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FBA Preparation Service

Learn about the different preparation services available for inventory that you send to Amazon fulfilment centres and their associated fee.

You can use the Preparation service to have Amazon properly package and prep your products for fulfilment.

FBA has Packaging and Prep Requirements for products you ship to and store in Amazon fulfilment centres. Properly packaging and preparing units helps to reduce delays in receive time, to protect your products while at our fulfilment centres and to create a better customer experience.

Important: Planned prep or labelling, as part of the FBA Preparation or Label Service, may delay full receipt of your shipment. However, unplanned prep or prep that is not part of the FBA Preparation or Label Service may further delay complete receipt of your shipments by up to 48 hours.

If you decide to use the Preparation service, Amazon will prepare your eligible products for a per-unit fee. To have Amazon prepare your products, you must first enable Preparation services. When you send inventory to our fulfilment centres, you will be able to select whether your products will be prepared by Amazon or by you. When building your Shipping Plan, we will provide an estimate of the FBA Preparation Fees based on the expected preparation services for the selected products.

Note: If you use one of our preparation services for products in the Fragile/Glass and Sharp preparation categories, products must be packaged so that they can withstand transit and can be safely handled by our associates.

Minimum qualifications

  • Condition: Any (New, Used, Collectible, Refurbished).
  • Product Type: Any (Media and Non-media).
  • ASIN: Each unit must have a scannable barcode (ISBN, UPC, EAN or JAN). The unit's barcode must not be punched out, marked over, covered or otherwise obstructed.

If you sign up for Preparation services

  • You will have the option to select whether Amazon or you prep each eligible product in your Shipping Plan.
  • For products that Amazon preps, you will be charged the applicable FBA Preparation service fee based on the preparation services Amazon provides as determined by Amazon.
  • There is a separate fee for Standard-Size and Oversize products.
  • Your qualifying units may be split into multiple additional shipments.
  • If you choose to have Amazon prep your products, for selected products the FBA Label Service may be automatically included in the prep activities on those products, and you will also be charged according to the FBA Label Service Pricing.
  • We will determine at our sole discretion which preparation services we perform with respect to your products.
  • We may discontinue the Preparation service at any time.

Enable the Preparation service

To enable your Preparation service, follow these steps when creating your Shipping Plan:

  1. Select a product that you want Amazon to prep.
  2. On the Prepare Products page, select "Amazon" in the Who Preps field.
  3. In the pop-up window "Are you sure you want to save settings to your Fulfilment by Amazon Settings?" click the Yes button.

Select who preps the products

Once you have enabled the Preparation service, you will be able to select whether Amazon or you will prep each eligible product by following the steps below on the Prepare Products page of your Shipping Plan.

You can also choose who preps your products by default on your FBA settings page. Note that changing the default does not affect previously created shipments or any prep preferences you have defined for specific items.

For products with Prep Guidance

For each eligible product listed on the Prepare Products page of the shipping workflow, under "Who preps?" select "Amazon" if you want Amazon to prep the product or select "Seller" if you want to prep the product yourself. "Amazon" will be the default selection for products with Prep Guidance.

For products without Prep Guidance

Products without Prep Guidance may still have packaging and prep requirements. For products without Prep Guidance, "Choose category" will appear in the Prep Guidance column. In order for Amazon to prep these products, you must follow these steps:

  1. Click "Choose category" from the "Prep guidance" column on the Prepare Products page.
  2. In the pop-up window, select the Prep Category that best fits your product from the Prep Category drop-down, or choose "No prep" if you believe that no prep is required.*
  3. For the given product select "Amazon" in the "Who preps?" column on the Prep Product page.

If you do not take these actions, or select "Seller" in the "Who preps?" column, then you will be responsible for preparing these products.

* See the Preparation Matrix for descriptions of prep categories and related prep activities. To learn more, visit Packaging and Preparation Requirements.

Select who labels the products

After determining who preps the products, you can select whether Amazon or you will be responsible for applying labels to each unit on the Label Product page of your Shipping Plan.

See FBA Label Service for additional information on labelling.

Preparation Service Fees

Per Unit Fee Standard-Size Oversize
Preparation Category Prep Labelling Total Prep Labelling Total
Fragile/Glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labelling
£0.40 £0.15 £0.55 £0.80 £0.15 £0.95
Liquids
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
£0.25 £0.15* £0.25 - £0.40 £0.50 £0.15* £0.50 - £0.65
Clothing, Fabric, Plush and Textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
£0.25 £0.15* £0.25 - £0.40 £0.50 £0.15* £0.50 - £0.65
Baby Products
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
£0.25 £0.15* £0.25 - £0.40 £0.50 £0.15* £0.50 - £0.65
Small
  • Bagging
  • Labelling
£0.25 £0.15 £0.40 n/a n/a n/a

*Label Service Optional. All products must have a scannable label that will be visible after prep is complete.

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