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The journey to the U.S.

After a long journey from your supplier to the U.S., your FBA shipment needs prep work and inspections before it is forwarded to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. A lot can happen on the freight over the Pacific, no matter your freight option. At River Source logistics we have received shipments on broken pallets, water-damaged boxes, broken boxes, over-sized boxes, un-palletized boxes, and more. If your Amazon shipment arrives damaged or non-compliant at Amazon’s fulfillment centers, you will be stacked to pay their high FBA fees to fix your shipment or complete an removal order and ship the inventory back, and, your Amazon Sellers account might be marked if you continuously send shipment that doesn’t meet the FBA compliance regulations.

To avoid the costly FBA warehousing fees, strikes against your Amazon seller account, and, the hassle of removal orders, Amazon sellers obtain FBA prep and warehousing services after the port of entry; before forwarding the shipment to Amazon.

Quick overview of a few FBA shipment compliance rules:

  • Shipments must arrive on 40-inch x 48-inch wooden pallets
  • Pallets cannot exceed 72-inch high
  • Content may not overhang more than 1-inch on each side of pallet
  • All pallets must be wrapped in clear plastic
  • Boxes may not exceed 50 lbs. without a “heavy lift label”
  • Boxes may not exceed 25-inch long without a ‘oversized label’
  • and more…

How to avoid non-compliance on FBA arrival

The best option is to find a third-party FBA prep facility close to your port of arrival that can check your Amazon shipment for FBA compliance. If you are shipping from Asia, your shipment is most likely arriving at Long Beach, Los Angeles. Third-party FBA logistics companies generally have lower prep fees than Amazon does and are able to offer you quick and reliable service.

Amazon’s FBA rules and regulations are long and extensive and by hiring an FBA warehousing service you can ensure that your shipment is FBA compliant before forwarding it to Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers.

Contact us today for a quote for your Amazon shipment.