Learn about the general preparation requirements for sending inventory to Amazon fulfillment centers as well as the specific product categories that require specialized prep.
Important: Failure to comply with FBA
product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may result
in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfillment center, disposal or return of
inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, or charging for
preparation or for noncompliance at the fulfillment center.
Follow these guidelines when you dispatch products to
Amazon fulfilment centers. Amazon reserves the right to return any items that are packed in
a way that does not meet these requirements.
Please download the Prep Matrix document to print and use as a
quick reference when preparing products for dispatch to Amazon fulfilment
Any FNSKU used by the seller must correspond to one unique product, including
assortments that should have a unique FNSKU per assortment type.
All individual SKU items must be contained within a single package, including multiple
volume set book publications. Amazon does not accept products requiring assembly of
multiple separate pieces at our dock (for example, wheelbarrows where handles and legs
come in separate boxes).
All products must have a single scannable barcode, placed on the outside of each
dispatchable unit, which is accordingly registered in the Amazon catalogue and uniquely
identifies the product. This may be an EAN/UPC/ISBN for "Stickerless, commingled" stock,
or an FBA FNSKU label for "Stickered" stock. The barcode should also be printed in human
readable form. It should be positioned on the exterior of the product in a flat, easily
accessible and scannable location (i.e., not positioned around a corner or curve or on a
All items must be easily identifiable. Packaging must carry a label with an identifier
(such as title, colour and model number) in addition to their EAN/UPC/ISBN barcodes.
Unauthorised marketing materials (e.g. pamphlets, price tags or other non-Amazon
stickers) are prohibited. Amazon will not accept pre-priced labels or products.
Note: Make sure that your items are packed securely to prevent damage.
Safety: You are required to use safety knives
with covered blades in packing and distribution of Amazon deliveries to prevent sharp
objects such as blades being accidentally left in cartons and products that are liable to
cause injury to Amazon Associates or Amazon customers.
Sharp/Hazardous or Damage-Prone Items: Amazon
reserves the right to specify products needing additional protective packaging in order to
preserve the integrity of the product throughout the fulfilment process. Products sensitive
to dust, dirt or humidity must be protected by transparent poly bags. Any product having
the following attributes delivered to the Amazon fulfilment centers with inadequate or
non-compliant packaging will be refused or repackaged by Amazon at the seller's expense and
may be subject to non-compliance fees.
Shock-sensitive articles (e.g. hard-drives):
Shock-sensitive units must be packaged individually in protective material (such as bubble
wrap). All items must be packaged individually.