On February 15 and August 15 of every year, FBA conducts an inventory cleanup. On these dates, inventory that has been in Amazon fulfillment centers between 181 and 365 days are assessed a long-term storage fee of $11.25 per cubic foot. Items that have been in fulfillment centers for 365 days or more on the inventory cleanup date are assessed a long-term storage fee of $22.50 per cubic foot.
Long-term storage costs
There is a cost for long-term storage space, and that cost is not built into our monthly storage cost structure. That is why we have the long-term storage fee. Any inventory that sells before they've been in our fulfillment centers for 180 days, or that sell after they've been in our fulfillment centers for 180 days or longer but before the inventory cleanup dates (February 15 and August 15), will not be charged the long-term storage fee. Likewise, any inventory for which you submit a removal request prior to the inventory cleanup dates will not be charged the long-term storage fee.
Long-term storage fee examples
Identify inventory subject to long-term storage fees
You can use the Inventory Age and Inventory Health report reports to identify which ASINs in your inventory are subject to the long-term storage fee. For each ASIN, you can view your inventory by the amount of time it has been in an Amazon fulfillment center, including:
This information can help you estimate the number of items that will have been in our fulfillment centers for 180 days or more in advance of the next inventory cleanup date.
The Recommended Removals report can also help you identify items subject to a long-term storage fee. This report automatically calculates on an ASIN-by-ASIN basis the number of items you need to remove (assuming no further sales) to avoid the long-term storage fee, and pre-populates a removal order request for those items. The report only identifies those items that are subject to long-term storage fees within the six weeks prior to each cleanup date.
You can find the Inventory Age page by clicking Inventory Planning under the Inventory tab in your seller account. For the Inventory Health and Recommended Removal reports, click Fulfillment under the Reports tab.
Long-term storage durations
The long-term storage fee is in addition to the monthly inventory storage fee. Only those items that have been in our fulfillment centers for at least 180 days will be assessed a long-term storage fee. The items that have been in our fulfillment centers for less than 180 days will not be charged a long-term storage fee.
FBA accounts for inventory on a FIFO basis across our entire fulfillment network. This means that, for the purpose of determining how long inventory has been in our fulfillment centers, we will account for the sale or removal of inventory by deducting it from the inventory that has been in our fulfillment network the longest, regardless of which physical item was actually shipped or removed.
A specific item is not subject to both 180-day and 365-day assessments at the same time. Inventory falls into one of three categories:
The fee is charged per cubic foot, not per item.
Remove inventory subject to long-term storage fees
Requests to remove inventory subject to long-term storage fees must be submitted prior to the next inventory cleanup date to avoid the long-term storage fee. Inventory pending removal is not subject to long-term storage fees. Inventory in sellable condition will be available for sale until the removal is complete. You will not be charged removal order fees for removed inventory until it has been returned to you or disposed.
You can set up automatic removals for inventory in fulfillment centers by changing your Automated Long-Term Storage Removal settings, which can be found by selecting Fulfillment by Amazon on the Settings menu in Seller Central.
You can remove all inventory subject to a long-term storage fee or select a price range to determine which items are returned to you. You can also 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.
Learn more on the Remove inventory automatically help page.
Requests to remove inventory subject to long-term storage fees will prohibit additional units of those ASINs from being shipped to fulfillment centers until a specified date. Inventory requested for removal through Automated Long-Term Storage Removals Settings will be similarly impacted.
You can continue to sell your remaining fulfillment center inventory of these ASINs. The ability to send in additional units of an ASIN may be regained if inventory levels fall below our projection of its sales for the next eight weeks. This projection is based on sales of the ASIN from the past 90 days.
Items sold after a long-term storage fee is charged
The long-term storage fee is charged up front. If an item sells shortly after the fee is charged, you will not receive a refund.
Start date for calculating inventory age
The fee is based on the date an item is received in the fulfillment center.
Purchase availability for items subject to long-term storage fees
When items are moved to a different physical location within a fulfillment center, they will be available for purchase by customers and eligible for Amazon Prime and FREE Shipping.