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Remove inventory automatically

You can set up automatic removals for your inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers. You can enable removals for unsellable inventory only, for inventory subject to long-term storage fees only, or for both types of inventory. For more information about the removal orders process, go to Remove inventory (overview).

For more information about inventory cleanup dates and long-term storage fees, go to Long-term storage fees.

Per-item removal fees apply. For more information, go to FBA removal order fees and FBA disposal order fees.

To preserve the customer promise, Amazon fulfills inventory based on its location to quickly deliver the order to the customer. We don't fulfill inventory in the order that it was received in our facilities. For more information, go to Expiration dates on FBA products.

Remove unsellable inventory automatically

When inventory in an Amazon fulfillment center is not in sellable condition, its status changes to Unfulfillable and it is set aside. If you do not create a removal order for your unsellable inventory within 30 days after Amazon notifies you of its required removal, it is likely to be automatically disposed of. For more information, go to Required removals.

You can remove unsellable inventory at any time by submitting a removal order. For more information, go to Remove inventory from a fulfillment center.

You can also choose to have unsellable inventory refurbished, liquidated, or returned to you automatically by enabling the service in your seller account.

  1. Go to Automated unfulfillable settings.
  2. Click Enable.
  3. Optionally select one or more of the following value-recovery services for unsellable inventory:
  4. Select one of the following required removal options:
    • None (available only if you did not enable automated removals when you signed up for Refurbishment).
    • Return to have unsellable inventory returned to you.
    • Dispose to have unsellable inventory disposed of.
  5. If you selected Return or Dispose, select your preferred schedule:
    • Immediately
    • Weekly (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 28th day of month)
    • Bi-weekly (5th and 20th day of month)
    • Once a month (First day of month)
  6. If you selected Return or Dispose, provide your preferred email address.
  7. If you selected Return, provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
  8. Click Update.
Note:
  • Immediate removal is available only if you choose Dispose in the Automated unfulfillable settings.
  • If you select immediate removal, unsellable customer returns will be disposed of immediately. Other unsellable units will be disposed of on the weekly schedule (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 28th).
  • Items that are immediately disposed of will be reported in the FBA Customer Returns report.
  • Some items may not be eligible for immediate disposal. If you use the FBA repackaging and refurbishment services, we will evaluate customer returns, repackage eligible items, and return them to sellable inventory. If an item is not eligible for repackaging and sale, it will be disposed of on the weekly schedule. The usual storage and removal fees will apply.

Remove inventory subject to a long-term storage fee automatically

Important: If you have enabled automated long-term storage removals, removal orders will be created one to two weeks after the inventory cleanup date. For more information on inventory cleanup dates and long-term storage fees, see FBA long-term storage fees.

You can choose to have inventory that is subject to a long-term storage fee removed automatically. You can remove all inventory subject to the fee or select a price range to determine which items are returned to you.

You can also choose to keep inventory priced above a certain amount in the fulfillment center and pay the long-term storage fees for those items only, and have the rest either disposed of or returned to you.

  1. On the Settings menu, click Fulfillment by Amazon.
  2. On the Fulfillment by Amazon Settings page, locate Automated Long-Term Storage Removals Settings.
    Note: If your permissions don’t allow you to complete these navigational steps, try the following: On the Inventory tab, click Manage FBA Inventory. Click Remove Unfulfillable Inventory, and then click Auto Removal Settings.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. On the Automated Long-Term Storage Removals Settings page, select one of the following:
    • Dispose of all inventory subject to long-term storage fees
    • Return all inventory subject to long-term storage fees
    • Set price guidelines for inventory to be returned or disposed of

    If you selected Dispose of all inventory subject to long-term storage fees:
    1. In the Email address text box, enter your preferred email address.
    2. Click Update.

    If you selected Return all inventory subject to long-term storage fees:
    1. In the Email address text box, enter your preferred email address.
    2. Provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
      Note: To avoid errors when saving information in your seller account, the full name and address fields cannot be longer than 50 characters, and the return address must be a physical street address.
    3. Click Update.

    If you selected Set price guidelines for inventory to be returned or disposed of:
    1. In the Email address text box, enter your preferred email address.
    2. In the Disposal/Return settings section, do one or both of the following:
      • Select Dispose and enter the lowest value and the highest value for the items that you want to have disposed of.
      • Select Return and enter the lowest value and the highest value for the items that you want to have returned to you.
      Note: Items that are subject to a long-term storage fee and that are priced above the highest value you have listed will remain in inventory and will be charged the long-term storage fee.
    3. If you selected Return, provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
    4. Click Update.

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