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Shipment label requirements

Help ensure your products arrive safely and quickly at an Amazon fulfillment center by following these important requirements for shipment labels and packaging your inventory.

After you decide what you'll be shipping to Amazon and determine the appropriate shipping method and carrier to use, it's time for labeling and packaging.

Each box and pallet you ship to an Amazon fulfillment center must be properly identified with a shipment ID label. Follow these guidelines for labeling your boxes:

  • Print the full set of labels. Because each label is unique, don't photocopy, reuse, or modify labels for use on additional boxes.
  • Labels supported measure 3 1/3 x 4 inches.
  • Don't place labels on a seam or opening on the box because they will be damaged when the box is opened.
  • Place both the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) shipment ID label and the carrier label (UPS, FedEx, or other) on a flat surface of the box so the barcodes don’t fold over the edges or corners.
  • Both labels must remain uncovered so they are scannable and readable.
  • Each box in the shipment must have its own FBA shipment ID label printed from your Shipping Queue.
  • Each pallet you send needs four labels, one on the top center of each side.
  • If you’re shipping multiple case packs in a master carton, apply the shipment ID label to the master carton. You don’t need to apply shipment ID labels to the case packs inside the master carton.

You can print shipment ID labels in the Shipment Creation Workflow. If you’ve already created your shipment, you can access it from the Shipping Queue.

Important: If you’re using a third-party application or website to create and print shipment ID labels, follow these specifications instead.

Making sure that your labels can be scanned quickly and easily when your shipment arrives at the fulfillment center helps to prevent delays in receiving your inventory.

Tip: The tools in your seller account are optimized for thermal printers. You can also use laser printers. Avoid using ink jet printers. If your printer attempts to scale the PDF print area when you print your labels, make sure the printer scaling is set to None or 100%. We also recommend that you periodically test your barcodes by scanning them.

Box content information

When you provide box content information during the shipment creation workflow, each shipment ID label will contain the information for a specific box. To avoid delays in receiving your inventory at the fulfillment center, make sure to put the correct label on the correct box. We recommend you verify that the SKU and number of units in each box match the SKU and number of units in the box content information you provided in the shipment creation workflow. To learn more, see Box content information for FBA shipments to Amazon.

Important: 2D barcodes do not replace Amazon shipment ID labels. If you use 2D barcodes to provide box content information, Amazon shipment ID labels are still required. For more information, see Using 2D barcodes for box content information.

Amazon-Partnered Carrier

In the shipment creation workflow, you'll have the option to take advantage of Amazon's discounted shipping rates. In the Select Carrier screen of the workflow, select Small Parcel Delivery as your shipping method and Amazon-Partnered Carrier (UPS) as the SPD carrier. After you click Save & Continue, enter the number of packages and the weight of each package.

The workflow will provide an estimate for the shipment. If you accept the charges, your account will be billed for the cost of shipping. If you decline the charges, you’ll be returned to the Select Carrier screen so you can choose another carrier option.

You can cancel charges for the shipment and use another carrier by clicking Void charges at the Shipping charges step, provided you cancel within 24 hours of accepting the charges.

Important: Canceling the shipment does not cancel the inbound transportation charge for the Amazon-Partnered Carrier. You must follow the steps above to void the charge. If 24 hours have passed since you approved the charge, you won’t be able to cancel it or get a refund.

After you've completed your shipment, make it available for your regularly scheduled UPS pickup or take it to a UPS location.

Note: The Amazon-Partnered Carrier may not provide insurance. We recommend considering third-party insurance.

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