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Manage your delivery time

Amazon provides the estimated delivery time to buyers on the offer listing and checkout pages. This is the estimated time between when the buyer places the order until the order delivery date.

Enable the following configuration using your shipping settings:

Total Delivery Time = Handling Time + Transit Time (+ any holidays and weekends)

Note: Amazon calculates handling time and transit time in business days.
  • Handling Time: The estimated time between when the buyer places the order until you hand the order over to a delivery service.
  • Transit Time (also known as Shipping Time): The time elapsed between when you hand the shipment over to your carrier until its delivery to the customer’s address.

Configuring an accurate delivery time for your products help ensure a good customer experience and might improve sales.

  • Customers are more likely to buy items that have faster delivery.
  • Items with a faster delivery date are more likely to win the Buy Box on Amazon. For more information, see How the Buy Box Works.

Modify your delivery time


  1. Modify handling time: An account level default handling time of either 1 business day or 2 business days will apply to all your products unless you specifically change the handling time for each of your products. You can view/update your default Handling Time in the General Shipping Settings tab of the Shipping Settings page. If you expect to take longer than the defined default handling time to ship specific products, you can set longer handling times for these products by updating the handling time via Seller Central’s Manage Inventory page (one product at a time) or Inventory Excel file uploads (for bulk updates). Go to Modify handling time to learn more.
  2. Modify transit time: Edit your shipping templates within Shipping Settings to customize your transit times. To learn more, see Modify transit time
  3. Enable Premium Shipping Options, including Same-Day Delivery.
  4. Enable weekend operations: Monday through Friday are considered mandatory operating days. You may turn on Saturday and Sunday as optional operating days. When turned on as an operating day, they will be considered a part of the calculation of the Estimated Ship Date, that is, you will be required to ship orders over the weekend.
  5. Weekend delivery: Currently applicable only to sellers with automated shipping templates. Amazon will automatically make a delivery promise over the weekend if the carrier enabled in your shipping template actually delivers over the weekend to the customer ZIP code.

Transit Time Requirements

To view the default transit times, see Default transit times.

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