This page provides information on the Amazon Partnered Carrier options available to FBA sellers for both small parcel and LTL/FTL shipments.
Amazon-partnered carriers offer deeply discounted rates, and the cost is billed to your account as an "Inbound Transportation Charge." There is a 1 lb. minimum charge for partnered carrier shipments. For shipments that weigh less than 1 lb., the minimum charge applies.
We will provide a shipping label you can print that you use with our carrier. The rates apply to deliveries within the 48 contiguous United States. You can cancel up to 24 hours after approving the charges.
After you complete your shipment, give your box to your scheduled pick-up driver or take the package to the local carrier of your choice.
For more information regarding loss and damage claims, please see the FBA lost and damaged reimbursement policy.
Amazon partnered carriers offer discounted rates to eligible sellers, and the cost is billed to your account as an "Inbound Transportation Charge." If your total shipment weight is more than 150 lb., you should consider using a partnered Less Than Truckload (LTL)/Full Truckload (FTL) carrier for cost savings. Sellers enabled for Amazon Partnered LTL/FTL will have the option to choose it as their shipping method when creating an inbound shipment.
To be eligible to use an Amazon-Partnered LTL/FTL carrier, you must:
For each shipment, you must:
Freight class is a standardized classification system used to determine the billable weight and risk of a shipment. Freight class is ranked from 50 to 500.
Sellers are expected to provide accurate packaging inputs when creating a shipment. This packaging information triggers a freight class estimate. If Amazon suspects the freight class of your shipment is too low, a warning will be displayed showing an Amazon estimated freight class. If you are unsure of your shipment's freight class, choose the Estimate my freight class option during the Shipping charges step of the Prepare Shipment workflow.
You will be asked to accept Amazon's estimated freight class. Be aware that shipments with rejected freight class estimates are subject to further investigation. Recurring issues with packaging inputs may lead to Amazon disabling your ability to reject freight class estimates.
For more information on freight class estimates, see Amazon Partner Carrier freight class.
If you don’t have a dock door or a forklift, you can still take advantage of the partnered LTL service by requesting lift gate service from the carrier. Although all partnered LTL carriers support lift gates, they do lift-gate pickups only a few days a week, which could delay the pick-up time. To be eligible for LTL Lift Gate Service, your shipment must be under 12 pallets and less than 20,000 lbs. To participate in this service:
More than 20 different carriers participate in the Partnered LTL/FTL program. When you create a shipment and choose to use the Partnered LTL/FTL program, we provide an estimated shipping charge and estimated pick-up date based on the characteristics of your shipments (number of pallets, weight, freight class, etc.) and the freight-ready date you provide.
Your pickup date will be on either the freight-ready date, or two days from when the estimate is accepted, whichever is greater. Give the carrier the Amazon generated Bill of Lading (BOL), which will be available in the shipment creation workflow on the day of your pickup. It also will be emailed to the address you listed as the Contact Person for the shipment. If you discuss your pickup appointment with the carrier, you should refer to your shipment by the Amazon Reference Number (ARN), which can be found on your Bill of Lading. ARN is different from your FBA shipment ID. When PCP carriers come for pickup, they will not have access to the FBA shipment ID.
You can cancel up to one hour after approving estimated charges by going to your Shipping Queue and following these steps:
Amazon Partnered Carrier options are also available through Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS). For more information about Amazon MWS, see Amazon Marketplace Web Service Overview.
*Non-Amazon Partnered LTL/FTL shipments require a delivery appointment.
To schedule a delivery appointment, follow these steps:
Amazon will respond to your carrier's request within 24 hours, at which time they will schedule a delivery appointment date and time based on availability.