OCEAN FREIGHT, A NEW PLAYER: AMAZON * USA
* Washington - Amazon expands into ocean freight
Amazon.com Inc. is taking to the high seas... The online retail giant has begun handling shipment of goods by ocean to its U.S. warehouses from Chinese merchants selling on its site—taking on a role it previously left to global freight-transportation companies... The move marks Amazon’s latest step in a multiyear effort to build out its delivery business. The company doesn’t own or operate ships, but is openly acting as a global freight forwarder and third-party logistics provider, categories of companies that book space on ocean vessels and truck goods between ports and warehouses... Amazon has helped ship at least 150 containers of goods from China since October, according to shipping documents collected at ports of entry that were compiled by Ocean Audit, a company specializing in ocean-freight refund recovery for shippers... This month, Amazon started posting rates for new services such as sorting, labeling, and trucking shipments that traditionally are handled by global freight companies. The services and rates were posted under the name of its Chinese subsidiary, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Service Co., with Distribution-Publications Inc., a widely used platform for such information... Amazon declined to comment...
(PHOTO: REUTERS - Freighters and cargo containers in Long Beach, Calif. Amazon has helped ship at least 150 containers of goods from China since October) -- Seatte, WASH, USA - The WSJ, by LAURA STEVENS - Jan. 25, 2017