The Prepare shipment page helps
you ship your inventory to Amazon. Follow the requirements below to help ensure safe and
on-time delivery to our fulfillment centers.
Preparing the shipment to Amazon is the fifth step in the six-step shipment
Set quantity for shipment to Amazon
Prepare your products for FBA shipping
Review/view shipments to Amazon
Prepare shipment to Amazon
Summary of shipment process
On the Prepare shipment page, you can
make selections regarding shipping method and carrier, and plan the number of boxes that
will make up the shipments you are preparing to send. As
part of this step, you also schedule and pay for your shipment, as well as print all of
the labels for your shipping boxes or pallets.
The number of boxes you can send in a shipment varies depending on the shipping method
Small parcel delivery (SPD) with a partnered carrier: 200 box limit.
Small parcel delivery (SPD) with a non-partnered carrier: 500 box limit.
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments: 5,000 box limit.
Change, modify, add or delete items in a shipping plan
On the Prepare shipment page, you can make small modifications to your
shipping plan. Your shipping fees will be automatically updated to match your revised shipping
plan. There is a limit on the number modifications you can make to a shipping plan in the
Prepare shipment page, so if you need to make additional changes beyond this limit:
Delete the shipping plan and create a new shipping plan with the correct quantity.
Cancelling a shipment
To delete a shipment plan use the Delete plan button at the bottom of
the Send/replenish inventory page.
To cancel a shipment, use the Delete Shipment / Cancel Shipment button at the bottom
of the Prepare Shipment page.
Important: If you want to change a shipment plan after you have approved it, you
must delete the entire shipment plan before you have begun shipping any portion of it.
Otherwise, you are required to send the items and quantity specified in the plan to the
destinations specified in the plan.
For more information about the FBA shipment policy and the possible actions we may take if
your shipments are not compliant with that policy, see Cancelled, misrouted and incomplete
If you do not want to split your shipments to multiple destinations, you can sign up for the
Inventory Placement Service and send all of your eligible inventory to a single
receive or fulfillment center (see the Inventory Placement Exceptions
section at the help page link above). When the shipment arrives, we route your products to
different fulfillment centers for you. A per-item service fee applies for the Inventory
Closing a shipment
Closing a shipment is not the same as cancelling a shipment. A shipment is closed when all
units have been received at the FC and there is no more activity for the shipment. This status
is automatically designated by the FC system when all units have been received. Some shipments
may remain in an open status pending audit, investigation, or claims for up to 90 days. You
may review shipment status, identify problems, and reconcile shipments on the Reconcile tab of
the Summary page.
Make sure you follow the Amazon shipment packaging
requirements to help prevent damage to your products while in transit. For more information,
see Shipping and routing
For items packed in boxes that are individually labeled for delivery, see the
Small parcel delivery (SPD) section on this page.
For boxes stacked on pallets, see the Less-Than or Full Truckload
(LTL/FTL) section on this page.
While creating your shipment, ensure you are selecting the
correct shipping method for your shipment. Shipments sent under a different or multiple
shipping methods or carriers may experience issues while requesting a delivery appointment or
may be refused at pickup. For more information about SPD and LTL/FTL appointments, see Scheduling advanced delivery appointments
packed in boxes that are stacked on pallets for transport by truck must adhere to Amazon's
Shipping and routing
Accurate carton weight and dimensions are required
for all shipments, even if you opt to not provide box content information in Seller Central.
For more information see: Shipping and routing requirements.
Small parcel delivery (SPD)
delivery (SPD) is for items packed in shipping boxes that are individually labeled for
delivery. These are normally smaller shipments that are sent via DHL, UPS, FedEx, or local
All boxes for small parcel delivery
Meet the shipping and routing
The units inside each box must be prepped
according to the Packaging and prep requirements page.
Have an FBA shipment label and a carrier label
Not weigh more than 50.00 lb unless they
contain a single oversize item that weighs more than 50.00 lb
Not exceed 25.00" on any side unless they
contain a single oversize item that measures more than 25.00"
Be properly packed to arrive at the fulfillment
Important: Box weight and dimension policies are strictly
enforced. Sending overweight or oversize boxes to the fulfillment center may lead to
blocking of future shipments.
Tip: There is a 1 lb minimum charge for
partnered-carrier shipments. For shipments that weigh less than 1 lb, the minimum charge
To complete your small parcel delivery request:
Select Small parcel delivery (SPD) and your preferred carrier.
Under Shipment packing, provide accurate information about the
contents of each box, including the quantity of each ASIN in each box, the required weight
and dimensions of the box, and any expiration dates. For more
information, see Provide box content information. Click
Important: Failure to provide accurate box content information might result in
blocking of future shipments, and a manual processing fee will be applied.
