Jan. 15, 2016—Amazon.com Inc. is now eyeing the high seas in its pursuit to handle more of the logistics of package delivery. The Seattle retailer registered itself with a federal agency overseeing ocean transportation, a step towards allowing it to serve as an intermediary for suppliers shipping merchandise in or out of the U.S.
Flexport Inc., a startup that offers similar services and discovered the registration, said Chinese companies are most likely to work with Amazon to use freight forwarding, as the service is known.
Amazon registered with the Federal Maritime Commission using the name of a subsidiary, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Service Co., which is based in Beijing. The registration, which was filed in November, would potentially allow Amazon to begin helping to arrange cargo shipments into or out of the U.S. immediately, said Peter King, director of the Federal Maritime Commission’s bureau of enforcement.
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