This page provides information about the partnered carrier options that are available to Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) sellers for both small parcel deliveries (SPDs) and less than truckload/full truckload (LTL/FTL) shipments within the 48 contiguous United States.
Dangerous goods, also known as hazmat, cannot be shipped with Amazon partnered carriers. For details, see Dangerous goods identification guide (hazmat).
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 drop-off site 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 LTL/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 a shipment.
To be eligible to use an Amazon partnered LTL/FTL carrier, you must:
We determine billable weight for small parcel shipments as the higher of the shipment weight and the dimensional weight that you provide in the shipment packing information.
We estimate shipping cost based on the shipment packing information (box weights and dimensions) and the billable weight.
FBA offers a pickup service in select areas for shipments sent to local fulfillment centers. This service offers pickup within two days of scheduling, and offers fast delivery. For more information, see Amazon Freight LTL shipping service.
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 Partnered Carrier freight class.
If you don’t have a dock door or a forklift, you can still take advantage of the Amazon 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 service. When you create a shipment and choose to use the partnered LTL/FTL service , 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. The carrier assigned to your shipment will be displayed in the Prepare Shipment tab of your shipment as well as on your Bill of Lading (BOL). Please ensure you are providing the correct shipment to the assigned carrier, not doing so may result in additional fees or delays. Give the carrier the Amazon generated BOL, which will be available in the Track Shipment tab of the Shipment Summary on the morning of your pickup. It will also 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 BOL. ARN is different from your FBA shipment ID and required for pickup and delivery requests. When partnered carriers come for pickup, they will not have access to the shipment ID. Partnered carriers are unable to accommodate pick up appointments and will arrive on the provided pickup date.
You can cancel your shipment up to one hour after approving your Amazon partnered LTL shipment estimated charges and up to 24 hours after approving your Amazon partnered SPD shipment estimated charges.
Go to your shipping queue and follow these steps:
Amazon MWS also includes Amazon partnered carrier options. For more information, see Amazon Marketplace Web Service Overview.