Listed below are upcoming changes to Amazon’s program policies.
On August 10, 2022, we are renaming a number of fee categories on the Amazon fee schedule to provide clarity to the categories. For example, “Industrial & Scientific (including Food Service and Janitorial & Sanitation)” will become “Business, Industrial, and Scientific Supplies.” There are no rate changes associated with these updates.
Effective August 8, 2022, Amazon is updating its Product safety alerts, recalls, stop sales, and market withdrawal policy. The policy pertains to your responsibilities as a seller and the actions we take when we learn of a potential product safety defect. To learn more, go to Product safety alerts, recalls, stop sales, and market withdrawal policy for sellers.
Effective August 9, 2022, with the launch of additional features to the Account Health Rating, we are making the following updates to the Monitor Your Account Health program policy:
To learn more, please see the following:
Effective July 26, 2022, our adult products policies and guidelines will be updated with clarifications about adult products and explicit sexual imagery.
Effective January 17, 2022, all wand massagers and kegel/ben wa balls will be classified as adult products. These items will continue to be available for sale and discoverable to all customers searching for them within their current listing category.
For more information, go to Adult products policies & guidelines.
Effective July 21, 2022, the eligibility criteria in the FBA inventory reimbursement policy will be updated. For an item to be eligible under this policy, the following must be true:
For more information, go to FBA inventory reimbursement policy.
Effective August 1, 2022, our United States commercial liability insurance program policy will be updated with the following changes:
For more information, go to the ‘frequently asked questions’ section on the Business Insurance page.
Effective April 25, 2022, we will no longer allow limited quantities of dangerous goods to be shipped to offshore US island destinations through FBA. Sellers must use third-party shippers to ship all dangerous goods to those destinations.
Effective March 11, 2022, we are not accepting registrations from Russia or Belarus. For more information, see Countries accepted for seller registration.
As part of our efforts to make fee categories easier to understand, we are introducing fee category guidelines. These guidelines, effective March 16, 2022, provide detailed lists of products mapped to each fee category, allowing you to quickly find the fee category for a specific item.
For more information, go to Understanding fee categories.
Effective November 19, 2021, we will no longer allow the sale of any product that contains "strike anywhere" matches on Amazon. To learn more, go to Strike anywhere matches.
Effective December 2, 2021, we are removing the 90-day dispute window requirement for referral fee reimbursement claims. We are adding additional clarification that we will consider claims to be invalid when the fee transaction is contrary to the fee category guidelines in effect at the time of the fee transaction. For more information, go to Referral fees reimbursement policy.
Effective October 26, 2021, all seller-fulfilled offers on Fashion items will feature a free return message, and sellers will no longer be able to deduct the return shipping fee for Fashion items listed under Apparel, Shoes, Jewelry, and Watches in the US. To learn more, go to Free returns on Fashion items for seller–fulfilled orders.
Effective May 18, 2021, the following fee-related program policy pages will be updated in the US for clarity and the names will be changed where indicated:
There are no changes from the rates currently charged.
Further, effective on the same date mentioned above, new program policy pages dedicated to the FBA disposal order fee, lithium batteries fee, and special handling fee will be added in the US for clarity. There are no changes from the rates currently charged.
Effective March 19, 2021, we are adding the unsuitable inventory investigations policy as a new program policy.
Under this policy, if there is suspicion that a selling partner may have been engaged in the sale of counterfeit products or other illegal goods at Amazon, we may require additional information regarding the affected FBA inventory. If the requested information is not provided, or we find after investigation that the inventory constitutes unsuitable units, we may dispose of it.
Effective November 6, 2020, our communication guidelines were updated with additional information related to buyer-seller messages. For more information, go to the updated guidelines.
The Animals and animal-related products page of our restricted products policy was updated to include veterinary diets as an example of permitted listings on August 19, 2020.
The Sold by Amazon terms and conditions page will be removed from the program policies page on July 4, 2020.
On January 24, 2020, the legal entity listed in the Amazon Vine terms and conditions was changed to Amazon.com Services LLC.
Our tax policies are being updated with additional information related to tax treatments that could apply based on your use of Amazon services and selling in Amazon stores.
The Referral fees reimbursement policy page will be added to the program policies page on February 5, 2020.
Your continued use of selling services after February 5, 2020, constitutes your acceptance of the updated agreement.