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2019 Fulfilment by Amazon storage fee changes (Europe)

Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) storage fees across the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will be adjusted to reflect the changing costs of inventory storage. We will no longer charge a long-term storage fee for inventory that has been in a European fulfilment centre for 181 to 365 days, and we will reduce Fulfilment by Amazon monthly storage fees for oversize items. These reductions reflect our continued investment in supply chain innovations.

For inventory that has been in a European fulfilment centre for more than 365 days, we will begin assessing the long-term storage fee on a monthly basis, and we are introducing a minimum charge for long-term storage fees.

The following changes take effect on August 1, 2019:

  • Discontinuing long-term storage fees on inventory aged 181 to 365 days: We will no longer charge a long-term storage fee for inventory aged 181 to 365 days. Accordingly, we will also waive the long-term storage fee for inventory aged 181 to 365 days during the February 15, 2019 assessment. The long-term storage fee for inventory aged more than 365 days will remain in effect.
  • Monthly charging of long-term storage fees: We will begin charging long-term storage fees on a monthly basis instead of semi-annually for inventory aged more than 365 days.
  • Minimum charge for long-term storage fees: We will introduce a minimum long-term storage fee of £0.10/€0.10 per unit, per month for items aged more than 365 days. The greater of the applicable long-term storage fee or minimum long-term storage fee will be charged.
  • Reduced monthly storage fees for oversize items: A separate reduced monthly inventory storage fee will go into effect for oversize items.

The changes above are also applicable to storage fees for Multi-Channel Fulfilment and FBA Small and Light (available in UK and DE). Changes to FBA fulfilment fees are expected to be announced in early 2019.

Additionally, we are reducing monthly storage fees for standard-size items in the Apparel and Shoes categories including accessories (e.g., handbags, wallets, belts, sunglasses) by 40%, starting April 1, 2019. See details

In the tables below, fees for the United Kingdom are shown in GBP, and the remaining European marketplaces are shown in EUR.

Long-term storage fee changes

Starting from 1 August 2019, we will no longer charge a long-term storage fee for inventory aged 181 to 365 days. For inventory aged more than 365 days, we will begin charging long-term storage fees on a monthly basis instead of semi-annually, and we are also introducing a minimum long-term storage fee charge of £0.10/€0.10 per unit, per month. The greater of the applicable long-term storage fee (based on the packaged volume of one unit) or per-unit minimum long-term storage fee will be charged.

Long-term storage fees
Prior to August 1, 2019
Inventory assessment date Items in fulfilment centres from 181 to 365 days Items in fulfilment centres for more than 365 days
Semi-annual (15 February and 15 August)

£12.50 per cubic foot/€500 per cubic metre

Will not be charged for the February 2019 cycle

£25.00 per cubic foot/€1000 per cubic metre
August 1, 2019 and after
Inventory assessment date Items in fulfilment centres from 181 to 365 days Items in fulfilment centres for more than 365 days
Monthly (15th of every month) Fee discontinued £4.30 per cubic foot/€170 per cubic metre with a minimum of £0.10/€0.10 per unit

Long-term storage fee examples

The examples below illustrate the updated minimum long-term storage fee, which goes into effect on 1 August 2019.

Inventory clean-up date: August 15, 2019 (and the 15th of each month following August)

Toy:

28.0 cm x 20.2 cm x 5.0 cm

Storage duration Applicable long-term storage fee Applicable minimum long-term storage fee Effective long-term storage fee
1 unit More than 365 days £0.43/€0.48 £0.10/€0.10 £0.43/€0.48
2 units More than 365 days £0.86/€0.96 £0.20/€0.20 £0.86/€0.96
10 units More than 365 days £4.30/€4.81 £1.00/€1.00 £4.30/€4.81
Book:

21 cm x 15 cm x 1.5 cm

Storage duration Applicable long-term storage fee Applicable minimum long-term storage fee Effective long-term storage fee
1 unit More than 365 days £0.07/€0.08 £0.10/€0.10 £0.10/€0.10
2 units More than 365 days £0.14/€0.16 £0.20/€0.20 £0.20/€0.20
10 units More than 365 days £0.72/€0.80 £1.00/€1.00 £1.00/€1.00

Monthly storage fee changes

Starting from August 1, 2019, a separate reduced monthly inventory storage fee will go into effect for oversize items. The monthly inventory storage fee for standard-size items will remain the same.

Monthly inventory storage fees
Prior to August 1, 2019
Storage month Standard-size Oversize
January–September £0.65 per cubic foot/€26 per cubic metre £0.65 per cubic foot/€26 per cubic metre
October–December £0.91 per cubic foot/€36 per cubic metre £0.91 per cubic foot/€36 per cubic metre
August 1, 2019 and after
Storage month Standard-size Oversize
January–September £0.65 per cubic foot/€26 per cubic metre £0.45 per cubic foot/€18 per cubic metre
October–December £0.91 per cubic foot/€36 per cubic metre £0.63 per cubic foot/€25 per cubic metre

Frequently Asked Questions

When do these changes take effect?

