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Mastering Amazon FBA Shipments: Your Step-by-Step Guide with MyDello

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The Essential Guide to Shipping to Amazon FBA Centers 

Navigating the complexities of shipping to Amazon Fulfillment Centers (FBA) can be daunting, especially for those new to the process. Once you have created a Shipping Plan on Amazon Seller Central, it is time to make sure your shipment is also well prepared for transport. 


This guide is designed to provide clear, step-by-step instructions to ensure your goods reach their destination efficiently and without unexpected costs or delays. 

To learn more about how to set up a Shipping Plan on Amazon Seller Central, Check out the latest instructions by Amazon HERE! 


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Step 1: Preparing Your Shipment 

Before you send off your goods, you’ll need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation. This includes: 

Commercial Invoice 

This document must contain: 

  • Buyer and Seller information 
  • Agreed Incoterm (usually DDP – Delivered Duty Paid for Amazon) 
  • Detailed description, quantity, and value of goods 
  • HS code for each product 

Packing List 

This list should detail: 

  • Buyer and Seller information 
  • Description, quantity, and packing information of the shipment 

Pro Tip: Always double-check your HS codes. Misclassification can lead to delays and additional charges. 


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Step 2: Understanding Additional Requirements 

Certain products may have additional requirements. For example: 

  • Wood products may need a heat treatment certification. 
  • Plant-based products might require a phyto certificate. 
  • Some steel and aluminium products could necessitate a Certificate of Origin. 

Pro Tip: Check import duty rates and restrictions based on HS codes in advance. This will help you prepare any additional documentation needed. 

Step 3: Navigating Customs Charges and Duty Rates 

As the seller, when shipping with DDP incoterm, you’re responsible for customs charges in the destination country. Here’s a breakdown of potential fees: 

For Shipments to the United States: 

  • Import Declaration: USD 175.00 
  • Import Duty: Charged at cost + disbursement fee (3% of duty amount) 
  • Merchandise Processing Fee: 0.3464% of goods value (Min: USD 29.66, Max: USD 575.35) 
  • Temporary Bond Fee: USD 6.50 for every USD 1000 in goods value (Min USD 75.00) 
  • HMF Fee: 0.125% of goods value 

Note: A POA (Power of Attorney) is required for customs purposes when shipping to the US. 

For Shipments to the United Kingdom: 

  • Import Declaration: £ 80.00 
  • Customs Administration Fee: £ 65.00 
  • Import Duty: Charged at cost + disbursement fee (3% of duty amount) 

Note: A UK EORI number is required for shipments to the UK. 

Pro Tip: Use the official tariff resources for the US (USITC) and the UK (UK Trade Tariff) to calculate exact duty rates. 


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Step 4: Partnering with MyDello for Seamless Shipping 

MyDello specializes in helping sellers navigate the intricacies of shipping to Amazon FBA centers. Our experienced team can assist with customs clearance and ensure that all procedures are followed correctly, minimizing the risk of delays or additional charges. 

Final Checklist Before Shipping: 

  • Verify all documents are complete and accurate. 
  • Confirm that any additional certifications are obtained. 
  • Check and calculate all potential customs charges. 
  • Ensure you have the necessary EORI numbers. 

By following this guide, you can ship your goods to Amazon FBA centers with confidence. Remember, MyDello is here to support you every step of the way, making the process as straightforward as possible. 

For any further assistance or to clarify specific details of your shipment, reach out to MyDello’s customer support. We’re committed to ensuring your logistics are handled with expertise and care.