Best Practices for Shipping Products With Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)

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As an Amazon seller, you want to maintain your reputation in all aspect of your business, from product quality to customer service, and product delivery. The majority of complaints about goods purchased online have to do with the promptness of their arrival and the condition of the products when they arrive. This makes it important for your business to pick a reliable amazon fba customs broker and freight forwarding company.

Whether you are new to Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) or a seasoned professional, you can strengthen your business and improve your customers’ experience. Below are the FBA seller best practices you must keep in mind:

Know the Documents Required for Importing your Products

Some products require certification and more documentation. It is important for sellers to research the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code of their product in advance to know the documents required for your product. Amazon reviews and approves these before importing.

Decide How to Send your Products

When importing products, you must pick how you want to ship your products from the supplier to the destination warehouse. Think about how much product you are shipping, how quickly they should reach their destination, and how much you want to spend to get the products there. Also, make sure to know the Incoterms you negotiated with your supplier and their impact on your shipment.

Establish a Shipment Plan

Your shipment plan in Amazon Seller Central will include choosing a “shipment from” address. This address refers to the destination warehouse from which your shipment will be picked up and delivered to an Amazon warehouse. Also, the plan includes picking the trucking method by which your products are transported from the destination port to the Amazon fulfillment centre.

Learn about Shipment Labelling, Packaging, and Palletising

Make sure shipment to Amazon has FNSKU Labels (unit-level label),pallet labels, and FBA carton labels. You can save time by having your supplier apply FBA carton labels at the origin. If not possible, ask the supplier to mark the cartons with the FNSKU. Keep in mind that Amazon tends to be very strict in terms of product palletising requirements. Ensure your products are palletised based on their specifications before shipping them.

Prepare for Customs

Customs examinations include X-ray, tailgate, and intensive exam. You can get through those exams by having an accurate and complete commercial invoice (CI) and documentation and certification required for importing products. Also, since product classification is important, you will need a customs broker to assist you.