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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.

Per-item removal fees apply. For more information, see FBA removal order fees.

To preserve the customer promise, Amazon fulfills inventory based on its location to quickly deliver the order to the customer. We don't fulfill inventory in the order that it was received in our facilities. For more information about inventory expiration, see Expiration-dated FBA inventory.

Remove unsellable inventory automatically

When inventory in an Amazon fulfillment center is not in sellable condition, its status changes to Unfulfillable and it is set aside. If you do not 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.
    Note: If your permissions don’t allow you to complete these navigational steps, try the following: On the Inventory tab, click Manage FBA Inventory. Click Remove Unfulfillable Inventory, and then click Auto Removal Settings.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. In the Email address text box, enter your preferred email address.
  7. If you selected Return, provide the address and phone number for the delivery destination.
  8. Click Update.
Note:
  • Immediate removal is available only if you choose Dispose in the Automated Unfulfillable Removal Settings.
  • If you select immediate removal, unsellable customer returns will be disposed of immediately. Other unsellable units will be disposed of on the weekly schedule (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 28th).
  • 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, Amazon will evaluate customer returns, repackage eligible items, and return them to sellable inventory. If an item is not eligible for repackaging and sale, it will be disposed of on the 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 cleanup date. For more information on inventory cleanup 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 removed automatically. 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.

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