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Packaging Small Products

On this page, you will learn how to properly prep products that are smaller than a credit card to protect them from dust or damage throughout the fulfillment process.

Important: Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfillment center, disposal or return of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, or charging for preparation or for noncompliance at the fulfillment center.

Any product whose largest side is less than 2-1/8" (the width of a credit card) needs to be packaged in a poly bag with the barcode on the outside of the bag to prevent the Unit from being misplaced or lost. This will also protect the unit from damage by tearing, dirt, dust or liquid during the fulfillment process. Some products may not be large enough to accommodate a label, and bagging the unit will allow the barcode to be fully scannable without wrapping over the edges of the product.

Related guidelines: Packaging Requirements - Poly bagged Units

Watch this brief video for examples of how to prep your products for shipment to and storage in Amazon fulfillment centers.

Packaging guidelines

Do... Do Not...
  • Package small units in transparent sealed bags (minimum of 1.5 mil.). Poly bags with a 5" opening or larger must be clearly marked with a suffocation warning label. Example: Plastic bags can be dangerous. To avoid danger of suffocation; keep this bag away from babies and children.
  • Place a product description label with a scannable barcode on the side with the greatest surface area.
  • Force a product into a bag that is too small.
  • Pack small products in bags that are significantly larger than the unit itself.
  • Pack small units in bags that are black or opaque.
  • Allow bag to protrude more than 3 inches past the dimensions of the product.

Permitted packaging materials:

  • Labels
  • Poly bags

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