DISCOVER 2 WAYS YOU CAN SHIP YOUR PRODUCT TO AMAZON AND START SELLING TODAY!
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You’ve done your research, shopped around and found a supplier for your product. The next step is to get that product into Amazon’s hands so that you can start selling. One of the huge benefits of getting Amazon to fulfil your orders is that you never have to have any stock on you. No building a new room to store everything, no giving up your much-needed space. But how do you ensure your product arrives in the fastest and the most cost-effective way possible? After all, we have to keep those profit margins as high as possible.
You Have Two Options Available To You:
1. Using The Freight Forwarder Your Supplier Recommends
2. Using A Freight Forwarder Of Your Own Choosing.
WHAT IS FREIGHT FORWARDING?
As a first-time importer, you may be wondering exactly what freight forwarding is and how it works. There is often plenty of confusion over the difference between a freight forwarder and a transportation company, so here it is:
Transportation is when your goods are moved from point A to point B. This could be through train, car, rail, etc.
Freight forwarding includes the optimisation of this movement. This usually involves extra services, such as custom clearance, package consolidation, multiple modes of transport and so on, depending on your needs and budget.
When it comes to international shipping, there are so many different processes and people involved. Freight forwarders specialise in ensuring all these services connect to streamline the process for you. Your freight forwarder will take on responsibility from start to finish of your product’s journey, with a charge that covers everything in-between, so your product arrives safely at its destination.
Here Are Just A Few Things You Can Expect A Freight Forwarder To Handle:
- Sourcing the ideal route for your shipment, including transit times.
- Organising the best mode/modes of transport.
- Sourcing a competitive rate for your shipment.
- Complying with regulations and customs.
EXACTLY! WHY YOU NEED TO GET THIS PROCESS RIGHT!
It’s a given – you want to ensure your products end up in at their destination. But choosing the right freight forwarder can make or break you.
If you don’t have someone who knows what they are doing with a broad network of logistics to call up on, your products can end up lost, stuck in transit, or delayed for months, which can be detrimental for your business.
Your freight forwarder should be considered a long-term business partner. They will understand your exact needs and offer a high level of service that you can rely on. As your business grows, you will rely on your freight forwarder more and more.
WHICH WAY TO GO?
It is up to you to decide how your products are going to make it to their destination. Of course, there are pros and cons to both options, so be sure to weigh up which one works best for your business and makes the most sense when it comes to your profit margins.
As you would expect, this is the slower option. It can take from 20-30 days, so this needs to be factored into your decision. It could mean delaying the opening of your store and make this slower to get up and running. On the plus side, this option is a lot more cost-effective, keeping your profit margins as high as possible.
The fast option! Pop it on a plane and watch it reach your destination as quickly as possible. Sounds great, right?! But, naturally, the costs are much higher for this one, so make sure you consider whether you can afford the extra money.
Either way – your products are going to reach Amazon (assuming you have chosen a great freight forwarder). Don’t stress over this decision. It simply comes down to the profits you are left with at the end of the day. Do the calculations and work out which option is best for you.
DDP vs DDU
DELIVERY DUTY PAID (DDP)
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This delivery agreement is where you as the owner pay all costs associated with shipping the products, such as shipping, import and export duties, insurance and any other expenses that could arise before reaching Amazon.
DELIVERY DUTY UNPAID(DDU)
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This delivery agreement is where it is up to the buyer to pay for the import duties. Of course, in this scenario there is no buyer, and we can guarantee Amazon isn’t going to foot this bill for you, which is why it is so important you use the first option.
It ensures the delivery goes ahead without any hiccups and isn’t returned once it reaches its destination.
This delivery agreement is where it is up to the buyer to pay for the import duties. Of course, in this scenario there is no buyer, and we can guarantee Amazon isn’t going to foot this bill for you, which is why it is so important you use the first option. It ensures the delivery goes ahead without any hiccups and isn’t returned once it reaches its destination.
Supplier Freight Forwarder
This is often the safest option for you to choose when it comes to getting your products delivered to Amazon. However, it’s not without its down sides. Suppliers often keep some profit in freight forwarding as well, so you are likely to end up paying more.
At the same time, it has so many benefits to offer:
- Less hassle: you will save so much time shopping around for your own freight forwarder.
- Less delays: by choosing a trusted freight forwarder, you have the guarantee that they know what they are doing and will know how to get your product to its destination in the best way possible.
Your Own Freight Forwarder
You can also use an outside freight forwarder, but be sure to check out the company to avoid any scams.
Although this method is cost effective, it still has so many dangers included, like carton being destroyed and extra costs.
If you choose this method, make sure to find a reliable supplier for all your orders!
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK TO HELP YOU FIND A GREAT FREIGHT FORWARDER
Q. What Do You Need From Me ?
Another important question to ask to ensure the lines of communication are open between you both. Make sure you know what is expected from your end and to speak out if you are unfamiliar with what is needed or if you will need help doing it. You don’t want to inadvertently hold everything up because you have forgotten to do something on your end.
Q. How Extensive Is Your Network ?
As explained, when it comes to freight forwarding it’s both what you know and who you know. There are so many different steps to the process, you want to ensure your chosen freight forwarder has reliable contacts along the way that they can count on, so it all runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Q. Can I Track My Products ?
This not only provides you with the perfect peace of mind throughout the entire process, but opens up the lines of communication about any delays in your order or any hiccups that might occur along the way. It puts you in a position of control to be able to see what is going on.
Q. What Do You Cover ?
As explained, there are plenty of costs that come with freight forwarding, so it’s important to know what costs are covered by your chosen company. Don’t just ask them how much. Instead, ask them exactly what that price covers. This will also ensure you aren’t hit with any hidden charges along the way that can be damaging to your profit margins.
GET IT RIGHT
At the end of the day, this is an extremely important step in the entire process, so you want to make sure you get it right. Shop around and ask all the right questions before committing to your decision. Once those products land safely and are delivered to Amazon, the selling process begins, so make sure you get them there safely and efficiently by doing this right the first time around.
Any mistakes can really impact your profit margins and hurt you moving forward. They are costly. With these tips you will be well on your way to finding a freight forwarder that works for you and your business.