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Long-term storage fees

Inventory that has been in a fulfillment center for more than 365 days is charged a monthly long-term storage fee in addition to the monthly inventory storage fee. Long-term storage fees are assessed using an inventory snapshot on the 15th of each month.

FBA calculates inventory age on a first-in, first-out basis across the entire fulfillment network. Items sold or removed are deducted from the inventory that has been in the fulfillment network the longest, regardless of which unit was actually shipped or removed.

For example, if a fulfillment center associate picks and ships a unit that arrived in the fulfillment center recently, FBA will still deduct that unit from the oldest inventory in stock.

Fee details

Time of charge Monthly, typically between the 18th and 22nd day of each month
Fee structure Per unit stored. Rate based on unit volume or per-unit (whichever is greater).

Values used to calculate the fee

Quantity of units aged more than 365 days Refer to the Inventory Age report to determine the age of your inventory units.
Product volume Product dimensions and volume are measures of the product’s size when fully packaged and ready to ship in accordance with FBA policies and requirements. Refer to Product volume and dimensions to learn how to calculate product volume.

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Inventory that has been in a fulfillment center for more than 365 days will be charged a monthly long-term storage fee of $6.90 per cubic foot or $0.15 per unit, whichever is greater.

Fee examples

Toy: 11 x 8 x 2 inches Storage duration Applicable cubic-foot fee Applicable per-unit fee Billed long-term storage fee (the greater of the two)
1 unit More than 365 days $0.70 $0.15 $0.70
2 units More than 365 days $1.41 $0.30 $1.41
10 units More than 365 days $7.03 $1.50 $7.03
Book: 8 x 6 x 0.5 inches Storage duration Applicable cubic-foot fee Applicable per-unit fee Billed long-term storage fee (the greater of the two)
1 unit More than 365 days $0.10 $0.15 $0.15
2 units More than 365 days $0.19 $0.30 $0.30
10 units More than 365 days $0.96 $1.50 $1.50

Tools

Estimation tools

Inventory age Inventory Age report
Inventory health Inventory Health report
Recommended removals Recommended Removals report
Reporting tools

Long-term storage fee Long-Term Storage Fee report
Payments Payments - Transaction View

Frequently asked questions

How can I avoid long-term storage fees?

Active management of older inventory can help you avoid long-term storage fees. To remove older inventory before the next inventory cleanup date, consider one of the options below.

Mark down and sell through Amazon Outlet: Setting up a deal through Amazon Outlet can help you sell through older inventory. An Outlet deal is a promotional offer with a minimum discount of 20%. To learn more about Outlet deal requirements and setup, visit About Amazon Outlet.

Submit a removal or disposal order: If you submit a removal or disposal order for inventory before the cleanup date, that inventory won’t incur a long-term storage fee, even if it isn’t physically removed before the cleanup date. The deadline for submitting a removal order is 11:59 p.m. (PT) on the 14th of the month.

Set up automated removals: If you set up automated removals by the 15th of each month for inventory that is subject to long-term storage fees, that inventory won’t be charged long-term storage fees. To set up automated removals, go to the Settings menu in Seller Central and click Fulfillment by Amazon.

You can enable removal of all inventory subject to long-term storage fees or select a price range to determine which items are to be removed. You can also keep inventory that is priced above a certain amount in the fulfillment center, pay the long-term storage fees for those items only, and have the remaining items returned to you or disposed of. Standard removal fees apply.

When can you replenish your inventory?

If you remove units of an ASIN that would be subject to long-term storage fees at the next inventory cleanup date, you won't be able to send us more units of that ASIN for three months after that date. There is an exception to this policy if your inventory levels for the removed ASIN fall below our running eight-week sales projections.

Three months after the inventory cleanup date: Restrictions based on removals are lifted at this point. For example, if you remove inventory before the February 15 inventory cleanup, between January 16 and 11:59 p.m. (PT) on February 14, you’ll be able to send more units of that ASIN to fulfillment centers starting on May 15, unless your ability to send units of that ASIN has been restricted for another reason.

Inventory level falls below sales projection: We base our projection of your sales of an ASIN for the next eight weeks on your average sales rate for that ASIN during the preceding 90 days. At any point that your inventory level for that ASIN falls below eight weeks of cover, the removal-based restriction is lifted and you can send more units to fulfillment centers.

Your inventory utilization for that ASIN may not exceed the preceding 90 days of sales, or about 13 weeks of cover. Inventory utilization consists of your in-stock inventory plus any inventory on its way to a fulfillment center, from creation of a shipment order to receiving at the fulfillment center.

How much new inventory can you send?

For example, if the ASIN you removed sold 180 units in the preceding 90 days, we would project your sales for the next eight weeks as 112 units based on this calculation: 180/90 (units sold/day) x 7 (days/week) x 8 (weeks).

If your inventory utilization fell below projected sales (112), you could send more units of that ASIN to an Amazon fulfillment center, up to the number sold in the previous 90 days (180). So if your inventory utilization fell to 111 units, you could send up to 69 more units to the fulfillment center (180 - 111 = 69).

The table below provides more examples of how much new inventory you can send to fulfillment centers after you’ve removed items subject to long-term storage fees.

Sales in preceding 90 days Projected sales for the next 8 weeks Inventory on its way to a fulfillment center In-stock inventory Total inventory utilization Do projected sales exceed total inventory? Number of units you can send
270 168 70 100 170 No 0
270 168 70 85 155 Yes 115
1,000 622 500 200 700 No 0
1,000 622 500 100 600 Yes 400
9 6 12 10 22 No 0
9 6 3 2 5 Yes 4

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