Updated by Neil
It would be best to organize the freight about two weeks before the order is sent for shipment. It’s time to understand what a forwarder does so that you can find the right one. Firstly, though, every step in the freight process is assembled on the following page.
Freight Process Steps
When you’ve finished procuring your goods and have gone through the supplier process steps, this is how you can proceed on the international freight front (refer to succeeding chapters for elaboration to acronyms).
Assess the possible customs or carrier constraints on your product before you choose what product you are importing.
Amazon’s packing and classifying obligations should be followed.
Describe your incoterm (freight term that steers responsibility throughout the shipment) while settling with your supplier. Subsequently, settle your buy price built on landed cost.
Copies of Documents required for shipment such as the CI, packing list, and, in some cases, the COO, MSDS, and fumigation certificate should be obtained from your supplier.
Review the RFQ prep record. Contemplate if you need the forwarder to include customs broking and cargo insurance.
Air is rapid, and the ocean is economical (excluding small shipments). Choose whether you want to ship by air or ocean. Ocean freight splits between full container load and below a container load.
Price vs. Time
To get your goods early, you should evaluate the price point to switch to a distinct mode. It is mainly applicable if you are not close to a major port or are East Coast importing from China.
You should decrypt the additional charges and fees (like fuel, canal surcharges, plagiarism charges) from the feedbacks. Make sure that it is all accurate, and select the correct quote.
Complete essential forms, such as T&Cs and POA. After that, finish the Shipper’s Letter Of Instruction and supply other documents so that the forwarder can validate the plane or ship’s reservation.
It will help if you choose whether you want an uninterrupted bond or a single entry bond. You will also require an ISF bond with ocean freight for single entry bonds.
It would help if you decided on the method that you will utilize in paying your order. If you are frequently importing, it’s economical to establish ACH payment with Customs.
You should carefully examine each document that is to be registered with Customs, as even a small error might become costly for you.
Ensure that your forwarder is keeping you well informed regarding shipment tracking and advance alert of issues. Arrange drop-off, and ensure that you have amenities for unloading.
You should ensure that your forwarder follows Amazon’s obligation for inventory coming from overseas and accepting requirements (reservation and conveyance).