Shipping to Amazon FBA Warehouses in UAE and KSA
Ship your products directly from suppliers in China or other parts of the world to Amazon FBA warehouses in the GCC.
Dec 09, 2022
Shipping To Amazon FBA in UAE and KSA
If you sell or are planning to sell your products through Amazon FBA, then shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses is one of the most crucial steps.
I – What is Amazon FBA:
Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) is a service provided by Amazon to third-party sellers that sell on the Amazon platform. By enrolling with Amazon FBA, sellers can let Amazon handle the warehousing, fulfillment, delivery, and returns of their orders. That helps automate the logistics process for products sold on the platform.
The main advantages of selling through FBA are the “Prime” badge as well as the effortless shipping process. A Prime badge is a marketing tool by Amazon that would ensure your products have priority in listing because they are fulfilled by Amazon. In addition, the effortless shipping will ensure quick turnaround times for your products to be delivered.
On the other hand, Amazon FBA comes with disadvantages as well. The primary disadvantages are the costs and lack of flexibility associated with selling on Amazon FBA. FBA is a handy service however it will cost quite a bit. To an extent where sometimes FBA does not make sense for low-cost items. To that end, Amazon has developed a useful calculator that can determine whether or not it makes financial sense for your products to be listed on Amazon. Furthermore, having your stock in Amazon FBA warehouses essentially means that that stock cannot be used for sales across other channels if you are pursuing an omnichannel strategy. This leads to a lack of flexibility in managing your inventory across D2C and marketplace channels.
Nonetheless, Amazon FBA is still a great option. But if you decide to go down that route – you need to identify methods of shipping your inventory from the supplier to Amazon FBA Warehouses. We hope that the below guide will help with that.
II – Creating a Shipping Plan for Amazon FBA
The first part of the process is creating an Amazon Shipping Plan. The shipping plan highlights to Amazon, the products that you will be sent to their FBA warehouses. This shipping plan can be created through your seller central backend under the Manage Inventory tab. Note: Your products must already be listed with Amazon at this stage.
Once you’ve identified the products that need to be sent, you need to click on Send/Replenish inventory next to the product menu. This will automatically redirect you to Shipping where the shipping plan is created. You will need to coordinate with your supplier or logistics partner when identifying the format your shipment is structured in. Amazon will only allow you to send a certain quantity to their warehouses depending on the capacity they have provided you with.
For more details on creating a shipping plan, we will be linking a more descriptive video toward the end of the blog.
III – Sending a Shipment to Amazon FBA
Once you have created your shipping plan, you will now need to physically send your products to Amazon FBA warehouses in UAE or KSA. Sending shipments to these warehouses will depend on whether your products are in the country of the Amazon warehouse or outside the country.
If your products are already in the country, then this process is straightforward. First, you need to ensure that your supplier or logistics partner properly labels the products with the FNSKU labels and the boxes marked with the shipping label. Each box arriving at the Amazon warehouse should only contain the shipping label clearly on the side of the box. In parallel, an appointment must be booked with Amazon. Once the order is prepared following Amazon’s standards and the appointment is confirmed, you can hand over the products and the appointment slip to a logistics or delivery partner that can arrange for the delivery of the products to Amazon Warehouses. In the UAE and KSA, Amazon does not provide this service through its carriers. As such, it has to be managed by the sellers independently.
On the other hand, if your products are not in the country, then the process is a bit more complicated. For example, if you may be manufacturing your products in countries such as China or Turkey. Alternatively, your products may be stored in an international HQ. Then, in that case, you need to find a reliable partner that can manage the door-to-door shipping from the origin to Amazon warehouses.
Since Amazon in UAE and Saudi Arabia does not provide FBA prep services, that means your products need to either be prepped at their origin or when they enter the UAE through a third-party provider.
As such, when shortlisting a partner for such a transfer, you need to assess a few things. The first step is determining whether the partner has the capability to pick-up your goods from the country of origin and then ship them to the destination country. Once your products arrive at the port, then the goods will have to be cleared. If you have a trade license in the destination country then that should not be an issue. However, if you do not, then you need a partner who can also provide you with Importer On Record (IOR) as a service to clear the goods under their company name. This will essentially mean that the third party is acting as your consignee for the shipment.
Once the products are cleared through the port, they need to be parked at a warehouse. At the warehouse, the provider needs to ensure that the products are labeled following the Amazon standards set out above. If they are, then the seller can proceed with making an appointment for delivery to be made to Amazon. At this point, the logistics partner will arrange for the products to be delivered to Amazon.
Apart from being more efficient, this direct shipping model from origin to Amazon warehouses will help reduce your costs significantly. That way, you only ship what you want to sell from your supplier directly to FBA. By doing so, you will avoid additional costs normally incurred such as warehousing, staffing, and labeling. The only caveat is that you need a reliable partner that can assist with these steps. If you are struggling to find such a partner, reach out to us for a free consultation call on how we can help.
For a detailed breakdown of creating a shipping label, our friends at Amazon Seller Society have made a full video for this on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koEpKCCCVFA&t=206s