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Amazon Global Logistics

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

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 fulfilment centre.

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 programme 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 will 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 three to five 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 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 fulfilment centre. These estimates also account for customs clearance

Mode Origin port in China Destination fulfilment centre Estimated transit time (days)
Air freight All All 7
Ocean (LCL) Yantian UK 42
Yantian Germany 42
Yantian France 42
Yantian Italy 42
Yantian Spain 42
Shanghai/Ningbo UK 48
Shanghai/Ningbo Germany 48
Shanghai/Ningbo France 48
Shanghai/Ningbo Italy 48
Shanghai/Ningbo Spain 48
All other UK 50
All other Germany 50
All other France 50
All other Italy 50
All other Spain 50
Ocean (FCL) Yantian UK 36
Yantian Germany 39
Yantian France 33
Yantian Italy 35
Shanghai/Ningbo UK 38
Shanghai/Ningbo Germany 41
Shanghai/Ningbo France 41
Shanghai/Ningbo Italy 32
Shanghai/Ningbo Spain 32 days
All other UK 44
All other Germany 44
All other France 40
All other Italy 40
All other Spain 40

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 organised 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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