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Use an Amazon barcode to track inventory

Amazon systems are barcode-driven. Each unit you send to a fulfillment center requires a barcode so that it can be tracked throughout the fulfillment process.

Products that do not use a manufacturer barcode for tracking require an Amazon barcode. You can print Amazon barcodes from within your seller account and apply the barcodes yourself.

If you do not want to apply the barcodes yourself, you can sign up for the FBA Label Service and have Amazon apply the labels for you for a per-item fee. For more information, visit FBA Label Service.

For eligible products, you can use the manufacturer barcode to track your inventory. For more information, visit Using FBA virtual tracking.

When barcode eligibility changes, products that are not eligible for manufacturer barcode tracking will need an Amazon barcode in order to be received at Amazon fulfillment centers. For more information, visit Change to Amazon barcode by creating a new product offer.

Any item that requires an Amazon barcode that arrives at a fulfillment center without one will be subject to an unplanned prep service fee. For more information, visit Unplanned services

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.

Print Amazon barcodes

Amazon Bar code labels will be printed immediately if you use a thermal printer. For laser printers, a PDF is generated that you can use to print labels with standard label paper.

Sample labels printed from a PDF:

The following information is required on the label:

  • FNSKU: An identifier used by Amazon fulfillment centers to identify each unique product
  • Title and description
  • Condition: The condition of the unit

Label paper requirements

For laser printers, the tools in your seller account support the following label sizes:

  • 21 labels per page (63.5 mm x 38.1 mm on A4)
  • 24 labels per page (63.5 mm x 33.9 mm on A4, 64.6 mm x 33.8 mm on A4, 66.0 mm x 33.9 mm on A4, 70.0 mm x 36.0 mm on A4, 70.0 mm x 37.0 mm on A4)
  • 24-up labels per page (66.0 mm x 35.0 mm on A4)
  • 27 labels per page (63.5 mm x 29.6 mm on A4)
  • 30 labels per page (1 inch x 2 5/8 inches on US Letter)
  • 40 labels per page (52.5 mm x 29.7 mm on A4)

If your printer attempts to scale the PDF print area when you print your labels, make sure that the printer scaling is set to None or 100%.

Common problems to avoid

The following problems related to product labels might appear in your Shipping Queue.

For more information including how to avoid these problems, visit Inbound Performance summary.

Barcode label missing

The item arrived without a proper barcode.

Unit mislabeled

The item arrived with a barcode that does not match the physical product.

Barcode cannot be scanned

The barcode was either smudged or smeared, or the label was placed around a corner or curve, making the barcode unscannable.

Product label missing information

Missing barcode, FNSKU, title

Product not on website - unknown title

Listing needs to be created

Item does not match what is in catalog

Wrong binding, version, edition

Item not part of Shipment/PO

More Units shipped than expected

Overage

Examples of common labeling problems

Unit mislabeled

If a different seller's label is still applied and the FNSKU on the label is not associated with your product, the product will not be shipped and Amazon reserves the right to delete the listing if a seller is unknown.


The original manufacturer's barcode is not fully covered

Cover the original manufacturer's barcode (JAN, UPC, EAN, or ISBN) by a white sticker, tape, or a blank label when you place a label. Failure to cover the barcode can cause an error and may be identified as lost inventory.

Barcode cannot be scanned

Do not wrap your label around corners or curves on the product because this makes the label unscannable.


Additional information

  • Use labels with a removable adhesive.
  • Do not apply labels to the following materials. Labels will be easily peeled off at Amazon fulfillment centers.
    1. A plastic resin material such as polyethylene or polypropylene that does not stick easily
    2. Rough surface like Textile
    3. Leather material
  • If the size of your product is smaller than a label, place a product in a transparent plastic bag and apply a label on the outside of the bag.

Note: Labels are not replaced at Amazon fulfillment centers. If your products are not received and marked as unfulfillable for labelling problems, create a removal order to return your products, apply correct labels to the products, and send to Amazon again.

Statutory Labelling (regulated by the Japan Pharmaceutical Act. and other corresponding laws)

In case that the merchandize is medical devices, cosmetics, or quasi-drugs, statutory label shall be affixed to the product package to ensure all the information regulated by the Japan Pharmaceutical Act (refer to the table below) shall be fully indicated and be recognized outside.

In case that the merchandize is liquors, statutory label shall be affixed to the product package to ensure all the information regulated by the Japan Act on Securing of Liquor Tax and on Liquor Business Associations (refer to the table below) shall be fully indicated and be recognized outside as well.

Also, in case that merchandize belongs to other than above defined products category, statutory label may be requested to be affixed properly according to corresponding laws so that all the legally required information shall not be hidden behind.

Please be noted that the merchandize may be hold on to receive or be returned back if the ingredients indication cannot be confirmed. In case that product label covers bar-code and Statutory labelling because bar-code and statutory labeling are placed adjacent, product label can be affixed to transparent bag in which bar code is put. Bar code needs to be covered with white paper label.

Mandatory indication in Japanese by the Japan Pharmaceutical Act Mandatory indication in Japanese by the Japan Act on Securing of Liquor Tax and on Liquor Business Associations
Medical device Quasi drug/Cosmetics
  • Name (or trade name) and address of marketing authorization holder
  • Name of product
  • Manufacturing number or code
  • Weight, volume or inner capacity
  • Expiry date
  • Medical device class (General /Controlled/Specially controlled/Highly controlled)
  • Precautions for use, instruction for use
  • Name (or trade name) and address of marketing authorization holder
  • Indication of “quasi-drugs”; *not applicable for cosmetics
  • Name of product
  • Manufacturing number or code
  • Weight, volume or inner capacity
  • Name of ingredients
  • Expiry date
  • Precautions for use
  • Name (or trade name) of manufacturer
  • Location (address) of production
  • Inner capacity
  • Liquor Classification; refined sake, single distilled shochu, continuous distilled shochu, sweet fruit wine, whisky, brandy, liquor, etc.
  • Alcohol content
  • Tax rate class
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