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