How to ship FBA goods
Depending on the volume, weight and urgency of your goods we can help you decide how to ship your goods providing you with the quickest and most cost-effective mode of transport. In general terms, if you are shipping anything up to 15 cubic metres, you will want to send your cargo as an LCL sea shipment. If it’s above that FCL may be more cost-effective. The best way to be certain is to contact us as shipping rates can be seasonal and the above guidelines are not always set in stone.
How to customs clear your cargo in the UK
Getting your goods cleared through customs need not be daunting, our team can guide you through the process, so you can get straight to selling your goods. While we will guide you through the process and provide you with all the customs paperwork at the end, we do need some information from you to begin the process.
We require the following details:
- Full company details
- VAT Number
- EORI Number
- Commercial invoice/packing list
- Commodity code
Once customs receive payment of the DUTY and VAT and any holds have been removed, customs will clear the cargo ready for collection of the goods.
How to Prepare your goods for Amazon Delivery
At first glance, Amazon’s shipping requirements to send your products to an Amazon Fulfillment Centre can seem complicated and overwhelming. To ensure everything runs smoothly with your shipment, it is important that you prepare and label your products in accordance with Amazon’s guidelines. If not, Amazon may decline receipt of your shipment as it arrives at their Fulfillment Centres. Below, you will find what you need to know.
When you are registering your products on your Amazon Seller Account, Amazon provides you with a detailed guide for products that require special packaging and prep directly online.
The list of special prep categories include:
Whether you are selling baby products, liquids, or fragile items, Amazon has guidelines for everything. FBA Preparation video tutorials can be found on the Amazon Cellar Central pages.
Labelling & barcode requirements
All products sent to Amazon FBA must contain a single, scannable, correct barcode in order for the Fulfillment Centres to identify and register them as they arrive. If Amazon cannot read your product’s barcode, they are likely to encounter problems such as determining what your item is, who it belongs to, or where it has to go. Applying this label properly will ensure that the correct unit is received and that your inventory is accounted for.
Amazon FBA distinguishes between products you have to label yourself and products which already contain an eligible manufacturer barcode. The latter they refer to as ‘Stickerless, Commingled Inventory’, and are thus products you can send to Amazon Fulfillment Centres without having to label them first. In the following we will clarify your two barcode options for shipping to FBA:
- Use existing Manufacturer barcodes (for qualifying products only)
- Print Amazon barcodes/labels from your Amazon Seller Account
Stickerless, Commingled Inventory
Some products qualify to use the manufacturer barcode, and if your barcode preference is set for this, the manufacturer barcode will be used to identify and track your inventory throughout the Amazon fulfilment process. Do note that when you opt for this option your products will be commingled with other sellers’ items of the same products.
In practice, this means that if a customer buys one of your products, Amazon will ship the product that is available nearest to the specific customer – even if it is not ‘your’ products, i.e. you did not send this particular product to the Fulfillment Centre it is taken from. In a case like this, Amazon will assign an equivalent product from your inventory to the seller whose product was used to fulfil the customer’s order, and you will, of course, get the payment for the sale as per usual.
How to deliver to Amazon
Scheduling appointments to deliver your products successfully at Amazon must also follow certain guidelines. You must fill in the Booking Form and specify the requested information, such as the number of pallets and cartons, and PO number, which is your Amazon Reference ID. When you have filled in the Booking Form, you forward it to your carrier, who is then to contact the appointed Fulfillment Centre and set up the delivery appointment. Along with the PO number, the carrier must also provide a PRO number and a Bill of Lading (B/L) number.
Your designated carrier must request a delivery appointment at least 24 hours in advance for all inbound deliveries. Should you choose to use Uneek Forwarding for you FBA delivery, we will, of course, handle these arrangements on your behalf.
Due to the fact that Amazon requires FBA shipments to be delivered at very specific times – sometimes late in the evening and with very narrow time slots – this can lead to delays in the initial transit time that we present to you. Uneek Forwarding, like any other carrier, cannot contact Amazon to schedule a delivery appointment until the goods arrive at the freight forwarder’s warehouse in the destination country, and the time slot that Amazon gives can potentially be a few days after your products have arrived here.
Finally, It is required that all palletized deliveries are made on a lorry of minimum 7.5 ton. This to ensure that the lorry is able to reverse up to the loading dock and to allow a powered pallet truck to access the rear of the lorry. Private vehicles like cars, vans, and pickups will be rejected.
Just let us know which items need to be delivered to which Amazon warehouse and we can advise the most cost effective and time efficient way to get there, whether that be by the pallet or by the carton.
How to Book
To request a quotation from us is simple, please see our quotation page via the button on this page or send us an email or give us a call on +44 (0) 20 8984 0425