In our continual efforts to receive your shipments more quickly and make your inventory available for sale faster, Amazon has updated its policy related to carrier and tracking information. The updated policy applies for sellers who send shipments to Amazon outside of the Amazon Partnered Carrier program.
Starting October 1, 2021, FBA sellers will be required to enter the carrier name and tracking information, where available, during shipment creation so that tracking information is provided before your shipment arrives at the fulfillment center. This change is not applicable for sellers who use the Amazon Partnered Carrier program or Amazon Global Logistics since Amazon will generate tracking information for you.
Providing carrier tracking information helps Amazon receive your inventory more efficiently and avoid delays in the receive process. Additionally, if your products are out of stock, Amazon can make them available for sale while in transit based on real-time tracking when In-Stock Head Start is active. For faster receive times, ensure that the tracking IDs for parcel shipments are mapped to the correct FBA box ID label on each box.
Tracking information can be provided to Amazon through the Seller Central shipment creation workflow, the Track shipment tab on the Shipment summary page, and through Amazon Marketplace Web Service. For parcel shipments, tracking IDs will be required for every box, where available. For less-than-truckload and full-truckload shipments, a freight progressive number (PRO) will be required for every shipment.
Amazon will measure your missing tracking information defect rate at the shipment level. For more information, go to Carrier and tracking information requirements.
For instructions on uploading tracking information and tracking the status of your shipments, go to Track your shipments: Shipping Queue and Shipment Summary.