The changes to monthly inventory storage and long-term storage fees take effect on August 1, 2019. Accordingly, we are also waiving the long-term storage fee for items aged 181 to 365 days for the February 15, 2019 assessment.

What is the definition of an oversize item?

An item that has dimensions greater than 45 cm x 34 cm x 26 cm is defined as an oversize item.

What will happen to my inventory that is aged 181 to 365 days during the February 15, 2019 long-term storage fee assessment?

We are waiving the long-term storage fee for items aged 181 to 365 days for the February 15, 2019 assessment. The long-term storage fee for items aged more than 365 days will continue to apply at the current rates.

I have configured automated long-term storage removals for my inventory. Will my 181 to 365 day-old inventory still be removed or disposed of before the February 15, 2019 assessment?

Automated removal orders are only created for items that will be charged a long-term storage fee. As a result, your inventory aged 181 to 365 days will not be automatically removed prior to the February 15, 2019 assessment. Note that removal orders will still be created for inventory aged more than 365 days, and your settings will continue to apply during the changes that take place on August 1, 2019.

Which of my products will be charged the long-term storage fee, and how much will I be charged?

You can use the Inventory Age and Inventory Health reports (sign-in required) to identify which ASINs in your inventory are subject to the long-term storage fee. For each ASIN, you can view your inventory by the amount of time it has been in an Amazon fulfilment centre, including:

  • 0 to 90 days
  • 91 to 180 days
  • 181 to 270 days
  • 271 to 365 days
  • 365+ days

This information can help you estimate the number of items that will have been in our fulfilment centres for more than 365 days in advance of the next inventory clean-up date.

The Recommended Removals report can also help you identify items that are subject to a long-term storage fee. This report automatically calculates the number of items that you need to remove on an ASIN-by-ASIN basis (assuming no further sales) to avoid the long-term storage fee, and pre-populates a removal order request for those items.

You can find the Inventory Age page by clicking on Inventory Planning under the Inventory tab in your seller account. For the Inventory Health and Recommended Removal reports, click on Fulfilment under the Reports tab.

Do I need to do a daily review for inventory that will be charged the long-term storage fee?

No, but active management of aged inventory is encouraged, especially when your inventory will have been in our fulfilment centres for more than 365 days. If your inventory remains in our fulfilment centres for more than 365 days before being sold or removed (via a removal request), you will be assessed a long-term storage fee on the 15th of every month. You can use the Inventory Age and Inventory Health reports (sign-in required) to identify which ASINs in your inventory are subject to the long-term storage fee. All inventory is accounted for on a First In First Out (FIFO) basis.

What if I have some inventory that has been in Amazon fulfilment centres for more than 365 days and some for less than 365 days?

The items that have been in our fulfilment centres for 365 days or less will not be charged a long-term storage fee. Only those items that have been in our fulfilment centres for more than 365 days will be assessed the greater of the long-term storage fee or the minimum long-term storage fee.

FBA accounts for inventory on a First In, First Out (FIFO) basis across our entire fulfilment network. This means that, for the purpose of determining how long inventory has been in our fulfilment centres, we will account for the sale or removal of inventory by deducting it from the inventory that has been in our fulfilment network the longest, regardless of which physical item was actually delivered or removed.

Will I be charged both the minimum long-term storage fee and the long-term storage fee for a unit that has been in a fulfilment centre for more than 365 days?

No, a specific item will not be charged both a minimum long-term storage fee and long-term storage fee at the same time. If an item has been in our fulfilment centres for more than 365 days, you will be charged the greater of the applicable long-term storage fee (charged per cubic foot in the United Kingdom or per cubic metre in the remaining European marketplaces) and the minimum long-term storage fee (charged per unit).

Does my inventory need to be out of the fulfilment centre before the inventory clean-up date to avoid the long-term storage fee, or will submitting a removal request before the clean-up date be sufficient to avoid the fee?

Submitting the removal request before the clean-up date is sufficient to avoid the fee, even if the inventory has not physically been removed yet. Inventory in sellable condition will be available for sale until the removal is complete. You will not be charged for removed inventory until it has been returned to you or disposed of.

Is the long-term storage fee in lieu of the monthly inventory storage fee or in addition to it?

The long-term storage fee is in addition to the monthly inventory storage fee. The monthly inventory storage fee will continue to be charged each month.

Will this fee change affect Multi-Channel Fulfilment and FBA Small and Light?

Yes. All non-fulfilment fees for Multi-Channel Fulfilment and FBA Small and Light will continue to be the same as for regular FBA.

I have questions not addressed here. How can I get help?

If you’ve reviewed these fee change details and have additional questions, please contact Seller Support . If you do not have questions but would like to send the FBA team your feedback about this fee change, please email eu-fba-fee-announce-feedback@amazon.com. The Fulfilment by Amazon team will review Feedback sent to this address.

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