While it is one of the most labor-intensive types of loading, you may not be able to
avoid Floor Loading your products when shipping Less than Truckload (LTL), Full
Truckload (FTL), or Full Container Load (FCL) deliveries to Amazon fulfillment
When loading packed products directly on the floor, rather than using pallets or other
containers, it takes longer for the fulfillment centers to process, which may impact
your products availability for sale on Amazon. Carriers may also apply additional
charges if your shipments require extensive handling.
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. Please share these
requirements with your carrier or vendor to ensure that they fully understand these
Floor loading requirements
Although pallets are always preferred, when they are not an option follow these
You must inform your carrier that
floor-loaded shipments are only accepted when they identify them on the Carrier
Labels for all boxes must contain the following:
PO#: The Amazon Inbound Shipment ID
Attn: Fulfillment by Amazon
From: Your company name
Carton#: #_____ of total #_____
Follow these requirements while readying the floor-loaded
Stack boxes into columns.
Maintain at least 7.5 cm between column stacks and container walls.
Stack boxes no higher than 1.6 cm, unless they conform to the slip
sheet or clamp truck instructions below.
Make sure that the overall height of the column stack allows 7.5
cm of clearance from the top of the stack to the roof of the container.
All shipments should be properly secured
using the load cars or straps.
Load quality requirements
Correctly staging your floor-loaded shipment will ensure there are no
delays in processing your products once at the fulfillment center. Remember to:
Stack cartons into columns. All shipments
should be properly secured using load bars/straps. It is the shipper's responsibility
to ensure that shipments are loaded into a trailer in a manner that prevents the load
from shifting during transit. When using Intermodal transportation (COFC), always use
a load strap, never a load bar to secure loads.
Floor-loaded freight should only be loaded into
containers that are at least 2.4 mts tall and make sure that the overall height of
the carton stack allows 7.5 cm of clearance from the top of the stack to the roof
of the container.
Ensure that all cartons (regardless of
weight) comply with the clamp truck instructions listed below.
Important: If the load quality does meet Floor Loading policy, your shipment may
take longer to receive and you may be contacted about your shipment. Load quality issues
may result in charges for unplanned services or refusal of shipments.
Clamp Truck Guidelines
Use these instructions to accommodate forklifts with hydraulic
attachments that open and close around a load to squeeze and pick it up:
When loading the trailer, maintain at least 7.5 cm between
stacks and between stacks and container walls.
Make sure that the overall
height of stack allows 7.5 cm of clearance from the top of the stack to the
roof of the container.
Arrange each tier to be uniform and
aligned relative to the other tiers on the footprint so that all four sides of the
freight stack can be safely accessed by a clamp truck. Tier heights may vary.
Use spacers between stacks to prevent
them from shifting during transit. All shipments should be properly secured using
load bars/straps. It is the shipper's responsibility to ensure that shipments are
loaded into the trailer in a manner that prevents the load from shifting during
Slip sheet guidelines
When slip sheets are used instead of pallets, be sure to
following these instructions:
Insert slip sheets between the floor and
product, as well as between layers. The overall height of the stack should allow
7.5 cm of clearance from the top of the stack to the roof of the
Use only slip sheets of industry-standard pallet
size (100 cm x 120 cm).
exceeding 120 cm in length must be loaded along the length of the container or