What’s first leg transportation?


What’s first leg transportation?



The chain of cross-border logistics can be divided into: front-end collection, warehouse operation, export customs declaration, trunk movement, customs clearance, transfer and distribution, last-mile delivery, returns, etc. First-leg transportation refers to the transportation process in which merchants transport commodities to overseas warehouses through trunk transportation or combined transportation; tail-haul transportation refers to the transportation process in which commodities arrive overseas and are delivered to final consumers.


Among them, the logistics between sellers sending products to Amazon's FBA warehouses is usually called FBA first-leg logistics.



The common first leg transportation methods are:


For international express delivery, the most commonly used and practical logistics channel for most sellers is the most expensive. It is more suitable for those customers who want promote new product or their shipment volume is relatively small. Except international express delivery, here are also three common ways used in first leg transportation.


1. Air transport

Air freight refers to a logistics mode in which the freight forwarder directly transports the goods to the destination country by air through its own channels, and then the freight forwarder's cooperative delivery agency in the destination country delivers the goods on its behalf. If the first flight of FBA is carried by air, the cost will be more expensive, and there is a fixed flight time. From a security point of view, it is relatively safe for FBA to travel by air for the first time.


2. Shipping by sea

Compared with air freight, sea freight is much cheaper, so many Amazon sellers like to use sea freight. However, shipping by sea will be affected by natural weather and other aspects in terms of logistics timeliness, resulting in very long transportation time.


3. International Express

Compared with sea and air freight, international express delivery has the shortest transportation time, and some can reach Europe in only one week. For example, UPS sends red orders or DHL, the time limit is very fast, but the price varies according to different logistics providers. When choosing express delivery, pay attention to the ability to clear customs.

Precautions in First Leg Transportation

1. When the seller chooses the FBA first-leg transportation method, he needs to take both timeliness and his own capital turnover into consideration to reduce costs.


2. Second, the seller should also consider the weight of the product when selecting the product. If the volume of the goods is large, it is necessary to consider the delivery method combined with the heavier goods to avoid the extra freight caused by the oversized goods.


3. It is recommended to use multiple transportation methods as much as possible to ensure that your products are in stock, which can continuously bring you income and profits and reduce transportation costs.


2. Before sending the FBA head trip, the seller must understand the policies and barriers of the country where the selected FBA warehouse is located, and make full preparations for the first leg transportation.


First Leg Transportation system

In the first leg transportation, choosing a professional and easy-to-use logistics system can yield twice the result with half the effort!


eTower logistics collaboration system is an efficient logistics SaaS system tailored for cross-border logistics enterprises. It integrates multi-platform order management, multi-terminal application, whole-process route visualization, and paperless financial management.

The system can run through the first journey and the overseas last journey, allowing orders to be circulated in one system. Customers can operate and track the status of goods in transit on the system in a data-based and transparent manner.


If you want to know more information and other applications, welcome to contact us, please visit our website at https://www.etowertech.com/ . We will be happy to help you out! 

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