Importing into Amazon Fulfillment FAQ

Do you have interest in importing into Amazon Fulfillment?

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions we have received:

What information do I need to get a quote? 
The following information is needed in order to get a rate.
Pieces/Weight/Dimensions of the goods
Air or Ocean transport
Inco Term:
HS #:
Pickup and delivery locations.

Can I import directly to the fulfillment center? How does this work?

You have several options for delivery locations.

Jade International’s Warehouse: We can clear and deliver the goods to our warehouse for quality control and labeling. From there the goods are picked up and delivered to the designated fulfillment center. 

Consignee’s Location: You can have the goods delivered to your physical location. When you are ready to ship them to, a truck is scheduled to pick up the goods from your location and deliver to the designated fulfillment center. 

Directly to Fulfillment Center: You have the option to import directly to the designated fulfillment center. The shipment must meet Amazon’s weight and dimensions requirements and labels must already be on the shipment.

When do I set up my shipment plan with Amazon?

Amazon’s website will ask you to set up a shipment plan. Depending on the delivery location choice, you will need to set up the shipment plan before the goods get to the fulfillment center. 

Can Jade help me with the entire process?

Yes. We are here to help you from start to finish. Most people have already spoken to their overseas supplier and reach out to Jade International to get a shipment quote. From there your designated representative is available to answer any questions you have.  You will still work directly with Amazon while Jade International takes care of the international freight and customs arrangements on your behalf.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact our office at (610) 522-9300 ext. 143.

Logistics Lessons from the Super Bowl

The city of Philadelphia is in a state of euphoria now that their team, against amazing odds, has made it to the Super Bowl. We thought it would be a good time to talk about the lessons from this miracle that can be used in the logistics and freight business.

First of all, it is always important to have a plan B in any business. The Eagles had a new exciting quarterback, Carson Wentz, for 13 weeks and they thought he would take them himself to the big game. He went down in week 13 and the Eagles were forced to go to their backup quarterback, Nick Foles.

In the logistics business, often we have preferred truckers, airlines or other service providers. They can lull us into a false sense of security. It is imperative that we are prepared if one of our preferred providers has problems. An airline can have a computer glitch that shuts them down, or they can be fully booked by Apple iPhones coming to the US. If you have other providers that you already have relationships with, your shipments can still move smoothly.

During the season, several key players besides Wentz also went down. The Eagles General Manager, Howie Roseman, had to be ready to grab replacement players that could continue our success during the season. He did a masterful job because he knew the business he was in and was ready to act when needed. Like Roseman, we also are ready to tackle any obstacle that we may face if there is a change in service, routing, back log issues, etc and are ready to assist with providing you with other alternatives.

The biggest lesson is to have faith. There will always be bigger and more successful companies out there that seem impossible to compete against. But even small companies have advantages that bigger ones cannot match. Large companies are more cumbersome and tend not to give the personalized service that small companies can give.

In this game, the Eagles will be playing the heavily favored New England Patriots. The odds makers don’t give them a chance to win. But the Eagles did not get the memo and are even embracing their underdog status with funny masks and t-shirts. After all the preparation and planning, have faith that you can tackle any challenge. If you are still in business, you already have.

 

Article by: Howard Fox, Import Compliance Manager at Jade International

What is a freight forwarder?

Freight forwarders are companies that undertake the movement of goods from point A to point B on behalf of the cargo owner. Established and experienced forwarders, like Jade, have the following capabilities and services:

-Experience in all modes of transportation: over the road, rail, air and ocean

-Ability to provide cost effective and efficient cargo solutions based on the client’s needs and requirements

-Storage and distribution services

-Contracted and negotiated rates with ocean shipping lines and air carriers

-Processing all relevant shipping documents such as air waybills, bills of lading, certificate of origins, and the documents required for Customs at destination

-Provide additional value added services such as legalization, attestation, preparation of Letter of Credit documents

Air Cargo Rates from China to U.S. are Heading for New Highs

The demand for space on air cargo has grown exponentially for goods originating in China destined to the U.S. With the approaching Lunar New Year in China which begins on February 16th, the exporters who have not booked in advance are seeing rates as high as $6 to $7 per kilogram. Predictions have been made that as we near the Chinese New Year, the rates for urgent air freight shipments could climb up to $10 or more per kilogram.

If you have cargo that you plan to be importing from China soon, our recommendation is to begin coordinating your shipments now since space capacities continue to worsen with the current high demand. For more information, please contact our import department at (610) 522-9300.

2017 Accomplishments for Jade International

A year in review for Jade and here are our top accomplishments of 2017:

  • Continued to stabilize fundamentals of company along with continued education and training of staff and empowering them to serve our clients
  • Company showed continued growth, and has been able to be involved with community though seminars, as presenters of lectures, and various training opportunities
  • Continued to add and develop additional services to provide to our clients i.e. expanding our domestic transportation services which experienced successful growth
  • Operations have been streamlined and efficiencies improved allowing us to improve our services and efficiencies for our clients
  • Our goal to is to remain client focused, client committed, client driven

Saudi Arabia implementing SASO Certificate Requirement

For exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an SASO Certificate of Conformity is required for importers to clear through Saudi Customs. SASO means Saudi Arabian Standards specifications as set forth by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for various commodities.  The International Conformity Certification Program (ICCP) operates under the authority of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) in Saudi Arabia.

