Amazon partners with LTL/FTL (less than load/full truckload) carriers for deliveries over 150 lbs.
These carriers will pick up and deliver your FBA inbound shipment at a deeply discounted rate that will be billed to Amazon’s account. Amazon will pass the charge along to you as the “Inbound Transportation Charge” on the Settlement Report.
Managing LTL shipments to Amazon
LTL shipments need package labels and pallet labels to be accepted at an Amazon fulfillment center.
- Create the FBA inbound shipment. Follow through with the instructions here until the Filling out Shipping Info section.
- Select Manage Shipping Boxes from the Action menu.
- Select Less than Truckload from the Shipping Type dropdown.
- Click Update.
- Complete the required information:
- Contact Name
- Contact Email
- Contact Fax
- Contact Phone
- Seller Freight Ready Date – The date the shipment will be ready for pickup by an Amazon-partnered LTL carrier. Since you need a Bill of Lading (BOL) that may not be immediately available from Amazon, you should set the date to 1 or 2 business days in the future.
- Click Update.
- The next step is to satisfy Amazon’s requirement to provide accurate box contents information on the packing slip.
- Ensure that the Client Setting FBA Inbound Shipment Use Unique Label Request is NOT enabled.
- Select Manage Box Contents from the Action menu > Go.
- Select a package.
- Enter the unit count for every SKU in each box. Add contents to all the boxes in the shipment. You can also import a file to upload contents.
- Depending on the box content selection you selected at the beginning of the shipment (see here in the section entitled “All products continue here”), press the action to either:
- Save and Update Amazon – Sends an API call to Amazon with box contents. For example, it tells Amazon that Box 1 contains item ABC x 20. The box label (see below) identifies the box with its box number.
- Save and Download Feed – Downloads a file to be uploaded on Seller Central.
- Save and Download 2D BarCode – The barcode sticker should be placed on the package. Read more about 2D Barcodes in the attached PDF.
- Wait several minutes for Amazon to process the information before continuing in SellerCloud.
- Select Print Box Labels from the Action menu > Go. Labels will be saved to PDF for printing and affixing to each box. Box contents will print on each label respectively.
- Click Add New Pallet.
- Add weight and dimensions, and include the pallet in the calculations. Ensure that the correct unit of measure (UOM) is selected.
- Add additional pallets. (Unlike on Seller Central, a separate row is needed here for each pallet.) Check Copy Dimensions if applicable.
- Click Update.
- Select Request Shipping Estimate from the Action menu > Go.
- Select Get Shipping Estimate from the Action menu > Go.
- If satisfied with the estimate, select Confirm Shipping Estimate from the Action menu > Go.
- Select Print Pallet Labels from the Action menu. Labels will be saved to PDF for printing and affixing to each pallet.
- For Amazon-partnered LTL shipments, a BOL will be generated within 24 hours of the pickup date and time. Use the action Get Bill of Lading to retrieve the BOL from Amazon.
- Repeat this process for all shipments, or return for another shipment later.
- Continue with marking the shipment as shipped in SellerCloud. This will move inventory from the Ship From warehouse into the Interim warehouse.
Marking the shipment as shipped
- In SellerCloud, select Ship Boxes from the Action menu.
- Select a Ship From Warehouse and an Interim Warehouse.
- Select shipments you want to ship.
- Click Ship Items at the bottom of the page.