While it is one of the most labor-intensive types of loading, you may not be able to
avoid Floor Loading your products when shipping Less than Truckload (LTL), Full
Truckload (FTL), or Full Container Load (FCL) deliveries to Amazon fulfillment
When loading packed products directly on the floor, rather than using pallets or other
containers, it takes longer for the fulfillment centers to process, which may impact
your products availability for sale on Amazon and unload times. Carriers may also apply
additional charges if your shipments require extensive handling.
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. Please share these
requirements with your carrier or vendor to ensure that they fully understand these
Load quality requirements
All shipments should be properly secured
using load bars/straps. It is the shipper's and the carrier's responsibility to
ensure that shipments are loaded into a trailer in a manner that prevents the load
from shifting during transit. When using Intermodal transportation (COFC), always use
a load strap, never a load bar to secure loads.
should only be loaded into containers that are at least 243.84 cm tall and make
sure that the overall height of the carton stack allows 3 inches of clearance from
the top of the stack to the roof of the container.
Ensure that all boxes (regardless of
weight) comply with the clamp truck instructions listed below.
Important: If the load quality does not meet Floor Loading policy, your shipment
may take longer to receive and you may be contacted about your shipment. Load quality
issues may result in charges for unplanned services or refusal of shipments.
Clamp Truck Guidelines
Any floor-loaded trailer must be categorized as being "clampable" or
"non-clampable." If freight is described as clampable, it must be able to be completely
unloaded from a trailer using a clamp attachment to a powered industrial machine for
lift. These are forklifts with hydraulic attachments that open and close around a load
to squeeze and pick it up. If freight is described as non-clampable, it can only be
unloaded from a trailer by hand. "Clampable" or "non-clampable" freight must meet the
When loading the
trailer, maintain at least 3 inches between stacks and between stacks and
Make sure that the
overall height of stack allows 6 inches of clearance from the top of the stack
to the roof of the container.
Arrange each tier to be uniform and
aligned relative to the other tiers on the footprint so that all four sides of the
freight stack can be safely accessed by a clamp truck. Tier heights may vary.
Use spacers between stacks to prevent
them from shifting during transit. All shipments should be properly secured using
load bars/straps. It is the shipper's and carrier's responsibility to ensure that
shipments are loaded into the trailer in a manner that prevents the load from
shifting during transit.
Slip sheet guidelines
When slip sheets are used instead of pallets, be sure to follow
Insert slip sheets between the floor and
product, as well as between layers. The overall height of the
stack should allow 6 inches of clearance from the top of the stack to the roof
of the container.
Use only slip sheets of
industry-standard pallet size (40 inches by 48 inches).
Products exceeding 48
inches in length must be loaded along the length of the container or trailer.