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Restock limits by storage type: Frequently asked questions

How are restock limits by storage type determined?

Restock limits are set per storage type, based on your past and forecasted sales, allowing you to allocate these limits across your ASINs. You can view your restock limits by storage type and maximum shipment quantity from Inventory performance or Shipping Queue, by expanding your restock limits monitor at the bottom of the page. Your account will no longer be subject to ASIN-level quantity limits.

Why are you making these changes?

We are continuously improving our policies to improve the efficiency of our fulfillment network and to better receive your products. We believe that restock limits provide better flexibility to allocate your limits and manage the inventory that you send to Amazon.

How can I determine how much inventory I can send?

Go to your restock limits monitor and review your maximum shipment quantity by storage type. This can be used across your ASINs based on your choice and you will no longer be subject to ASIN-level quantity limits.

Important: Sending inventory above the maximum allowed shipment quantity is a policy violation and may result in cancellation of non-compliant shipments.

How do you calculate the maximum shipment quantity allowed?

Your maximum shipment quantity equals the maximum inventory level allowed minus utilization.

How do you calculate utilization?

Utilization counts against your maximum inventory level and helps determine your maximum shipment quantity. Utilization includes your current inventory at Amazon and all incoming shipments, including your shipments in Working, In transit, and Receiving status. Inventory pending removals and any reserved inventory are not included in the utilization calculation. To view the utilization number by sort type, go to your restock limits monitor and review your utilization by storage type.

Will my FBA restock limits change?

We continually assess our network capacity to find opportunities to increase restock limits and best support your business. You can see your most up-to-date limits by expanding your restock limits monitor at the bottom of the Inventory performance dashboard. We will update restock limits regularly. Selling Partner Support does not provide further guidance.

Why can't I create a shipment for some storage types?

You may be unable to create a shipment for your products for any of the following reasons:

  • The units in your shipping plan exceed your storage type’s maximum shipment quantity
  • Your sort-type utilization has exceeded your restock limit as shown in the restock monitor
  • You have exceeded your storage volume limit for that storage type
  • The ASIN has a policy restriction, such as for dangerous goods

How can I reduce my utilization to create additional shipments?

You can reduce the utilization of your limits either by decreasing the amount of inventory you have in a fulfillment center or cancelling open shipments for products that you do not intend to send to Amazon.

You can view and cancel any of your open shipments from the Shipping Queue. To cancel or delete a shipment, click the shipment name, or click View shipment or Track shipment. Then, click Cancel shipment or Delete shipment.

There are three ways to reduce your inventory in a fulfillment center:

  • Sell more inventory. For recommendations to increase sales, visit Manage excess inventory. In addition, you can use Multi-Channel Fulfillment to sell your inventory on other sales channels, such as your own website.
  • Request to have inventory returned to you by creating a removal order.
  • Request to have inventory disposed of by creating a removal order.

For more information, see Remove inventory (overview).

Important: When you submit a removal order or make similar changes, the inventory storage volume won't reflect the changes until your request has been processed, typically on the following day. Customer returns contribute to your overall inventory count.

How do my Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF) orders affect my restock limits?

MCF orders are included in your past and forecasted sales data, which is used to calculate your restock limits.

Will my products in FBA still be subject to ASIN quantity limits?

No. You can send inventory to Amazon within a storage type subject to restock limits. Restock limits will be applicable until further notice.

How are restock limits different than storage limits?

Storage limits are based on volume, measured in cubic feet, and determine the fulfillment center capacity you can use. Restock limits are based on units and determine how much inventory you can send to fulfillment centers. Restock limits apply regardless of your IPI score.

Both storage limits and restock limits may apply to your account.

Your current and potential storage limits and usage are shown when you expand Storage volume, which you can view in your Inventory performance dashboard and Shipping Queue.

Will you be making additional changes?

We will continue to make adjustments to best support your business and keep you informed along the way.

Can I change the storage type of a product?

No. Storage types are determined based on the product’s characteristics. To view the storage types your products are categorized under, go to FBA inventory age.

Can I trade restock limits for one storage type with limits for another storage type?

No. Restock limits cannot be traded between storage types.

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