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FBA Prep Service

Use the FBA Prep Service to ensure that your products are properly packaged and prepared for fulfillment. Correct packaging and prep helps to reduce delays in receiving time, protect your products while in Amazon fulfillment centers, and create a better customer experience.

Important: Planned prep or labeling, as part of the FBA Prep Service or FBA Label Service, may delay full receipt of your shipment. However, unplanned prep or prep that is not part of the FBA Prep or Label Service may further delay complete receipt of your shipments by up to 48 hours.

If you use the FBA Prep Service, Amazon will prepare your eligible products for a per-unit fee. After you enable the service, you can choose whether you or Amazon will prep the products that you send to fulfillment centers. When you build your shipping plan, we will provide an estimate of the prep fees based on the expected services for the selected products.

Note: If your products are classified as fragile, glass, or sharp, they must be packaged to withstand transit and be safely handled by our associates.

Minimum qualifications

  • Condition: Any (new, used, collectible, refurbished)
  • Product type: Any (media and non-media)
  • ASIN: Each unit must have a scannable barcode (ISBN, UPC, EAN, or JAN). The unit's barcode must not be punched out, marked over, covered, or otherwise obstructed.

If you sign up for FBA Prep Service

  • For products that Amazon preps, you will be charged the applicable FBA Prep Service fees based on the services provided (see the table below). The prep services that we perform for your products are determined at Amazon’s sole discretion.
  • There are separate fees for standard-size and oversize products.
  • Your qualifying units may be divided into multiple shipments.
  • If Amazon preps your products, the FBA Label Service may be included automatically for select products. You would then be charged the applicable per-item fee.

Enable FBA Prep Service

To enable the FBA Prep Service, follow these steps when creating your shipping plan:

  1. Select a product that you want Amazon to prep.
  2. Select Amazon in the Who Preps? field.

Choose who preps the products

Note: If you use Send to Amazon for shipments, go to Create shipments with Send to Amazon for prep and labeling information.

If you use Send/replenish inventory for shipments, after you enable the FBA Prep Service, you can choose whether Amazon or you will prep each eligible product by following the steps below on the Prepare products tab.

You can also choose who preps your products by default on your FBA settings page. Changing the default does not affect previously created shipments or any prep preferences you have defined for specific items.

For products with prep guidance

For each eligible product listed on the Prepare products tab of Send/replenish inventory, select one of the following in the Who preps? field:

  • Amazon if you want Amazon to prep the product
  • Merchant if you want to prep the product yourself

Amazon will be the default selection for products with prep guidance.

For products without prep guidance

Products without prep guidance may still have packaging and prep requirements. For these products, Choose category will appear in the Prep guidance column on the Prepare products tab. If you want Amazon to prep these products, follow these steps:

  1. Click Choose category from the Prep guidance column.
  2. In the pop-up window, select the category that best fits your product from the Prep category drop-down list. Or select No prep if you believe that no prep is required.1
  3. Select Amazon in the Who preps? column.

If you don’t follow these steps or if you select Merchant in the Who preps? column, you are responsible for preparing these products.

1 For more information, download How to Prep Products and go to Packaging and prep requirements.

Select who labels the products

After determining who will prep the products, you can choose on the Label product tab whether Amazon or you will apply labels to each unit.

You can also choose who labels your products by default in your FBA settings. Changing the default does not affect previously created shipments or any label preferences you have defined for specific items.

For more information, go to FBA Label Service.

FBA Prep Service fees

Per-unit fee Standard-size Oversize
Prep category* Prep Labeling Total Prep Labeling Total
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
$0.80 $0.55 $1.35 $1.60 $0.55 $2.15
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.70 $0.55** $0.70 to $1.25 $1.40 $0.55** $1.40 to $1.95
Apparel, fabric, plush, and textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.70 $0.55** $0.70 to $1.25 $1.40 $0.55** $1.40 to $1.95
Baby products
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.70 $0.55** $0.70 to $1.25 $1.40 $0.55** $1.40 to $1.95
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
$0.80 $0.55 $1.35 $1.60 $0.55 $2.15
  • Bagging
  • Labeling
$0.70 $0.55 $1.25 n/a n/a n/a
  • Bagging (black or opaque)
  • Labeling
$1.00 $0.55 $1.55 $2.00 $0.55 $2.55
Powders, pellets, and granular
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.70 $0.55** $0.70 to $1.25 $1.40 $0.55** $1.40 to $1.95
Perforated packaging
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
$0.70 $0.55** $0.70 to $1.25 $1.40 $0.55** $1.40 to $1.95

Sold as set

  • Bagging
  • Labeling
$0.70 $0.55 $1.25 $1.40 $0.55 $1.95

*Amazon will eventually charge for these additional prep services: boxing, hanger removal, set creation, suffocation stickering, and set stickering.

**The FBA Label Service is optional. All products must have a scannable label that is visible after prep is complete. Amazon may verify the weight and dimensions of a product by using representative samples. Our information about a product’s weight and dimensions will be used to calculate fees if this information differs from your information.

We may change our information about a product’s weight and dimensions from time to time to reflect updated measurements. Fees based on the weight and dimensions of a product are calculated using our information about the weight and dimensions of that product when the fee is calculated.

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