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FBA Prep Service

Learn about the different prep services available for inventory you send to Amazon fulfillment centers and their associated fees.

You can use the FBA Prep Service to have Amazon properly package and prepare your products for fulfillment.

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) has Packaging and prep requirements for products you ship to and store in Amazon fulfillment centers. Properly packaging and preparing units helps to reduce delays in receiving time, protect your products while in our fulfillment centers, and create a better customer experience.

Important: Planned prep or labeling, as part of the FBA Prep Service or FBA Label Service, may delay full receipt of your shipment. However, unplanned prep or prep that is not part of the FBA Prep or Label Service may further delay complete receipt of your shipments by up to 48 hours.

If you decide to use the FBA Prep Service, Amazon will prepare your eligible products for a per-unit fee. After you enable the service, you will be able to choose whether you or Amazon will prep products you send to fulfillment centers. When you build your shipping plan, we will provide an estimate of the prep fees based on the expected services for the selected products.

Note: If you use one of our prep services for products in the Fragile/Glass and Sharp prep categories, products must be packaged so they can withstand transit and be safely handled by our associates.

Minimum qualifications

  • Condition: Any (new, used, collectible, refurbished)
  • Product type: Any (media and non-media)
  • ASIN: Each unit must have a scannable barcode (ISBN, UPC, EAN, or JAN). The unit's barcode must not be punched out, marked over, covered, or otherwise obstructed.

If you sign up for FBA Prep Service

  • For products that Amazon preps, you will be charged the applicable FBA Prep Service fees based on the services provided (see table below). The prep services we perform for your products are determined at Amazon’s sole discretion.
  • There are separate fees for standard-size and oversize products.
  • Your qualifying units may be split into multiple additional shipments.
  • If you have Amazon prep your products, FBA Label Service may be included automatically for select products, and you would be charged the applicable per-item fee.
  • We may discontinue the FBA Prep Service at any time.

Enable FBA Prep Service

To enable the FBA Prep Service, follow these steps when creating your shipping plan:

  1. Select a product that you want Amazon to prep.
  2. On the Prepare Products page, select Amazon in the Who Preps? field.
  3. In the pop-up window "Are you sure you want save settings to your Fulfillment by Amazon Settings?" click Yes.

Choose who preps the products

Once you have enabled the FBA Prep Service, you can choose on the Prepare Products page of your shipping plan whether Amazon or you will prep each eligible product by following the steps below.

You can also choose who preps your products by default in your FBA settings page. Changing the default does not affect previously created shipments or any prep preferences you have defined for specific items.

For products with prep guidance

For each eligible product listed on the Prepare Products page of the shipping workflow, in the Who preps? field select Amazon if you want Amazon to prep the product or Merchant if you want to prep the product yourself. Amazon will be the default selection for products with prep guidance.

For products without prep guidance

Products without prep guidance may still have packaging and prep requirements. For products without prep guidance, Choose category will appear in the Prep guidance column on the Prepare Products page. If you want Amazon to prep these products, follow these steps:

  1. Click Choose category from the Prep guidance column.
  2. In the pop-up window, select the category that best fits your product from the Prep category drop-down list or select No prep if you believe no prep is required.*
  3. Select Amazon in the Who preps? column.

If you do not follow these steps or if you select Merchant in the Who preps? column, you will be responsible for preparing these products.

* See How to Prep Products (.pdf) for descriptions of prep categories and related prep activities. To learn more, visit Packaging and prep requirements.

Select who labels the products

After determining who will prep the products, you can choose on the Label Product page of your shipping plan whether Amazon or you will apply labels to each unit.

You can also choose who labels your products by default in your FBA settings page. Changing the default does not affect previously created shipments or any label preferences you have defined for specific items.

For more information, see FBA Label Service.

FBA Prep Service fees

Per unit fee Standard size Oversize
Prep category Prep Labeling Total Prep Labeling Total
Fragile/Glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
$0.80 $0.20 $1.00 $1.60 $0.20 $1.80
Liquids
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.20* $0.50 to $0.70 $1.00 $0.20* $1.00 to $1.20
Apparel, Fabric, Plush, and Textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.20* $0.50 to $0.70 $1.00 $0.20* $1.00 to $1.20
Baby Products
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.20* $0.50 to $0.70 $1.00 $0.20* $1.00 to $1.20
Sharp
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
$0.80 $0.20 $1.00 $1.60 $0.20 $1.80
Small
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.50 $0.20 $0.70 n/a n/a n/a
Adult
  • Bagging (black or opaque)
  • Labeling
$1.00 $0.20 $1.20 $2.00 $0.20 $2.20

*Label service optional. All products must have a scannable label that will be visible after prep is complete. Amazon may verify the weight and dimensions of a product using representative samples. Amazon’s information about a product’s weight and dimensions will be used to calculate fees if there is a difference between Amazon’s information and a seller’s information. Amazon may change its information about a product’s weight and dimensions from time to time to reflect updated measurements. Fees based on the weight and dimensions of a product are calculated using Amazon’s information about the weight and dimensions of that product at the time the fee is calculated.

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