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Multi-Country Inventory

What is Multi-country Inventory?

Multi-country Inventory enables you to dispatch your FBA inventory to Amazon fulfilment centres in multiple countries of your choice across Europe. MCI offers the following benefits:

  • Your customers receive faster, local delivery when your products are located in fulfilment centres close to where they live.
  • Your listings qualify for accelerated shipping options including Amazon Prime 1-Day Delivery, FREE Delivery and Next-Day Delivery (where available).
  • You save on transportation costs when you send inventory in bulk to local fulfilment centres rather than dispatching individual orders across borders.

Further details about Multi-country Inventory can be found here.

How do I enable Multi-country Inventory?

You can enable Multi-country Inventory in either of the two ways described below.

  • Select an additional "Marketplace destination" country in the shipping workflow:
    1. Go to your Manage FBA Inventory page.
    2. Tick the checkbox next to the products you want to send/replenish and click Go.
    3. Click on the drop-down menu under Marketplace destination and select the country that you want to enable under the Dispatch to and enable storage in: section.
    4. Review the Multi-country Inventory Terms and Conditions and accept these by clicking on the Continue to shipping plan button.
  • Select additional countries in the Multi-country Inventory section of your FBA settings:
    1. Click on Settings > Fulfilment by Amazon in the top-right of your seller account.
    2. Click the Edit button on the right-hand side of the Multi-country Inventory Settings section.
    3. Tick the checkboxes next to all of the countries that you want to allow inventory to be dispatched to.
    4. Click Update to save your changes.
Note: Multi-country Inventory is only available after you have converted your listings to Fulfilment by Amazon.

How do I deactivate Multi-country Inventory?

You can deactivate storage for countries other than your home Marketplace country at any time in the Multi-country Inventory Settings section of your FBA Settings in Seller Central. You will no longer be able to dispatch your inventory to any country that you deselect, and we will prevent future inflow of your inventory for storage in that country unless you decide to reactivate the option at a later date.

All remaining units stored in a country that you deselect will continue to be part of your European inventory until you have sold or removed all units from that country. Standard local FBA fees will continue to apply. We will not offer trans-shipping to another European country's fulfilment centre. We will stop storing inventory in a deselected country when you have sold or removed all remaining inventory from that country. Note that inventory may temporarily reside in unauthorised countries in preparation for trans-shipping to an authorised location.

Follow these steps to deselect Multi-country Inventory:

  1. Click on Settings > Fulfilment by Amazon in the top-right of your seller account.
  2. Click the Edit button at the far right of the Multi-country Inventory Settings section.
  3. Untick the checkbox next to all of the countries that you no longer want to allow inventory to be dispatched to.
  4. Click Update to save your changes.

If I use the European Fulfilment Network, can I still use Multi-country Inventory and send inventory for storage in multiple countries?

Yes. You can use the European Fulfilment Network and Multi-country Inventory at the same time.

If you are out of stock in your fulfilment centre that is eligible for Multi-country Inventory, Amazon will dispatch your orders from one of its in-stock fulfilment centres. If you have listings in Marketplaces in countries where you do not have local inventory, we will remotely fulfil orders from your shared inventory pool. For example, if you list in the France Marketplace but only have inventory in fulfilment centres based in the UK and Germany, we will dispatch from your stock in either the UK or Germany. In such cases, you would be charged the European Fulfilment Network fulfilment fee rather than the Multi-country Inventory fulfilment fee, based on where we fulfilled the order from for the customer in France.

Note: The EFN fulfilment fee is no longer a surcharge. It is charged just like the domestic fulfilment fee.

To avoid unplanned fees, we recommend that you maintain your inventory levels in each country and replenish them often. To view stock levels on a per-country basis, use the Daily Inventory History report.

How do I manage my inventory and listings using Multi-country Inventory?

When you enable Multi-country Inventory, you will be able to send inventory to any of Amazon's European fulfilment centres. In the shipping Creation workflow, you will be able to choose from the available countries to send inventory to using the drop-down selector in the "Create Plan" stage of the workflow.

When listing in Amazon's other European marketplaces, you must also list your home Marketplace for Multi-country Inventory to work. This is the Marketplace where you first registered your seller account.

We recommend that you maintain your inventory levels in each country and replenish them often. To view stock levels on a per-country basis, use the Daily Inventory History report.

For more information about Multi-country Inventory, see here.

Is there anything else I should know about Multi-country Inventory?

Storing inventory in other countries may involve additional VAT obligations for your business, such as registration in the target country.

You are and remain solely responsible for complying with all applicable laws in each local marketplace in which you offer your products, as well as any obligations towards Amazon, in particular those contained in an applicable seller services agreement.

How much does Multi-country Inventory cost?

There are no additional fees for using Multi-country Inventory. You pay the standard FBA fulfilment fees, provided that you have stock in the fulfilment centre in the Marketplace where the order is placed.

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