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FBA prep service

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

You can use the FBA Prep Service to have Amazon properly package and prepare your products for fulfilment.

Fulfilment by Amazon (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 receiving time, protects your products while in our fulfilment centres, and creates a better customer experience.

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

If you decide to use the FBA Prep Service, Amazon will prepare your eligible products for a per-unit fee. After you enable the service, you will be able to choose whether you or Amazon will prep products you send to fulfilment centres. When you build your shipping plan, we will provide an estimate of the prep fees based on the expected services for the selected products.

Note: If you use one of our prep services for products in the Fragile/Glass and Sharp prep categories, products must be packaged so they can withstand transit and 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 obstructed.

If you sign up for FBA Prep Service

  • For products that Amazon preps, you will be charged the applicable FBA Prep Service fees based on the services provided (refer to table below). The prep services we perform for your products are determined at Amazon’s sole discretion.
  • There are separate fees for standard-size and oversize products.
  • Your qualifying units may be split into multiple additional shipments.
  • If you have Amazon prep your products, FBA Label Service may be included automatically for select products, and you would be charged the applicable per-item fee.
  • We may discontinue the FBA prep service at any time.

Enable FBA Prep Service

To enable the FBA Prep 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 save settings to your Fulfilment by Amazon Settings?’, click Yes.

Choose who preps the products

Once you have enabled the FBA Prep Service, you can choose on the Prepare Products page of your shipping plan whether Amazon or you will prep each eligible product by following the steps below.

You can also choose who preps your products by default on your FBA Settings page. 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, in the Who preps? field select Amazon if you want Amazon to prep the product or Merchant 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 on the Prepare Products page. If you want Amazon to prep these products, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Choose category from the Prep guidance column.
  2. In the pop-up window, select the category that best fits your product from the Prep category drop-down list or select No prep if you believe no prep is required.*
  3. Select Amazon in the Who preps? column.

If you do not follow these steps or if you select Merchant in the Who preps? column, you will be responsible for preparing these products.

* Refer to the Preparation Matrix for descriptions of prep categories and related prep activities. To learn more, refer to Packaging and Preparation Requirements.

Select who labels the products

After determining who will prep the products, you can choose on the Label Products page of your shipping plan whether Amazon or you will apply labels to each unit.

For more information, refer to FBA Label Service.

FBA Prep Service fees

Per Unit Fee Small and Light Standard-size Oversize
Preparation category Prep Labelling Total Prep Labelling Total Prep Labelling Total
Fragile/Glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labelling
£0.40 £0.00 £0.40 £0.40 £0.15 £0.55 £0.80 £0.15 £0.95
Liquids
  • Bagging
  • Labelling
£0.25 £0.00* £0.25 £0.25 £0.15* £0.25 - £0.40 £0.50 £0.15* £0.50 - £0.65
Clothing, fabric, plush and textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labelling
£0.25 £0.00* £0.25 £0.25 £0.15* £0.25 - £0.40 £0.50 £0.15* £0.50 - £0.65
Baby
  • Bagging
  • Labelling
£0.25 £0.00 £0.25 £0.25 £0.15* £0.25 - £0.40 £0.50 £0.15* £0.50 - £0.65
Small
  • Bagging (Black or opaque)
  • Labelling
£0.25 £0.00 £0.25 £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 the prep is complete.

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