Amazon, which has been adding pieces to its cargo operations, has received federal approval to sell ocean-freight services to other companies.
Amazon, which appears to be checking off all the boxes for launching a shipping business, recently acquired federal approval to ship ocean freight for other companies.
The filing, with the Federal Maritime Commission, was first found by San Francisco logistics firm Flexport, which wrote about the discovery on its blog. The online retailer’s Chinese subsidiary registered to operate as a freight forwarder. That means Amazon.com is now authorized to sell ocean-freight services.
An Amazon spokeswoman confirmed the company made the filing but declined to comment about its intentions.
News of the filing comes nearly a month after The Seattle Times reported Amazon is negotiating to lease 20 Boeing 767 cargo jets for its own air-delivery service. The company has been operating an air-cargo trial from an airport in Wilmington, Ohio. And it recently added thousands of trucks to its delivery fleet.
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And the company is on the verge of acquiring the 75 percent of a French package-delivery company, Colis Privé that it doesn’t already own. That could help Amazon better manage its own delivery operations. Some analysts have speculated, Amazon may one day offer delivery services to other companies.