As Amazon FBA continues to grow globally as an ecommerce platform and marketplace and more Amazon Fulfillment centers open up in different countries around the world, the volume of shipments from China to Amazon FBA warehouses continues to grow each year.
However, not just any shipping route can be used to handle shipments from China to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world. For example, if you went directly to DHL in China and asked them to ship to an Amazon FBA warehouse in the US for you, they would tell you that they are unable to do it.
Normal shipping routes do not have access to shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses. Only Amazon-approved couriers are authorized by Amazon to deliver to Amazon FBA warehouses. Furthermore, while Amazon will let you use their warehouse address as the delivery address, they will not act as the consignee and will not manage the customs clearance in the destination country for you or pay any customs duties on your behalf.
Even if you hire your own customs broker in the destination country, the customs broker may not necessarily have access to Amazon-approved delivery routes. They may be able to clear customs for you but they won't be able to deliver to the Amazon FBA warehouses which may leave your goods stuck at the port. Therefore, unless you're a freight forwarder yourself, trying to ship from China to Amazon FBA warehouses on your own can be very challenging, if not impossible and hiring your own customs broker may not help much at all.
The best, most reliable and most commonly used way to ship from China to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world is to use a China-based Freight Forwarder like CNXtrans which has access to air, sea and train shipping routes to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world that come inclusive of customs clearance, customs duties and delivery all the way to Amazon warehouses in the destination countries. This way, you will not even need to hire a customs broker.
Not only will CNXtrans handle customs clearance and customs duties on your behalf, CNXtrans also has partnerships with local couriers in countries around the world which have authorization and approval to deliver to Amazon FBA warehouses. This way, CNXtrans can handle the entire shipping process from China to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world for you on a door to door basis. This way, no customs broker is required.
CNXtrans ships thousands of packages to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world each year and is therefore familiar with all the Amazon packing and shipping requirements, more details of which can be found here. Before shipping, CNXtrans will double-check to ensure that your goods are packed in a manner that meets all of Amazon's requirements. If your suppliers did not pack them correctly, we will repack them accordingly for you. If your suppliers have not stuck on the Amazon barcodes onto your products or the Amazon FBA labels onto your packages, you can email the barcodes and labels to us and we will print them out and stick them onto your products and packages accordingly.
Before shipping out, CNXtrans will ensure that all your packages and goods are packed and labeled in the correct way so that they will not be rejected by Amazon FBA warehouses. For shipments from China to Amazon FBA warehouses in countries like USA, Canada, Australia and UAE, CNXtrans has access to both air and sea shipping routes that come inclusive of customs clearance and delivery all the way to the Amazon warehouses. For shipments from China to Amazon FBA warehouses in the UK and Europe, CNXtrans has access to air, sea and train (rail) shipping routes that come inclusive of customs clearance and delivery all the way to the Amazon warehouses.
Another thing that makes CNXtrans one of the best freight forwarders in China for shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world is the fact that it offers free warehousing, storage, repackaging and consolidation services at its warehouse in China. This is important because especially when you're buying from multiple factories in China, they will not all finish production at the same time. The factories themselves will charge you for storing goods at their warehouse and storage fees can be expensive if the goods take up a lot of space and have to be stored for some time. However CNXtrans will store all your goods at its China warehouse at no charge until goods from all your factories/suppliers have arrived at the CNXtrans warehouse and you’re ready to ship internationally to Amazon FBA warehouses or normal addresses around the world.
Therefore, in summary, no you will not need your own customs broker when shipping from China to Amazon FBA warehouses around the world. Hiring your own customs broker will not do much good because they typically will not have access to Amazon-approved shipping routes that can deliver all the way to the Amazon FBA warehouses. Rather, what you need is a China-based freight forwarder like CNXtrans which has access to Amazon approved door to door shipping routes that can manage the entire shipping process including customs clearance and delivery all the way to the Amazon warehouses for you.
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