Amazon has started its long held plan to ship goods from Chinese merchants to the US, bypassing freight forwarders, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Amazon has been booking space on containerlines and has managed to ship around 150 boxes since October the newspaper reported.
Last January Amazon’s China affiliate registered with the US Federal Maritime Commission to become a licenced ocean freight forwarder allowing it to buy and sell space on vessels.
The company is buying up logistics firms, trucks and air freight infrastructure in Europe and the US at the moment with a view to cutting its own logistics costs, which are believed to cost Amazon around $1bn a month.
Amazon’s China rival Alibaba has recently tied up with Maersk Line whereby it can now offer customers dedicated space and prices on the Danish carrier’s ships.