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I am newbie for FBA business. This is a question for international sellers (non US sellers that reside outside US) how do you handle this business model? Especially when you order from suppliers in China. Do you ship to your home-inspect-label-prep then ship back to US fba( what about the cost of this option) Or do you ship directly to fba ( in this case what if the supplier mess up the production). Or do you use some kind of other workflows/services?
What is the most efficient way to handle this for international sellers. I am really interested in learning all point if views

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They tell me to allow $250 for port tax; $250 customs; $0.20 per item documentation and $199 for their fee. They suggest shipping costs will be $50-100 per CuM for sea and $4-7 per Kg for air (the more expensive is Express). DO check with them that these are still valid. There are additional costs for stickering etc. that are shown on their website. The fee includes handling at the Chinese port end and the US end, but requires delivery to the Chinese port (which is included by the manufacturer if you ask for ‘FOB’). Hope that helps.

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I use a Freight Forwarder from Inglewood CA called Rivera Freight. Got connected to them from another AMZ seller from outside the US who recommended them. Been very easy to deal with, helped advise me on what to do to set up all accounts they would need with IRS and customs etc.

They are a bit old school (their shipping quotes look to be typed on a typewriter – literally) – but they communicate with my suppliers to arrange all the FOB in China details. And with new suppliers I have had them inspect the cartons upon arrival from sea to their warehouse (at LAX), open up one or two to take out a product and send me pics and then re-label the cartons for pickup by AMZ’s UPS.

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