Fulfillment by Amazon’s (FBA) Packaging and prep requirements and Shipping and routing requirements provide the requirements for our fulfillment centers to accurately receive and store your products. If you do not follow these requirements, Amazon sends your items through an alternate path for unplanned services, such as prep, labeling, and manually processing shipments, which may delay our processing of your inventory and affect your ability to sell products quickly.
FBA tracks problems encountered at the fulfillment center in order to provide you information and insight into your supply chain. You can view your Inbound performance summary for further details on problems we experienced receiving your shipments at our fulfillment centers and the actions you can take to avoid these issues in the future.
About unplanned service fees
In some circumstances, FBA may charge you an unplanned service fee if items you sent us did not include the required label or prep when they arrived at the fulfillment center. Unplanned service fees are charged per unit. Rates are shown in the table below.
|Problem group||Problem||Problem rate||Unplanned service fee based on coaching level|
|Label missing - product related||Amazon barcode missing||Product level||$0.20||$0.40||$0.40|
|Unplanned prep - product related||Taping||Product level||$0.20||$0.40||$0.40|
|Unplanned prep - bagging||Bagging||Product level||$0.70||$1.40||$1.40|
|Unplanned prep - bubble wrap||Bubble||Product level||$1.00||$2.00||$2.00|
You can see your unplanned service fees in the following locations:
How to dispute unplanned service fees
If you believe FBA charged you an unplanned service fee in error, you can submit an investigation request to dispute it. If you do so, we will review the issue reported at the fulfillment center and will assess if a reimbursement is due. We will only consider investigation requests you submit within 30 days of when the problem is reported to you. For more information on how to dispute an unplanned service fee, see Resolve inbound performance issues.
If a reimbursement is approved, you can see your unplanned service fee reimbursements in the following locations:
You should receive your reimbursement with the next scheduled Amazon payment. If you don't, check the status of the dispute in your case log. Search for the relevant case and click View or Respond.