Amazon FBA: A Practical Shipping Guide for Importers: By Ron Berger

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Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) enables e-commerce companies to completely outsource storage and delivery of goods, domestically. Amazon applies a strict set of rules and procedures, to ensure this their massive operations runs smoothly.

Many questions about the logistics aspects of Amazon FBA is answered by Amazon themselves on their site. However, things get slightly more complicated for importers, facing the task of moving goods from a factory floor in China – to a fulfillment center in the United States or elsewhere.

There are many things to consider. Insurance, incoterms and packaging labeling. The lists goes on.

So we decided to an ask expert; Ron Berger, COO of Fleet, an online marketplace that connects shippers with freight forwarders and other logistics service providers.

In this article, Ron explains the entire process in a step by step manner. Keep reading, and learn more about packaging labeling requirements, customs procedures and how you can find an ‘Amazon FBA ready’ freight forwarder.

Ron, please tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Fleet

I am the COO at Fleet. With over 30 years of experience through different executive positions in the logistics industry, now at Fleet, together with the CEO and CTO, I develop the overall strategy and direction for the company. I oversee the daily operation, lead the processes that engage freight forwarders with our platform and curate the partnership with them.

As Fleet is a startup, I also do anything that needs to be done in the company: help out with marketing, sales, HR, phone, internet. Etc. And I also cut-up and recycle our inflow of Amazon boxes.

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Shipping Scams In China: How to Protect Your Business

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Shipping scams in China

During the last 6 months, we have received several reports from importers being defrauded by Chinese freight forwarding companies. Since mid August, the frequency of these shipping scam reports has increased rapidly. Thus, we decided it was time to issue a warning to our readers, and explain how you can best protect your business from scammers.

The scammers exploit the Bill of Lading

Let’s begin by introducing you to how the shipping process usually works, when no scammers are involved. Most importers buy according to FOB (Free on Board) terms, which means that their Chinese supplier takes care export clearance and delivery to the Port of Loading (e.g. Shanghai or Shenzhen). Continue reading Shipping Scams In China: How to Protect Your Business