To ship from an overseas factory to an Amazon warehouse, you’re going to need to fill out a few important addresses. Here’s a quick rundown of all of them - including some advice on entering a destination address.
1) Origin address: Where your goods are coming from - usually the factory, warehouse, or port overseas.
2) Ship-From Address: I know - you don’t see this address on Freightos. If you’re looking at the site, you’ll see the next address we need is the FBA warehouse.
That’s because in order for Amazon to assign you a warehouse to enter on our platform, you’ll need to tell them (in Seller Central) where your goods are coming from.
Now, the obvious choice is the origin address we mentioned earlier - after all, your goods are coming from that factory or warehouse abroad.
But here’s the catch - Amazon will likely assign you any warehouse throughout the country - which is fine, but it means that both the international and domestic freight may be longer, and that means it will cost more.
What you can try doing is selecting an address near the port on the coast closer to where you’re shipping - for example the port of LA in California if you’re shipping from China, or the port of New York if you’re shipping from Europe.
This way, the warehouse you get will probably (no promises) be closer to those ports, saving you on costs all around.
3) Destination: Amazon FBA Warehouse: When you get the warehouse address from Amazon, that becomes your ship to or delivery address for your overall shipment - you can choose it from the dropdown on the platform.
4) Destination: UPS Pickup: If your shipment is going to multiple warehouses or it weighs under 1 CBM, you may choose to have UPS handle the last leg of the delivery from the forwarder’s warehouse to the Amazon warehouse. Learn more here.
5) Consignor Address: This you’ll see on the shipment page after you book a shipment - it’s the details of your supplier or factory overseas.
6) Consignee Address: Also on your shipment page, this is the contact address for customs to use in case there are any problems with duties. Amazon will not serve as the consignee of your shipment, so this contact will usually be you, the importer, but if you’re importing on behalf of someone else, it will be their company.
This needs to be an address in the country you’re shipping to; here’s some information about setting up an importer of record from a different country.