A fulfillment service can help you manage customer orders, send shipments on time, and obtain information on products available for restocking or promotions. The right ecommerce fulfillment service can give your business a competitive edge.
There are several options for fulfilling an order, including in-house fulfillment, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), and other third-party fulfillment services.
FBA allows you to ship inventory to an Amazon warehouse at a competitive cost. When an order comes in, Amazon delivers the product to the customer. Your company can take advantage of Amazon’s distribution network, infrastructure, world-class delivery service, returns system, and customer service process.
Before you consider shipping your products to any Amazon U.S. warehouse, make sure the manufacturing plant and the exporter’s company have a DUNS Number and are registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA).
Then, file a Prior Notice. Additional requirements must be met.
- FDA REGISTRATION
- FDA PRIOR NOTICE
- U.S. CUSTOMS ASSIGNED NUMBER
The foreign exporter is expected to be the U.S. Importer of Record (IOR), not the Amazon warehouse. Therefore, obtain a U.S. Customs Assigned Number required to process customs clearance in the United States.
Domestic and foreign companies may request CBP-Assigned Numbers through the Automated Broker Interface used by FedEx, UPS, DHL and other Customs Brokers by submitting Importer Identity Form (CBP Form 5106).
It typically takes CBP (United States Customs and Border Protection) two business days to input and activate a new Importer of Record (IOR).
Shipping products to Amazon warehouses without a Prior Notice Confirmation Number will always result in FDA Hold of your cargo and Detention.