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Amazon to help third-party sellers in Japan ship abroad

Amazon.com Inc. will help third-party sellers in Japan deliver their products to over 100 overseas markets, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Aug. 31.

The Seattle-based company will provide small and medium businesses in the country inventory management and shipping services for items managed at its warehouses, according to the newswire. For overseas orders, Amazon will take care of packaging and air transport, and will also handle inquiries regarding order status and returns.

However, food products and hazardous materials that cannot be transported by air will be excluded from the service, the report added. The buyers will also be the ones to shoulder shipping costs and customs fees.

The e-commerce giant already delivers overseas from Japan for products it sells directly, but increasing interest in Japanese goods like cosmetics reportedly encouraged the retailer to offer the services to third-party businesses. Japan will be only the second country where Amazon offers these services, next to the U.S., the Nikkei said.

Products sold by third-party sellers are said to make up for at least half of Amazon's total global sales, according to the report.