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Remove inventory automatically

You can set up automatic removals for your inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers. For more information about the removal orders process, see Remove inventory (overview).

You can enable removals for unsellable inventory only, for inventory subject to long-term storage fees only, or for both types of inventory.

For more information about inventory cleanup dates and long-term storage fees, see FBA long-term storage fees.

Removal fees are charged per item removed. For more information, see FBA removal order fees.

Remove unsellable inventory automatically

When inventory in an Amazon fulfillment center is not in sellable condition, the status is changed to Unfulfillable and that inventory is set aside. If you don't create a removal order for your unsellable inventory within 30 days after Amazon notifies you of its required removal, it is likely to be automatically disposed of. See Required removals for more information. You can remove unsellable inventory at any time by submitting a removal order. For more information, see Remove inventory from a fulfillment center.

You can also choose to have unsellable inventory returned to you automatically by enabling the service in your seller account.


  1. On the Settings menu, click Fulfillment by Amazon.
  2. On the Fulfillment by Amazon Settings page, locate Automated Unfulfillable Removal Settings. Click Edit.
  3. On the Automated Unfulfillable Removal Settings page, click Enable and select one of the following:
    • Return to have unsellable inventory returned to you.
    • Dispose to have unsellable inventory disposed of.
  4. Select your preferred schedule:
    • Immediate
    • Weekly (on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 28th)
    • Twice a month (on the 5th and 20th)
    • Once a month (on the 1st)
  5. In the Email address text box, type your preferred email address.
  6. If you selected Return, provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
  7. Click Update.
Note:
  • Immediate removal is available only if you enable the option to automatically Dispose an item in the Automated Unfulfillable Removal Settings.
  • Immediate removal is only available for customer returns.
  • Items that are immediately disposed of will be reported in the FBA customer returns report.
  • Some items may not be eligible for immediate disposal. If you use the FBA Repackaging Service choose Amazon will stow, evaluate and repackage eligible returns to sellable inventory. If an item is evaluated and determined not eligible for repackaging and sale, the item will be disposed of on a weekly schedule. The usual storage and removal fees will apply.

Remove inventory subject to a long-term storage fee automatically

Important: If you have enabled automated long-term storage removals, removal orders will be created one to two weeks after the inventory clean-up date. For more information on inventory clean-up dates and long-term storage fees, see FBA long-term storage fees.

You can choose to have inventory that is subject to a long-term storage fee automatically removed. You can remove all inventory subject to the fee or select a price range to determine which items are returned to you.

You can also choose to keep inventory priced above a certain amount in the fulfillment center and pay the long-term storage fees for those items only, and have the rest either disposed of or returned to you.

  1. On the Settings menu, click Fulfillment by Amazon.
  2. On the Fulfillment by Amazon Settings page, locate Automated Long-Term Storage Removals Settings. Click Edit.
  3. On the Automated Long-Term Storage Removals Settings page, select one of the following:
    • Dispose of all inventory subject to long-term storage fees
    • Return all inventory subject to long-term storage fees
    • Set price guidelines for inventory to be returned or disposed of

If you selected Dispose of all inventory subject to long-term storage fees:

  1. In the Email address text box, type your preferred email address.
  2. Click Update.

If you selected Return all inventory subject to long-term storage fees:

  1. In the Email address text box, type your preferred email address.
  2. Provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
    Note: To avoid errors when saving information in your seller account:
    • The full name and address fields cannot be longer than 50 characters.
    • The return address must be a physical street address.
  3. Click Update.

If you selected Set price guidelines for inventory to be returned or disposed of:

  1. In the Email address text box, type your preferred email address.
  2. In the Disposal/Return settings section, do one or both of the following:
    • Select Dispose and type the lowest value and the highest value for the items that you want to have disposed of.
    • Select Return and type the lowest value and the highest value for the items that you want to have returned to you.
    Note: Items subject to a long-term storage fee priced above the highest value you have listed will remain in inventory and will be charged a long-term storage fee.
  3. If you selected Return, provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
  4. Click Update.

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