The biggest advantage of shipping from China to Amazon directly is that it is much quicker and cheaper. You will normally save 1-2 weeks in transit time if shipping direct from China. You will also eliminate 3PL costs which are hundreds or thousands of dollars per shipment, depending on the size.

The biggest headache about shipping to Amazon directly is that, depending on your product type, there is a very good chance that Amazon will request your items to be shipped to multiple FCs (Fulfillment Centers). This is especially true for oversize items.

multiple amazon shipments

An example of a shipment being divided between multiple FCs.

You can determine if Amazon will want you to ship to multiple FCs by creating a shipment within Amazon (do not approve the shipment).

Why Multiple FCs and How to Avoid it?

Amazon typically requires you to ship to multiple FCs for oversize items and/or if you mix a shipment with items requiring prep/not requiring prep.

How do you avoid shipping to multiple FCs?

  • Avoid combining oversize and standard size items
  • Avoid combining shipments that need prep and don‚Äôt need prep
  • Turn inventory placement on
  • Use Amazon Dragon Boat (Amazon Global Logistics)

If you’re shipping oversize items, unfortunately, you are going to likely be stuck shipping to multiple FCs and it’s  hard to ship direct to Amazon without turning on inventory placement.

To turn on Inventory Placement, go to to Settings -> Fulfillment by Amazon. This will make all of your items go to one distribution center.

inventory-placement

Inventory Placement can be pricey: For non-oversize items, it’s $0.40 per item + $0.10 per pound over 2 lbs. For oversized items, it is $1.30 per item + $0.20 per pound over 5 lbs. You can only turn on Inventory Placement for some shipments: just turn on Inventory Placement, create the shipment, and then turn it off. Only those items will be charged the above fees.

Use the FBA Prep Service to ensure that your products are properly packaged and prepared for fulfillment. Correct packaging and prep helps to reduce delays in receiving time, protect your products while in Amazon fulfillment centers, and create a better customer experience. 

Important: Planned prep or labeling, as part of the FBA Prep Service or FBA Label Service, may delay full receipt of your shipment. However, unplanned prep or prep that is not part of the FBA Prep or Label Service may further delay complete receipt of your shipments by up to 48 hours.

Sign up for FBA Prep Service

  • For products that Amazon preps, you will be charged the applicable FBA Prep Service fees based on the services provided (see the table below). The prep services that we perform for your products are determined at Amazon‚Äôs sole discretion.
  • There are separate fees for standard-size and oversize products.
  • Your qualifying units may be divided into multiple shipments.
  • If Amazon preps your products, theFBA Label Service¬†may be included automatically for select products. You would then be charged the applicable per-item fee.

Enable FBA Prep Service

To enable the FBA Prep Service, follow these steps when creating your shipping plan:

  1. Select a product that you want Amazon to prep.
  2. Select Amazon in the Who Preps? field.

Select who labels the products

After determining who will prep the products, you can choose on the Label product tab whether Amazon or you will apply labels to each unit.

You can also choose who labels your products by default in your FBA settings. Changing the default does not affect previously created shipments or any label preferences you have defined for specific items.

FBA Prep Service fees

Per-unit fee Standard-size Oversize
Prep category* Prep Labeling Total Prep Labeling Total
Fragile/glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
$0.80 $0.30 $1.10 $1.60 $0.30 $1.90
Liquids
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.30** $0.50 to $0.80 $1.00 $0.30** $1.00 to $1.30
Apparel, fabric, plush, and textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.30** $0.50 to $0.80 $1.00 $0.30** $1.00 to $1.30
Baby products
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.30** $0.50 to $0.80 $1.00 $0.30** $1.00 to $1.30
Sharp
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
$0.80 $0.30 $1.10 $1.60 $0.30 $1.90
Small
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.30 $0.80 n/a n/a n/a
Adult
  • Bagging (black or opaque)
  • Labeling
$1.00 $0.30 $1.30 $2.00 $0.30 $2.30
Powders, pellets, and granular
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.30** $0.50 to $0.80 $1.00 $0.30** $1.00 to $1.30
Perforated packaging
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.30** $0.50 to $0.80 $1.00 $0.30** $1.00 to $1.30

 

*Amazon will eventually charge for these additional prep services: boxing, hanger removal, set creation, suffocation stickering, and set stickering.

¬†If you don't do this, Amazon will automatically give you ‚ÄúFC Lock‚ÄĚ meaning your shipments will go to only one Amazon warehouse. Enrolling in Amazon Global Logistics is normally reserved only for Chinese sellers.

 

Four Easy Steps to Ship Direct to Amazon Through Bargain Harolds

Step 1

Create your Amazon selling account, and login to Seller Central to set up FBA

Step 2

Purchase your product at Bargain Harolds. Create your product listings
Once you add your products to the Amazon catalog, specify FBA inventory. 

Step 3

Use the FBA Prep Service to ensure that your products are properly packaged and prepared for fulfillment. Correct package and prep helps to reduce delays in receiving time, protect your products while in Amazon fulfillment centers, and create a better customer experience.
Important: Planned prep or labeling, as part of the FBA Prep Service or FBA Label Service, may delay full receipt of your shipment. However, unplanned prep or prep that is not part of the FBA Prep or Label Service may further delay complete receipt of your shipments by up to 48 hours.

Choose who preps the products

Note: If you use Send to Amazon for shipments, visit Create shipment with Send to Amazon for prep and labeling information.

Step 4

Finally, register for our dropship arbitrage program click here. Already a member log in here
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