Some products require specific preparation so they arrive at
Amazon fulfillment centers in the best condition. Prep guidance for many products is
available in the Prepare products step as you create your shipment.
You can also have Amazon do the prep for you for a per-item fee.
Preparing your products is the second step in the six-step
shipment creation process.
Set quantity for shipments to Amazon
Prepare your products for FBA
Label your products
Review/view shipments to Amazon
Prepare shipment to Amazon
Summary of shipment process
the type of preparation required to ship your products safely to Amazon is your
responsibility, even if prep guidance for your specific products is not available in the
shipment creation workflow. Visit packaging and prep requirements
for details on how
to prep many common product types.
FBA Prep Service
If you want Amazon to prepare your products for you, select Amazon
under Who preps. For more information about the
per-item cost, see FBA Prep Service fees.
Important: FBA can prep only
products that have a single UPC or EAN that corresponds to an ASIN in Amazon’s product
Even if you sign up for the FBA Prep Service, package your products so they will arrive
safely at the fulfillment center. Package fragile, glass, and sharp items in such a way
that they arrive intact and that fulfillment center associates can handle them safely.
Important: If you do not select
Amazon in the Who preps column, you are
responsible for ensuring that your products meet all FBA prep requirements for shipping.
The Prep required tab on the Prepare
Products page has guidance for items that have specific preparation
If you think the requirements for the product you have listed are not appropriate or
essential, click Investigate to start a review.
that have not been prepared according to the requirements will be subject to charges for
unplanned prep services at the fulfillment center. Learn more about unplanned
Prep requirements may include:
Products that require poly bagging should be completely sealed in a
clear polyethylene bag that is at least 1.5 mil thick. Make sure the barcode can
be scanned through the bag, or place a barcode label on the outside.
Note: Adult products must be packaged using black, opaque poly bagging or
Bags that have an opening that measures more than 5 inches
when laid flat must have a suffocation warned printed on or affixed to them in a
prominent location and in a legible font size.
Poly bagging may be required
Prevent leaks or spills from damaging other items in the shipment — usually
for liquids and powders
Protect items from dust or dirt
Prevent loose items from being separated, such as individual items being
sold as a set
For more information about specific product categories that may require
poly bagging, see:
Packaging pellets, powders, and
Packaging apparel, fabric, and
Products that require bubble wrap must:
Be tightly wrapped and taped shut
so the product cannot fall out
Have a scannable barcode label on
Be able to pass a 3-foot drop
test on a hard surface without the contents breaking. A drop test consists
of five drops:
Flat on base
Flap on top
Flat on longest side
Flat on shortest side
On a corner
Bubble wrap may be required because the item is:
Fragile and could be easily
damaged during transit
Heavy or dense and could damage
other items during transit
For more information, visit Packaging glass
ceramic breakable and fragile units.
that expire and are contained in packaging that requires additional prep, such
as glass jars or bottles, must be prepped to ensure that fulfillment center
associates can see the expiration date. For more information, visit Expiration-dated FBA inventory
Products with this requirement need additional taping beyond what might normally
be used to seal a box or poly bag or secure bubble wrap around an item.
taping may be required if the item:
Might fall out of its packaging if
the container is not taped shut
Might leak if the lid is not taped
Needs tape to be fully sealed
within the container
Prep may be required
Click the Prep may be
required tab to see products for which prep guidance is not available.
This may be because the product has not been sent in before or has not been classified
as having a specific prep requirement.
If you know the prep required for those products, click Choose
category in the Prep guidance column, and from the
drop-down list select the prep category that best suits your product.
If your product does not require additional prep, you can skip this step or select
The prep categories are:
Baby products: includes plush toys and other
products for children 3 and under, such as teddy bears, pacifiers, and baby bottles.
Sharp: includes items that have sharp edges or are
pointed, such as knives, scissors, and some tools.
Fragile/glass: includes items that can break or
shatter, such as glassware, china, and picture frames.
Apparel on hanger: includes
dresses, coats, and baby clothes.
Apparel, fabric, plush, and textiles: includes
products made of cloth or textiles, including apparel not on hangers, blankets, and
Small: includes products smaller than 2⅛ inches on
the longest side, such as jewelry, key chains, and flash drives.
Adult: includes products displaying potentially
offensive material, including explicit magazines and movies.
Liquids not in glass containers: includes liquids
or gels of more than 16 oz in plastic bottles or jars, such as liquid soap, sprays,
and lotions. Treat liquids in glass bottles or jars as fragile.
Powder, pellets, and granular: includes powders,
scented home products, and powdered detergents.
Perforated packaging: includes display-case-packed
items such as candy displays or granola bars.
Mattresses: includes all
mattresses, but does not include mattress accessories.
No prep needed: includes
case-packed items that do not have perforated packaging and are sold as a single unit
inside a case.
After you have reviewed all of the prep guidance, click Continue.