How to Ship Products from China to an Amazon FBA in the US?
The Ladingo Team
If you are an Amazon seller or thinking about starting an Amazon FBA business, you may be struggling to figure out how to ship your products from China to an Amazon FBA but aren’t sure where to start. If so, you have come to the right place. Here are some tips that will help you ship your products from China to an Amazon FBA.
Choose your products wisely
Before shipping to an Amazon FBA, you need to decide what products you are planning to sell. Choosing the right products is a crucial step for a successful Amazon business. First, Choose profitable items. You can use tools such as Jungle Scout and Helium 10 for this. Make sure you do not count only on the price you can set for the item, but calculate how much your final earning will be (after shipping, packing, marketing, and Amazon commission).
Second, check if the products you wish to sell are allowed in FBA. For example, liqueur, weapons, tobacco products, and so on, are prohibited. To avoid any issues, check Amazon updated regulations on their official website.
Also, don’t forget to check customs and taxes for the products you wish to sell before purchasing them. In some cases, the customs rate can be so high that it won’t be profitable to sell it. In that case, you will have to choose between selling the product at a higher price or lowering your income from it. You can find the customs rate on the official US HTS website, or you can use Ladingo to get a shipping quote with the customs rate estimation.
Pack and Label your Boxes Properly
After choosing the proper products, the next thing you must do before shipping is to make sure to pack and label them properly according to Amazon FBA requirements. For example, do not place labels on a seam or opening on the box or any other place where they might be damaged when the box is opened. Both labels must be scannable and readable so keep them uncovered. The full instructions are found on Amazon seller central. Improper packing or labeling can cause rejection by the FBA, so be conscious of these rules.
Save Money on Shipping by Choosing LCL (Less Than Container Load) Shipments.
Now that your products are ready, all is left to do is to ship your goods to an Amazon FBA. For cost-effective shipping, choose to ship your goods in a less than container load (LCL) shipment. With this method, you share the container with other people’s items, resulting in lower prices for both of you. Search for carriers that offer LCL shipping directly from China to FBA.
To make shipping to Amazon FBA even easier, use Ladingo! Simple, free-to-use software for shipping LCLs directly from China to FBAs around the US. With Ladingo you can get quotes and book shipments online with just a few clicks and you can track your shipments at any time. Ladingo integrates with Amazon marketplace to save you unnecessary extra work.
Be Aware of Supply Chain Disruptions and be Prepared for Them
Throughout the year there are peak times and shutdowns you should be aware of and be prepared for, such as Chinese New Year, Black Friday, etc. However, since the Covid-19 outbreak, the world is facing global supply chain disruptions such as a rise in prices, container shortages, port conjunctions, and so on. You can prevent your store from being out of stock by being aware of the situation and planning early.
One way you can save time is to use automated software such as Ladingo to get quotes and book shipments. Just by using Ladingo, you can save days of waiting for quotes from freight forwarders, while with Ladingo, you can get a quote immediately from the system and book your shipment directly.