IOR for Amazon FBA

As an Importer of Record (IOR), Zee is ready to bring fast and reliable import solutions to your business so you can unlock your global potential.

Importer of Record (IOR) into Amazon FBA Fulfilment Centres

Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) allows you to store your products in any one of Amazon’s fulfilment centres, located across the globe. Amazon will pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Using FBA allows you to reach more customers and expand into new countries.

Amazon’s FBA service does many things, However, Amazon will not help with the risk-intensive processes, such as compliance and IOR duties, required when importing your products to new, international destinations.

Amazon has gone as far as to state that they will not act as an IOR for FBA inventory imported into any country, regardless of the shipment value or size. Therefore, anyone wanting to send goods to a foreign Amazon fulfilment centre needs to appoint an Importer of Record.

Having a knowledgeable and professional IOR is important in any foreign trade deal. Leaving the IOR fields blank on your import documentation or failing to comply with any import compliance rules will result in a failed shipment – your goods may be seized, returned to their origin, or disposed of, all at your own cost.


Being an Importer of Record (IOR) does not only mean having a trading entity or foreign tax registration in the destination country. It also involves taking on a whole bunch of responsibilities that must be completed in a very specific way for every shipment. Being able to carry out these responsibilities takes a lot of insight and experience from the IOR. The IOR must ensure that each shipment complies with local laws and regulations, file all declarations, and make payments for the associated fees, import duties, and taxes.

According to local laws and regulations, the IOR can be audited for any transactions that they have gone down for. Audit risk is a long-term consideration as customs officers can audit an IOR for a period of up to 7 years after the import is complete. Zee’s Importer of Record service relieves Amazon e-commerce stores from the list of import risks mentioned above.

But Zee does not only act as your IOR, and makes importing easier by also doing the following:

1. Apply for any import permits or licences,

2. Ensure that you are not importing prohibited or restricted products,

3. Prepare your commercial invoice (CI) and airway bills (AWB),

4. Source Harmonized System (HS or HTS) Codes,

5. Accurately calculate your taxes and duties bill, as well as handle customs clearance and brokerage.

Contact Zee to get a combined shipping and IOR quote, including accurate tax and duty calculations and predictable delivery times.

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