Amazon Fulfilment Centres have specific requirements for incoming shipments, such as the size of the pallets and the type of truck that can deliver to the fulfilment centre. The guidelines on how to ship inventory to Amazon
provide the information that you need to prepare your shipment to an Amazon Fulfilment Centre. By paying attention to these requirements and best practices, you can avoid delays when moving your inventory to the fulfilment centre and delivering products to customers.
Please note: There are differences between the pallets used in the United States, the United Kingdom and European marketplaces.
Arrange for your shipments to be palletised before their arrival at the fulfilment centre whenever possible. Amazon Fulfilment Centres will accept container shipments, but only if you request this in advance when arranging the shipment to the fulfilment centre. Additional charges may apply if shipping by container involves extensive handling.
Make sure that your shipments comply with Amazon's policies for inbound shipments. If Amazon refuses to accept your shipment, you must remove it from the Fulfilment Centre. For shipments that are less than half a pallet of loose boxes, with each weighing less than 15 kg, it could be better to entrust the shipment of the products to a carrier. The choice of carrier may depend on the destination country, as carrier services vary. If you decide to ship your inventory to a fulfilment centre using a carrier, you must ensure that the carrier can clear the goods through customs using the sales invoice that you provide. If the carrier is unable to clear the goods through customs using the sales invoice, you may need to use a customs broker.
Logistics companies/customs brokers: There are also many online resources to help sellers determine rates and simplify shipping operations. Below are the links to a number of companies that some sellers have found helpful. Visit these websites first, so that you can calculate the approximate shipping costs for fulfilling orders from the Amazon marketplaces where you wish to publish your listing.First Choice Shipping
: www.firstchoiceship.comSamuel Shapiro
: www.fedex.comRegional Express
We recommend that you contact your freight forwarder or carrier in advance, before shipping any inventory, to get an idea of the rates and requirements.