If you have an established Amazon business and want to expand into new markets, you need to consider several details first.

Delivering imports to foreign Amazon warehouses is riddled with potential stumbling blocks. This can be overwhelming, especially when a missed step could spell disaster for your business. Avoid painful delays, unnecessary costs, and even stuck merchandise using these tips to help you with your first international shipment.

In this guide, you’ll find a handy checklist of things to do if you want to learn how to sell internationally on Amazon. By the end, you’ll be better equipped to expand your empire and take advantage of Amazon’s global network of fulfilment centres.

We have also compiled a Going Global Checklist for you to download and keep and use as a reference.

What is Amazon Global Selling?

Amazon Global Selling (AGS) allows businesses to expand internationally. You can list your products on Amazon’s many international sites, rather than just that of your home country. For example, you can sell in North America, Australia, and Japan, to name a few.

With Amazon FBA, customers in multiple countries can order products only stored in one country, as Amazon takes care of shipping and fulfilment for you. With AGS, you can list and sell items in multiple territories at once, regardless of whether Amazon ships and fulfils your orders.

How Does AGS Work?

To take part in AGS, you need to follow these four steps:

  1. Work out what you want to sell and where
  2. List your products across multiple marketplaces
  3. Ship your products to your customers (Amazon FBA can help with this!)
  4. Support your customers, either via your channels or Amazon’s

Learn more on Amazon’s website to get started.

Checklist: How to Sell Internationally on Amazon in Six Steps

Below you’ll find a checklist for selling internationally on Amazon to help ensure your business is equipped to leap into international waters.

1. Register for VAT

To import into and sell in a foreign country, you will need a foreign VAT registration, with very few threshold exceptions. Most countries have VAT or sales tax requirements, so it’s always a good idea to check before sending your inventory into a foreign market.

We can put you in touch with our parent company, VATIT, who can quickly and efficiently facilitate the VAT registration process.

2. Use a Reputable Freight Forwarder

Partnering with the right freight company you trust can be the difference between success and failure. Recent events such as Brexit and Covid-19 have caused freight prices to fluctuate significantly. An established relationship with a freight partner can help you secure