larger number of companies. They book space directly with shipping lines, airlines, trucking companies and they manage Customs Declarations on both sides (the country of export and import).

The reason why smaller business don't do this is because the lack of scale, making it a more costly option then going with a consolidator. A consolidator is Freight forwarder that gathers shipments form many shippers to get a stronger position with the carriers when conducting price negotiations.

If you choose this option, you need to track and manage everything yourself. You need to liaise with the carriers yourself to get the info that you need to make this a pleasant experience.

If any issues arise at any of the ports, you'll need to take the right steps to avoid extra charges. This is usually a time sensitive affair and requires experience to deal with in a proper manner.

Your time is the most valuable asset of your business. When you work directly with a carrier, you need to put in the time, unless there’s a specialized department with professional crews in your company. Additionally you will not benefit from the huge discounts that large volume shippers have with Amazon partnered carriers.

We don’t think this is a viable option for small and medium enterprises. This can be time consuming and expensive


2. WORK WITH A FREIGHT FORWARDER IN YOUR COUNTRY, FOR CONVENIENCE

This is what some importers do, and it is the most convenient option. So what happens is this: small and medium companies try to work with a freight forwarder of the right size, who care about their business. But most of the forwarders don’t always have their own office in China nor do they have China based partners. They will therefore offer a Turnkey Solution and work as consultants rather than freight forwarders.

This is not a cheap option, but it can save time and reduce the hassle associated with option 1. 

3. WORK WITH A FREIGHT FORWARDER WITH CHINESE PARTNERS SPECIALIZED IN AMAZON's FBA PREP REQUIREMENTS

More and more importers are choosing this option. The advantage is speed and cost saving. The forwarder can keep close touch with your supplier, and keep you informed on everything. When challenges occur, your partner will solve that asap.

That’s what we are doing, and we’re good at it. Not only do we offer speed, but we also offer market leading rates. We have agents across China to handle inspection and prep services, before your products gets cleared and delivered directly from China to Amazon's warehouse.


NOTES

Whether you or your supplier manage the transportation, you should always source the logistics solution from a third party.

If you need assistance setting up your shipment, email us at support@fbatransport.com or visit our website to learn more about our Amazon Shipping Support services.




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3 comments

  • Hi. I want to know if it’s possible to send items to the Philippines?
    Thank you.

    Sunstar
  • Hello, i am interested in shipping around 200 pieces of a waterproof pouch case for phones. The measurements for one are 4.7 × 8.8 × 1 inches and 6.4 ounces. The supplier that i want to buy from is from China and this will be my first transaction with them so i am not sure that they can comply to the requirements for being stored in an Amazon warehouse. What would be the cost for you guys to check them and ship them in the USA?

    Alexandru
  • Hey, I was wondering if you guys could help me. It seems like my supplier excluded the import charges in their quote. Now they are telling me that the customs will take my goods unless I pay them a crazy amount. My supplier basically mislead me and now I’m stuck in a difficult spot. Is there anything you guys can do help me?

    Best regards,
    Joseph Mehageb

    Joseph

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