Sourcing from China is the choice of many Amazon sellers.

Chinese merchants can not only provide high-quality and inexpensive products, but also provide a very comprehensive service.

After buying from China? For new sellers, there are many questions about shipping, such as:

  • how to ship from China to Amazon warehouse?
  • What are the shipping methods from China to Amazon FBA?
  • The cheapest method of transportation?
  • How to clear customs after the goods arrive?

As a new Amazon seller, you need to understand these issues.

This article mainly explains how to ship products from China to Amazon FBA warehouse. If you have any questions, please leave a message below or send us an email.

What is Amazon FBA?

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service provided by Amazon that provides sellers with warehousing, packaging, and transportation assistance.

This reduces the burden on sellers and gives them more flexibility in their sales practices. The program allows sellers to ship their products to Amazon fulfillment centers, where the products are stored in warehouses until they are sold.

After the order is placed, Amazon employees personally prepare, package, and ship the products.

FBA shipping from China

Usually there are 3 ways to ship goods from China to Amazon FBA

Ship directly from Chinese suppliers to Amazon FBA

This is the easiest and fastest method.

How does it work?

  1. When placing an order, inform the supplier that your goods need to be shipped to the Amazon FBA warehouse. Ask the supplier to package and label your products in accordance with Amazon’s requirements.
  2. After placing the order, send the barcode, label, etc. to the supplier.
  3. Chinese suppliers usually have experience in shipping to FBA warehouses, so you don’t have to worry too much. Just confirm with the supplier before shipping that the product is packaged and labelled as required.

Pros and cons


  • Faster shipping time. The time for products to reach the warehouse is greatly reduced. The easier the product reaches the warehouse, the sooner you can start selling on Amazon.
  • Save the cost of the middleman. You can save money and spend money on the hassle of asking someone to check your product.


  • Amazon may require products to be shipped to different warehouses instead of a centralized location. This will make things more complicated.
  • Freight and customs duties must be paid to the supplier before the goods arrive.
  • Products must meet the packaging and shipping requirements and standards set by Amazon. There may be some risks when the supplier handles transportation.
  • You cannot check the quality of the product before it reaches Amazon.

Ship to you from China, and then you ship to Amazon FBA

The biggest (and possibly the most likely to harm your business) pitfall of shipping directly from Chinese suppliers to FBA warehouses is that you cannot perform proper quality control/inspection of your products.

Although many sellers seek the help of a third-party inspection company, when your product does not have a second set of inspections, an alarming number of errors will still occur.

This is the main reason why many buyers choose to ship to themselves first, and then ship to Amazon’s warehouse. The quality of products sold on Amazon is very important. Once a product has a bad review, it will affect the entire sales situation. It may even cause this listing to be invalidated.

Pros and cons


  • You can check the quality and control the defect rate by yourself. Product quality is more guaranteed.


  • Need to pay extra for transportation from home to Amazon warehouse.
  • Need longer shipping time

Ship to Amazon warehouse through a third-party service company

These service companies can help you handle import customs clearance, deliver goods from your suppliers to Amazon warehouses, conduct product inspections, package and label your goods in accordance with Amazon’s specific requirements.

You only need to pay, and then you can solve all the troubles you have to transport to the Amazon warehouse. You can find similar companies through Google or social media.

Pros and cons


  • They can help you check product quality and label products before shipping.
  • They have a better understanding of Amazon FBA and can ensure your transportation is smoother.


  • The expensive labor costs of third parties will increase your procurement costs. .
  • It is usually higher than the shipping cost for direct shipment from the supplier to Amazon.

Summary: Each method has advantages and disadvantages. Which method to choose depends on your actual situation.

How to choose the shipping method for shipping goods from China to Amazon FBA warehouse?

Please refer to the full version of the shipping guide. A complete guide to shipping from China (2021 Update)

Hope this article is helpful to you.

If you encounter any problems when importing from China, please feel free to contact us.

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