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Packaging and prep requirements

Learn about the general preparation requirements for sending inventory to Amazon fulfilment centres as well as the specific product categories that require specialised prep.

Before sending products to fulfilment centres, it is important to know what is suitable for the Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) process and what is not. For more information, refer to FBA product restrictions and Shipping and routing requirements.

Note: Inventory that arrives at a fulfilment centre without proper preparation or labelling may incur a preparation fee.

Sold as a set

Units that are sets (for example, a NASCAR set of six unique Hot Wheels cars, sold as one unit) must be marked as sets on their packaging. Add a label to the unit that clearly states that the products are to be received and sold as a single unit. For example, ‘Sold as set’, ‘Ready to ship’ or ‘This is a set. Do not separate’.

Watch this brief video for examples of how to prepare your products for shipment to and storage at Amazon fulfilment centres.

How to prep products sold as a set (in English)

Not permitted: Separate units within a set. Permitted: Units clearly labelled as a set and sealed so they cannot be separated.
Not permitted: Separate units within a set. Permitted: Units clearly labelled as a set and sealed so they cannot be separated.

Provide a unique ASIN for the set if the individual units in the set already have an ASIN. For bundled sets, the barcodes on the individual units must not face outward or require covering. This helps ensure that fulfilment centre associates scan the barcode for the pack, not the barcode for the individual units inside.

Boxed units

  • Must be six-sided.
  • Must have openings or a lid that will not easily open on its own. If the box can easily open on its own, use tape, glue or staples to keep it closed.
  • Must not collapse when medium pressure is applied to any of the sides.
  • If the boxed unit has perforated sides or openings, the product must pass a 125 cm drop test, consisting of one drop on each side and one drop on a corner. If the product does not pass the drop test, it must be placed in a poly bag with a suffocation warning.

Watch this brief video for examples of how to prepare your products for shipment to and storage at Amazon fulfilment centres.

How to prep products with perforated packaging (in English)

Poly-bagged units

Poly bags used to protect units must meet the following requirements:

  • The thickness of the bag must be at least 1.5 mil (0.0254 mm).
  • The poly bag must be transparent.
  • The poly bag must have a barcode (UPC, EAN, etc.) or X00-label that is scannable through the bag or have an X00- or ASIN label on the outside of the bag.
  • Poly bags must be completely sealed.
  • The poly bag or shrink wrap should not protrude more than 7.5 cm past the dimensions of the product.

Note: Highly scented products (such as candles, incense or bully sticks for dogs) must be sealed or bagged to prevent absorption of the scent into other products.

Case-packed products

  • All products in a box must have matching SKU and condition and must have been packaged together by the manufacturer.
  • All boxes with the same product must contain equal quantities of that product in each box. For example, a case pack of 24 units must always contain 24 units.
  • The case pack limit is 150 units per case.
  • While receiving this type of delivery, the fulfilment centre scans one unit from the box and the box is placed in inventory. There is no need to scan every unit because they are all the same.
  • In some cases, a manufacturer or distributor may package more than one case pack into a larger box called a primary carton. Primary cartons do not qualify as a case pack and must be split at the appropriate case pack level.

Watch this brief video for examples of how to prepare your products for shipment to and storage at Amazon fulfilment centres.

How to ship case-packed products (in English)

Note: For case-packed items, you must remove or cover any scannable barcode from the case. Only the units within the case can have scannable barcodes.

Individual items: Each box may contain one or more products of varying quantities and conditions. Case-packed products: All products in a box must have matching SKU and condition. All boxes with the same product must contain equal quantities of that product in each box and must have been packed by the manufacturer.

Expiry dates

  • Products that expire must include the expiry date on the primary carton in 36-point or larger font and on the individual units. Lot numbers alone are insufficient.
    • Expiry dates must be displayed in the format DD-MM-YYYY or MM-YYYY. If the expiry date is printed in a different format, a sticker with the correct format must be applied, covering the original expiry date.
  • Products that expire and are contained in packaging that requires additional prep, such as glass jars or bottles, must be prepped to ensure that the expiry date is accessible for Amazon associates during the receiving process.
  • For more information about requirements for products with expiry dates, see Expiry-dated FBA inventory.

Watch this brief video for examples of how to prepare your products for shipment to and storage at Amazon fulfilment centres.

How to label products with expiry dates (in English)

Marketing materials

Amazon will not accept marketing materials such as pre-priced labels, pamphlets, price tags or other non-Amazon labels.

Safety

Use safety knives with covered blades when packing products. This helps prevent sharp objects such as blades from being accidentally left in boxes and potentially injuring an Amazon associate or Amazon customer.

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