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FBA Liquidations

FBA Liquidations is a programme designed to help you recover value from excess and customer-returned inventory, avoid storage fees, and prevent inventory from being disposed or returned.

Important: The FBA Liquidations Program is invite-only and starts on October 30, 2020. It is not possible to create liquidation orders before this date. If you are interested in joining the programme, please fill out this survey.

How it works

Instead of paying to dispose or remove excess and customer-returned FBA inventory, you can choose to use FBA Liquidations to have the inventory liquidated through a trusted provider. By liquidating inventory, you recover a portion of your inventory cost while avoiding the cost of monthly and long-term storage fees. For example, instead of paying Amazon to dispose of your inventory, you can receive payment (your “net recovery value”) by liquidating your inventory.

Amazon will attempt to arrange a buyer for the eligible items that you submit for liquidation within 30 days of your submission. If successful, Amazon will transfer the amount that the buyer pays for these items, net of fees, to your seller account. The net recovery value will appear in your account within approximately 60 days after the shipment is marked as Completed in the Removal Order Details page in Seller Central. By participating in this program, you agree to the Terms and Conditions.

How Amazon will calculate your net recovery value

Amazon will first determine the value of your inventory, evaluating several factors including:

  • Your sales history
  • The average FBA selling price on Amazon
  • The sales history of the specific ASIN

Based on contracted rates, third-party liquidators will purchase this inventory for a gross recovery value, which may vary based on contracted rates with liquidators. Programme fees will be waived for all orders submitted until March 31, 2021. Starting on April 1, 2021, Amazon will deduct a fee for each liquidation order and you will receive the net recovery value. The promotional period is subject to change.

Once eligible inventory is submitted in a liquidation order, monthly storage fees and long-term storage fees will cease to accrue for that inventory.


Starting on April 1, 2021, Amazon will apply two separate fees to each item you liquidate:

  1. Per-unit fee based on size and weight (UK/EU: Table 1)
  2. 14% referral fee on the gross recovery value

Please note that FBA Liquidations is currently an invitation-only program. If you wish to participate, please fill out this survey.

Table 1: Per-unit fee based on size and weight

Standard-size Fee (per unit)
0-200 g £0.25/€0.25
201-500 g £0.25/€0.25
501-1,000 g £0.45/€0.45
1,001+ g

£0.50 + £0.40 for each incremental 1,000 g*

€0.50 + €0.40 for each incremental 1,000 g*

Oversize Fee (per unit)
0-500 g £0.50/€0.50
501-1,000 g £1.00/€1.00
1,001-2,000 g £1.50/€1.50
2,001-5,000 g £2.50/€2.50
5,001+ g

£3.00 + £0.40 for each incremental 1,000 g* /

€3.00 + €0.40 for each incremental 1,000 g*

*Incremental weights are rounded up to the nearest 1,000 g.

Eligible products

The eligibility of an ASIN for liquidation is subject to legal, safety, and regulatory guidelines. Products not eligible for liquidation include:

Create a liquidation order

  1. Create a liquidation order from Seller Central:
  2. On the Create Removal Order page, under Method of Removal, select Liquidate.
  3. Choose the amount of unfulfilable or fulfilable quantity to liquidate. Click Continue when ready.
  4. After reviewing your order, click PlaceOrder to finalize the liquidation request.
Note: Please confirm your order prior to submitting. Liquidation orders can't be cancelled.

Track your liquidation orders

Estimated timeline Track status
Day 0
  • Liquidation order is submitted
  • Monthly storage fees and long-term storage fees stop accruing
Day 0 - 30
  • Inventory is reserved and shows as In Process Qty on the Removal Order Detail report. The order status shows as Pending. The status will remain Pending until all inventory has been moved out to Completed Qty.
  • Inventory is shipped to liquidator.
  • Inventory shows as the quantity in Completed Qty in Removal Order Detail report.

The order status changes to Completed.

  • You can review the anticipated recovery amount you will be paid via two options:
    • In Seller Central, under Reports, click on Tax document library, select Amazon VAT calculation and change the Report Type to VAT invoices.
    • Within a specific order on the Removal Order Detail report, click the View recovery summary button (Note: View recovery summary appears once a liquidation order is completed.)
Day 90 or before
  • You will be paid for the net recovery value. See the payments for your shipped liquidation inventory on your Payments page. Within the View recovery summary for your liquidation order, see the column Shipment order ID. This is a list of all shipment orders in your liquidation order. Payment will appear under each shipment order ID in your account within approximately 60 days after the units is marked Completed in the Removal Order Detail page in Seller Central.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will I receive for the items I liquidate?

On average, the maximum recovered value is about 20%* of the average selling price of your ASIN. There is no guarantee of the amount that you will recover through FBA Liquidation.

*This result may vary based on contracted rates with third-party wholesale liquidators that buy the inventory. Amazon cannot guarantee a set recovery rate.

Can I use the inventory I submitted for liquidation to fulfill customer orders while it is pending liquidation?

After you submit a liquidation order, your inventory is still available to fulfill customer orders while liquidation is pending. If your inventory is used to fulfill a customer order while liquidation is pending, you will receive the proceeds of sale rather than a liquidation payment. When the inventory is liquidated and no longer available to fulfill orders, it will show up as Complete in your Removal Order Detail report.

What happens if an item I select for liquidation is not eligible for liquidation?

You will receive an error message in the create removal order workflow to let you know if you have selected inventory that is not eligible for liquidation.

Will Amazon help me calculate tax for items liquidated through the programme?

Yes. To participate in the program, you will be required to enroll in the VAT Calculation Service. This free service provides you with billing and VAT calculation reporting functionalities. Learn more about VAT Calculation Service. Amazon does not give tax, legal or other professional advice. You should consult your tax advisor to help you understand your VAT obligations.

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