Amazon ’s ocean freight shipments gets underway

Online giant Amazon has begun using its license as a freight forwarder to ship goods to the US from China. This is as part of the company’s apparent wider interest in developing its logistics and delivery business.

Amazon has arranged shipment of more than 150 shipping containers to the US from China according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This is according to shipping documents from Ocean Audit, a firm that specialises in ocean freight refund recovery for shippers.

The online giant started posting rates for new services including sorting, labelling and trucking shipments this month. These are traditionally handled by global freight companies.
The new services and rates were posted under Amazon ’s Chinese subsidiary Beijing Century Joyo Courier Service Co on the Distribution Publications Inc which is a widely used platform for this information.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Ocean Audit’s Chief Executive Steve Ferreira said, “They’ve made it so easy for these small, medium Chinese suppliers to make it into the supply chain… Amazon is slowly building up a lot of volume.”

Amazon is known to be building up its HGV fleet in the US and is also developing EU wide and Americas wide air freight services as well as its FBA system for smaller sellers to move goods through the Amazon network. While the company is shy of commenting on such plans and issues, leaving commentators to point these activities out, its logistics operation is rapidly growing and could become at least as big as its retail operation very quickly.  
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