Amazon Expands FBA Fulfillment Service to Ninth Country
By Ina Steiner
Amazon has officially launched Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) in Spain. Now, third party sellers from Spain - and around the world - have the option to send their products into fulfillment centers in Spain or throughout Europe, according to Amazon spokesperson Erik Fairleigh.
When customers on Amazon.es order FBA products offered by third-party sellers, Amazon will pick, pack and ship on behalf of the seller.
This marks the ninth country launch for FBA. Fulfillment by Amazon is available in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and China. According to Amazon.com, to use these services, a seller must create a selling account under separate terms in those countries and manage the account separate from accounts in other geographies.
Amazon sellers can also use a program called FBA Export that the marketplace launched in August that lets third-party sellers export products to Amazon international warehouses. The program is part of FBA and allows U.S. sellers to make media and certain other non-media products available for fulfillment in other countries.
In the UK, however, sellers can use FBA Export to sell their items with far fewer restrictions to either nine EU countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Portugal) or 26 EU countries (see this page for country list).
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