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Amazon to Help Ship Goods from China to US

A new report says Amazon will help Chinese companies bring goods into the U.S. by offering ocean freight services through its Chinese subsidiary.

It’s not news that Amazon is building out logistics in order to get orders into the hands of customers more quickly and cheaper. But now it looks like it’s going to help suppliers get goods into its network, whether for direct-to-consumer sales or to third-party merchants, or both.

Amazon continues to make headlines for its moves in logistics and delivery, and the latest news comes from Flexport,which says that Amazon China now has the appropriate paperwork to provide ocean freight services for other companies. “By offering ocean freight services, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) will make it easier for its customers to move goods into the company’s logistics network,” it writes.

Amazon would also gain some competitive information, Flexport states. “As the freight forwarder on a company’s shipments, Amazon would see both the name of the supplier and the wholesale price paid by the importer.”

It was also recently reported that Amazon was expected to acquire the 75% of French package-delivery company Colis Prive that it doesn’t already own. The Seattle Timeswrote, “some analysts believe that Amazon is putting together the pieces across the globe to launch a package-delivery service that will one day compete with UPS, FedEx and others.”

Bloomberg reported recently that Amazon may be opening its own parcel delivery depots near major cities in Germany, its second-biggest market after the U.S., in a move that would put it in competition with Deutsche Post.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.