If you are using an Amazon partnered carrier, after you
have finished adding the boxes, click Calculate to get an
estimate of your shipping charge. Select I agree to the terms and
conditions, and then click Accept charges.
Select the label stock and click Print box labels.
A PDF file is generated for you. You can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader and print
your labels immediately or save the file and print your labels later. Make sure you print
the full set of labels. If you have selected an Amazon's partnered
carrier, there are two (2) labels for each box in your shipment: an address label for
the carrier, and an FBA shipping label, which includes information the fulfillment
center uses to verify the arrival and contents of the box.
Make sure you put the correct label on each box. If you modify
the number of boxes after you have already printed your labels, you must reprint the
entire set of labels for your shipment. For more information, see Shipment label
Important: Each shipment ID label is unique and
required. Do not photocopy, reuse, or modify labels for use on additional boxes. Not
properly labeling your cartons may lead to blocking of future shipments.
Affix the FBA shipment labels to the boxes.
If you are reusing boxes from previous shipments, remove or cover any other shipment
labels or markings. Do not place labels on the box seam. Whenever possible, place shipment
labels no closer than 1¼" from the edge of the box. The tape used to seal the box should
not cover the shipment labels.
Less-than or full truckload (LTL/FTL)
Less than truckload (LTL) is for cases or
boxes secured on pallets labeled for delivery. For LTL, the truck might contain shipments to
other destinations. If your shipment qualifies for Full Truckload (FTL), the shipment will go
directly to the fulfillment center. LTL and FTL shipments require a delivery appointment. For
more information, see Scheduling advanced delivery appointments.
For products shipped by truck:
Follow the shipment packing
All boxes on a single pallet must have the same
Every box on a pallet must have a unique FBA label. Do not photocopy, reuse, or modify
labels for use on additional boxes
Total shipment weight must be no less than
Single packed pallet weight must not exceed
Pallets must be made of wood, GMA standard
Grade B or higher, 40" x 48", with 4-way access
Boxes on pallets must not overhang the pallet
Boxes must be secured to the pallet with
plastic or stretch wrap
Items weighing more than 100.00 lb, longer than
80.00", or wider than 30.00" must be on their own pallet
Multiple boxes sold as a set that together
weigh more than 100.00 lb. must be on their own pallet
Pallets identified as stackable may be stacked
by the carrier
For more information, see Shipping and routing requirements
, and Truckload (LTL/FTL) packing requirements
To complete your Less-Than or Full Truckload request:
Select Less Than Truckload (LTL) and your preferred carrier.
In the Shipment packing step, follow the
directions to provide box content information for each of your boxes.
Box content information includes the quantity of each ASIN per box, the box weight and
dimensions, and expiration dates (if applicable).
Click Print box labels.
Affix a label to the outside of each box so they will be visible when the pallet is
unpacked at the fulfillment center.
Note: The steps below apply when shipping with an Amazon Partnered
Carrier. See the Amazon Partnered Carrier options for more
Type the height of your fully packed pallets (72.00" maximum), the
weight of each pallet (1,500.00 lb maximum), and the total number of pallets.
If you have pallets of differing heights and weights, click Add another
row to add more pallet definitions.
Under Freight-ready date, enter the date that your shipment will
be ready for pick-up.
Confirm that your contact information is correct.
To modify your contact information, click Change contact.
Select your freight class from the Freight class drop-down list.
If you do not know the freight class, select Estimate my freight
class and we will estimate it for you.
After you finish adding the boxes, click Calculate to get an
estimate of your shipping charge.
Select I agree to the terms and conditions, and then click
Important: If you want to change the shipping method or cancel the shipping
plan after you accept the charges, you can click Void Charges
(and obtain a refund of the shipping fees for that shipment). A Less-Than or
Full Truckload (LTL/FTL) must be voided or canceled within an hour of submitting a
shipment request and before sending any shipment in that shipment plan.
Click Generate box labels.
A PDF file is generated for you. You can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader and
print your labels immediately, or save the file and print your labels later. Make sure you
print the full set of labels.
Important: Each shipment ID label is unique and required. Do not
photocopy, reuse, or modify labels for use on additional pallets. Not properly
labeling your boxes may lead to issues receiving your units or blocking of future
Under Shipping Labels, enter the number of pallets you are
Click Print Pallet Labels.
Four (4) copies of each FBA shipping label for each pallet in your shipment will
be generated. The FBA shipping label includes information the fulfillment center uses to
verify the arrival and contents of the shipment. If you modify the number of pallets after
you have already printed your labels, you must reprint the entire set of labels for your
Affix an FBA shipping label to the top-center of each of the four sides of every
stretch-wrapped pallet in your shipment.