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Reimbursement policy for Prepaid Return Labels (PRL) in the Merchant Fulfilled Network (MFN)

Amazon reserves the right to change and/or amend the terms of the SAFE-T policy at its sole discretion, without any prior notice to sellers and the seller shall be responsible for reviewing these changes and informing themselves of all such applicable changes.

Seller Assurance for E-Commerce Transactions (SAFE-T) claims allow sellers using Prepaid Return Labels (PRL) in the Merchant Fulfilled Network (MFN) to appeal Amazon's decision to issue a refund to a customer. At Amazon's sole discretion, you may be issued a reimbursement in cases where Amazon determines that you were not at fault.

Possible cases for reimbursement for PRL in the MFN

An order must have already been fully refunded (return shipping cost or restocking fee may be deducted from the refund in accordance with the refund policy) to be eligible for a SAFE-T claim. Filed claims that do not meet this criterion will be automatically denied.

Below is a list of possible cases where you might be considered eligible for a reimbursement. These situations do not guarantee a reimbursement, and Amazon maintains sole discretion to determine what reimbursement value, if any, is issued.

You may be eligible for reimbursement if:

  • Amazon determines that the customer abused Amazon's return or refund policy.
  • An item is returned to you in unsellable condition and Amazon determines you were not at fault. You can find some examples of return reasons and faulted party here.
  • A materially different item is returned to you and Amazon determines you were not at fault.
  • You agreed to replace an item with the customer via buyer-seller messaging and successfully provided a replacement, but your order was still refunded.
  • If the customer did not return the product evident by lack of ‘Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) or a carrier’s ‘first scan’ in a return tracking.
    Note: This does not apply to items that are deemed ‘Hazmat’ or ‘Non-returnable’ by Amazon systems unless the return reason is considered as the customer’s fault. Visit here to learn more about when a return reason is considered as the customer’s fault.

With all reimbursement claims, it is your responsibility to reply to information requests from Amazon investigators. Failure to provide sufficient information within 7 days will result in denial of your claim.

Reimbursement values and restrictions

The following restrictions apply to reimbursements:

  • Reimbursement claims must be submitted within 60 calendar days of a refund being charged to your account.
    • Refund window is calculated from the next calendar day after the date of refund.
  • Only refunds that issued to customers by Amazon on your behalf is eligible for reimbursements. You are not eligible for reimbursement if you issued refund to the customer.
  • Reimbursements for a single order will not exceed $5,000. For items valued at more than $ 5,000, we suggest that you purchase third-party insurance.
  • You can file only one claim per Order ID.
  • Orders that are damaged or lost in return transit are not eligible for reimbursement from SAFE-T including the Amazon fees or outbound shipping label costs. Contractually, you are the shipper of record and may file a claim with the carrier to recover any loss.
    Note: If the order was delivered by Amazon Shipping, you should raise a claim directly with Amazon Shipping here.
  • If you refuse a return shipment for any reason, the order is not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Orders with an A-to-z Guarantee claim are not eligible for SAFE-T claims (you have the ability to Appeal an A-to-z Guarantee claim).
  • Chargeback claims are not covered by this policy. See our full chargeback policy for details.
  • FBA orders are not covered by this policy. See FBA customer returns policy for FBA reimbursement policy.
  • Per Restocking Fee policy, if the product is damaged by the customer, the reimbursement will be limited to a maximum of 50% of the order value of the product.

How to file a reimbursement (SAFE-T) claim

  1. From the Orders tab in Seller Central, go to Manage SAFE-T Claims.
  2. Click File a new SAFE-T Claim, in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Enter the Order ID for the return and then click Check Eligibility.
  4. If your order is eligible, proceed to the next step. If not, please know that there is no appeal option to request the claim be filed and reviewed for the Order ID.
  5. Select the reason that best describes your case for your reimbursement claim. In your claim, provide detail as why you believe Amazon should reimburse you. For example, you have been overcharged for the return label or the product was returned in an unacceptable condition.
  6. Attach all necessary support documentation (example: example: supportive images of damaged item, shipping label, image of the Return Mailing Label, Tracking ID, delivery proof or any additional information you see necessary to review your claim), if applicable , then click Submit Safe-T Claim. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your claim.

You will receive an email regarding the decision within 7 calendar days of filing the claim. This email is sent to the email ID assigned to receive “Returns and Claims Notifications” in your notification preferences. You can also track the status of your claim on the Manage SAFE-T Claims page.

Note: During the investigation process, Amazon investigators might require you to provide additional information. In such a case, you will receive an email from You should reply directly to this email with the information or clarification sought by Amazon. Failure to provide sufficient information in 7 days will result in the denial of your claim

Tracking Reimbursement Status

To track the status of your reimbursement claims, go to Orders > Manage SAFE-T Claims.

  • The different tabs on the page allow you to view all claims, claims that await your response, claims that have been resolved and claims that are under investigation.
  • You can search for claims in the specific time period by selecting the box next to ‘Claim Date’ at the top left to select the date range.
  • You can also search for a specific order ID, ASIN, RMA or SAFE-T ID using the search box on the top right.
  • For every claim, you can find the information on Product Name, Quantity, Claim Amount, SAFE-T Claim ID, Reason, Description, Attachments that you provided, Order Date, Claim Date, Claim Status, Reimbursement Amount and Return Request Date.

Appealing SAFE-T claim decisions

  • You receive an e-mail from for each claim you filed with SAFE-T informing you about the claim decision. If your Safe-T claim has been denied, study the denial e-mail carefully as it will specify why the claim has been denied.
  • Do not reopen the same claim multiple times without any additional information, or you may be flagged for abuse of SAFE-T process and action may be taken against your account. Please see below for more information.
  • If you have additional information that could strengthen your case, reopen the claim within 7 days of claim decision by replying to the denial e-mail from with additional information. You can only do this once.
  • Do not discuss SAFE-T decisions with Selling Partner Support, because they are unable to influence the decision on a SAFE-T claim. Instead, you should interact directly with the SAFE-T team via e-mail at

SAFE-T claim and reimbursement abuse for PRL in the MFN

When you file a reimbursement claim, you confirm that the details mentioned in the case are true and that any misrepresentation or deviation from the statement may lead to removal of your selling privileges, return of all earlier reimbursements or any other appropriate action by Amazon. Similarly, any attempted abuse of the SAFE-T process or Seller reimbursement policy may lead to performance action on your account.

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