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Remove inventory automatically

You can set up automatic removals for your inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers. 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 the removal orders process, go to Remove inventory (overview).

For more information about inventory cleanup dates and long-term storage fees, go to Long-term storage fees.

Per-item removal fees apply. For more information, go to FBA removal order fees and FBA disposal 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, go to Expiration dates on FBA products.

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. For more information, go to Required removals.

You can remove unsellable inventory at any time by submitting a removal order. For more information, go to Remove inventory from a fulfillment center.

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

  1. Go to Automated unfulfillable settings.
  2. Click Enable.
  3. Optionally select one or more of the following value-recovery services for unsellable inventory:
  4. Select one of the following required removal options:
    • None (available only if you did not enable automated removals when you signed up for Refurbishment).
    • Return to have unsellable inventory returned to you.
    • Dispose to have unsellable inventory disposed of.
  5. If you selected Return or Dispose, select your preferred schedule:
    • Immediately
    • Weekly (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 28th day of month)
    • Bi-weekly (5th and 20th day of month)
    • Once a month (First day of month)
  6. If you selected Return or Dispose, provide 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 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 and refurbishment services, we 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 aged inventory automatically

You can choose to have aging inventory removed through automated fulfillable inventory settings. Once enabled, we’ll return, liquidate, or dispose of fulfillable inventory that's been in a fulfillment center for more than 365 days, as well as units of ASINs that have not sold for six or more consecutive months and that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 180 days.

Important: Removal orders will be created one to two weeks after the inventory cleanup date. For more information about cleanup dates and fees, go to FBA long-term storage fees.
  1. On the Settings menu, select Fulfillment by Amazon.
  2. Locate Automated fulfillable inventory settings, and then click Edit.
  3. Enable Automated long-term storage removals settings, Automated removal of ASINs with no sale, or both.
  4. Select either Return or Dispose as your removal preference.
    • If you select Return:
      1. In the Email address text box, enter 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, and the return address must be a physical street address.
      3. Click Update.
    • If you select Dispose:
      1. Optionally enable Liquidations to recover value from eligible units.
        Note: Once enabled, you can exclude ASINs from liquidation by entering them as a comma-separated list.
      2. In the Email address text box, enter your preferred email address.
  5. Click Update.

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