Amazon fulfilment centres have requirements for the shipments that they receive, including the size of the pallets and the type of truck that can deliver to the fulfilment centre. The guidelines for how to send inventory to Amazon
provide the information that you need to prepare your shipment to an Amazon fulfilment centre. Paying attention to these requirements and best practices will help you avoid delays in delivering inventory to the fulfilment centre and your customers.
Note: There are differences between pallets in the United States, United Kingdom and European websites.
Organise the palletising of your deliveries before they arrive at the fulfilment centre, whenever possible. Amazon fulfilment centre will accept loose cargo shipments, but only if you request this in advance when you set up delivery in the fulfilment centre. Additional charges may apply if the loose cargo shipment requires extensive handling.
Make sure that your deliveries comply with Amazon's policies regarding inbound shipments. If Amazon refuses to accept your deliveries, you are responsible for removing them from the fulfilment centre. For shipments of less than half a pallet of loose boxes, weighing less than 15 kg each, it may be better to send the products via a courier service. The carrier that you choose may vary according to the destination country, as transportation services vary. If you decide to send your inventory to a fulfilment centre via a courier service, check with the carrier to verify that they can clear your products through customs based on the commercial invoice that you provide. If the carrier is unable to clear your goods based on the commercial invoice, you may need to contact a customs broker.
Logistics companies/customs brokers: There are numerous online resources that can help sellers determine rates and facilitate shipping. Below are some links to companies that some sellers have found useful. Please visit the websites directly to estimate the approximate delivery costs to expect when fulfilling orders from the Amazon marketplaces you would like to list on:First Choice Shipping
Samuel Shapiro: www.shapiro.com
Regional Express: www.regionalexpress.co.uk
We recommend that you contact your transport agent or service courier before delivering any inventory to find out your fees and requirements.