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Amazon Global Logistics

Amazon Global Logistics helps you send your FBA inventory to Amazon fulfillment centers worldwide. You can ship from China to the US via ocean (full-container and less-than-container loads) and air. The program also offers shipping to the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

To use Amazon Global Logistics, create an FBA shipment as usual. Then you will generate cross-border documentation and pay for customs, duties, and related charges. You can track your shipment from its origin until it arrives at a fulfillment center.

For more information, see these Help topics:

Importer setup and customs compliance

Product compliance

Booking transportation

Using Send to Amazon to book transportation with Amazon Global Logistics

Value-added services

After you book: bill of lading, shipment tracking, changing a booking

Paying for Amazon Global Logistics

Claims and reimbursements

Restricted products and dangerous goods

Freight terms and program policies

How to get started

Create a Amazon Global Logistics profile by following the steps below. This will be your shipping account for imports into the US. (If you already have an account with Amazon Global Logistics, set up your profile by linking to that account.)

  1. Choose a payment method.
  2. Set up an importer of record (IOR), who will facilitate customs clearance.

When booking transportation with Amazon Global Logistics, you’ll also be asked to provide additional contacts for your shipment, including an exporter of record (EOR). For more information, see Step 4: Provide shipment contact details on Booking transportation with Amazon Global Logistics.

For step-by-step instructions on creating a profile, download Using Amazon Global Logistics in Seller Central in English or Chinese.

After creating your profile, you can book transportation within 3 to 5 business days by using the Send/Replenish Inventory workflow.

Air and ocean shipping

You can ship using air or ocean freight via Amazon Global Logistics. For ocean, you can choose either full-container load (FCL) or less-than-container load (LCL).

When you create an FBA shipment, the Ship from location will show the available shipping modes. Be sure to confirm that you want to ship with Amazon Global Logistics when creating your shipping plan. Once you confirm, complete your freight booking on the Book Transportation page or via the Send to Amazon workflow.

For more information, visit Booking transportation with Amazon Global Logistics and Using Send to Amazon to book transportation with Amazon Global Logistics.

Rates and typical transit times

Rates for Amazon Global Logistics vary by origin, destination, and weight. For a complete list of of rates, go to the Amazon Global Logistics portal. You can also get a quote for your shipment while booking transportation.

Transit times vary by origin, destination, and shipping mode (ocean or air). Below are estimates for the receipt of cargo at the point of origin to delivery at the destination fulfillment center. These estimates also account for customs clearance

Mode Origin port in China Destination fulfillment center Estimated transit time (days)
Air Shanghai/Guangzhou/Hong Kong/Shenzhen/Xiamen West Coast 7
Midwest 8
Standard ocean (LCL) Yantian/Shanghai/Ningbo/Xiamen West Coast 28
Yantian/Shanghai/Ningbo/Xiamen Midwest 35
Shenzhen/Shanghai/Xiamen/Qingdao/Ningbo/Tianjin West Coast 28-33
Shenzhen/Shanghai/Xiamen/Qingdao/Ningbo/Tianjin Midwest 35-40
Standard ocean (FCL) Yantian/Shanghai/Ningbo West Coast 25
Yantian/Shanghai/Ningbo Midwest 35
Shenzhen/Shanghai/Xiamen/Qingdao/Ningbo/Tianjin West Coast 25-30
Shenzhen/Shanghai/Xiamen/Qingdao/Ningbo/Tianjin Midwest 33-38
Fast ocean (LCL) Shanghai/Ningbo West Coast 15-22
Fast ocean (FCL) Shanghai/Ningbo West Coast 15-22

Streamlined inventory placement

With streamlined inventory placement, your sortable, non-sortable, and specialty products arrive at a single, fixed fulfillment center when they first reach the US. Streamlining reduces your fees and consolidates services.

If streamlined inventory placement is not an automatic part of your shipment workflow, contact us.

Fulfillment centers by cargo type

If delivery or processing is delayed at the fulfillment centers below, inventory might be sent to an alternate fulfillment center at no added cost to you.

Sortable (standard-size) cargo: ONT8/LGB8

Non-sortable (larger-size) cargo:

  • Standard non-sort: IND2/5, MDW6/9
  • Heavy bulky (extra-large and oversize): MDW8

Specialty cargo: SD8, ABE2/3

You can confirm which fulfillment center your inventory is shipping to each time you book transportation. Review the Ship to address at the top of the Book Transportation workflow.

Cargo type details

Sortable: Any product that measures 45.72 cm x 35.56 cm x 20.32 cm or less and weighs no more than 9.07 kg.

Heavy bulky: Any product with one or more of the conditions below.

  • The product weighs more than 23 kg per unit.
  • The length of one side exceeds 274 cm.
  • The circumference exceeds 419 cm.

Specialty: Includes clothing, jewelry, and shoes.

Service Provider Network (SPN)

The Service Provider Network (SPN) is a directory of services offered by third parties. The services listed are available to all Amazon sellers and are organized according to categories like Account Management, Accounting, Taxes, Storage, Training, and Translation.

China-based sellers seeking assistance with exporter of record (EOR) requirements may find services listed in SPN’s International Shipping category useful. Under Value Added Service on the left-hand side, select Customs Brokerage, and then review listings for EOR services. EOR service providers can assist sellers with EOR qualifications who prefer to use a third-party qualified EOR title. Some EOR service providers also offer value-added services like foreign exchange receipts, tax-refund services, transportation services, and consulting services.

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