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Prepare your products for FBA shipping

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.


  1. Set quantity for shipments to Amazon
  2. Prepare your products for FBA shipping
  3. Label your products
  4. Review/view shipments to Amazon
  5. Prepare shipment to Amazon
  6. Summary of shipment process
Important: Determining 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 catalog.

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.

Prep required

The Prep required tab on the Prepare Products page has guidance for items that have specific preparation requirements.

If you think the requirements for the product you have listed are not appropriate or essential, click Investigate to start a review.

Important: Items 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 service fees.

Prep requirements may include:

Poly bagging

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 shrink wrap.
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 to:

  • 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 granular products

Packaging products containing liquids

Packaging plush units

Packaging apparel, fabric, and textiles

Packaging jewelry

Packaging small products

Packaging baby products

Packaging adult products

Bubble wrap

Products that require bubble wrap must:

  • Be tightly wrapped and taped shut so the product cannot fall out
  • Have a scannable barcode label on the outside
  • 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.

Note: Products 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.

Tape

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.

Extra 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 in place
  • 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 No prep.

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 linens.
  • 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.

Next steps

After you have reviewed all of the prep guidance, click Continue.

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