The manufacturers or competent authority at country of origin have to issue a certificate that the respective commodity complies with the SASO specifications. The SASO certificate has to be obtained by the shipper at POL (Port of Loading). This is a strict requirement.

Generally all fabrics, machinery items, engines, electronic / electrical appliances, watches, computers, computer parts, automobiles, auto spare parts, home / kitchen appliances, wireless systems, speakers, amplifiers, items needing calibration, even commodities rice etc., need SASO certificate.

The following are accredited laboratories in Saudi Arabia that issues the Certificate of Conformity and have offices in the United States that can assist you with obtaining this document along with providing a list of the items which need the SASO certificate:

If you have further questions, please contact our office at (610) 522-9300.

EXPORT SEMINAR: FUNDAMENTALS, COMPLIANCE & GROWTH – APRIL 12, 2017

Jade International has announced their upcoming seminar!

Key topics that will be focused on during this event are Incoterms, Export Compliance and Applying Fundamentals & Safe Effective Growth for your international shipments.

The seminar will be April 12th, 2017 from 9:00am t0 2:00pm held at the Holiday Inn Express Exton-Lionville location.

Early registration is now open!! Please click on the below link for more information on this event and for purchasing your tickets.

For further inquiries, please contact Natalie Favazza at (610) 522-9300 ext 109 or Natalie.Favazza@jadeintl.com.

Export Seminar – 4.12.17

Jade International New Website Launch

In January 2016, Jade International proudly announced the launching of the new website. Along with the new website came the new logo and many new services Jade International can now provide to all of the existing and new clients.

Jade looks forward to continuing their efforts to work with you and meeting the challenges of your business and international clients’ needs.

Please check back periodically for new blog posts and articles.

Special Project – U.S. Squash

A most interesting Special Project that is ongoing at Jade started as an import shipment from Germany when US Squash had us bring in an entire squash court to our warehouse. Since that time, we have had domestic shipping of the squash court back and forth to various venues in the United States, each time bringing the court back to our warehouse where Jade has handled the loading and unloading for shipping and special storage. Jade has utilized many special forms of equipment such as heavy cranes, flat beds and Conestoga Trailers for this project.

These photos show the court in play at Drexel University, as well as during the shipping process.

SOLAS Regulation Information

As you may be aware, the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) Regulation will be effective July 1, 2016. This regulation has been introduced by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) and has been adopted by 162 countries that are signatories to SOLAS.
As of this time it is unclear how the shipping lines and terminals will be handling the transmission and communications from the exporters and shippers in regards to their container weight verifications. We have seen some shipping lines mentioning that EDI, E-mail or a Web Portal will be used where others are still determining their method.

Please reach out to your Jade International Customer Service Representative with any questions you have on this regulation and we will work to guide you through the process.

The below is from the World Shipping Council:

The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.

The SOLAS amendments provide that there are two methods shippers may use to determine the container weight once the container packing process has taken place. This requirement will apply globally. Shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators, and terminal operators will all need to establish policies and procedures to ensure the implementation of this regulatory change.

Because there have been questions about what the specific nature of the SOLAS changes are, the World Shipping Council provides the following basic synopsis of the SOLAS requirement.

Basic Principles Under the SOLAS Requirement

  1. Before a packed container can be loaded onto a ship, its weight must be determined through weighing. It is a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container aboard a vessel to which SOLAS applies without a proper weight verification. There is no exception to this requirement.
  2. Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two permissible methods for weighing: Method 1, which requires weighing the container after it has been packed, or Method 2 which requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.
  3. Estimating weight is not permitted. The shipper (or by arrangement of the shipper, a third party) has a responsibility to weigh the packed container or to weigh its contents. Under either Method, the weighing equipment used must meet national certification and calibration requirements. Further, the party packing the container cannot use the weight somebody else has provided, except in one specific set of defined circumstances.
  4. A carrier may rely on a shipper’s signed weight verification to be accurate. The carrier does not need to be a “verifier” of the shipper’s weight verification. Nor do the SOLAS amendments require a carrier to verify that a shipper providing a verified weight according to Method 2 has used a method which has been certified and approved by the competent authority of the jurisdiction in which the packing and sealing of the container was completed. However it is important to note that, for the shipper’s weight verification to be compliant with the SOLAS requirement, it must be “signed”, meaning a specific person representing the shipper is named and identified as having verified the accuracy of the weight calculation on behalf of the shipper.
  5. The lack of a signed shipper weight verification can be remedied by weighing the packed container at the port. If the marine terminal does not have equipment to weigh the container and provide a verified weight, alternative means must be found to obtain a verified container weight; otherwise, the packed container may not be loaded on to the ship.
  6. When a marine terminal receives a packed export container that does not have a signed shipper weight verification, there will need to be processes in place at the terminal for obtaining the weight of such containers and using such weights in the vessel stow plan. Terminals and carriers will need to agree on how these situations will be handled.
  7. If a packed container is weighed at the load port, that weight is to be used for vessel stow planning.
  8. Vessel stow plans should use verified weights for all packed containers loaded on board.

SOURCE: World Shipping Council