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FBA Small and Light

FBA Small and Light helps reduce the cost of fulfilling orders for small and lightweight FBA inventory priced at 1,000 JPY or less. The program offers are Prime-eligible. The program is available with Expedited Shipping (1-4 days) for Prime customers and Standard Shipping (2–4 days) for non-Prime customers (Small and Light does not offer same day nor scheduled delivery). This program offers lower fulfillment fees versus standard FBA fulfillment fees on comparable products.

Small and Light is subject to the FBA Small and Light Terms and Conditions.

Product eligibility

The program is only open to Sellers/ASINs approved for this program by Amazon. ASINs must meet the following criteria at the minimum:

  • weigh less than or equal to 950g (including packaging weight, see Program Fees for more details)
  • have dimensions less than or equal to 3.3 x 30.0 x 35.0cm
  • are priced 1,000 JPY or less (after all discounts)
  • are not adult products
  • are nor registered as commingle
  • are not FBA prohibited products
  • are not dangerous goods (hazmat) (including lithium batteries and products that ship with lithium batteries)
  • are not alcohol products
  • are not temperature-sensitive (such as chocolates)
  • are not used condition products
  • have sold in the last 4 weeks (or are expected to sell in the upcoming 4 weeks) more than 25 units

In addition, Amazon will also determine Seller/ASIN eligibility based on other factors including sales performance and product quality metrics. Sellers may suggest qualified ASINs that they want to enroll in the program for approval by visiting the Small and Light product enrollment page.

Product enrollment

Enroll eligible products through the Small and Light product enrollment page. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure that package dimensions and weights have been entered in Seller Central before enrollment.
  • Remove extra spaces before and after your MSKUs to prevent upload errors.
  • Make sure that you have entered MSKUs, not ASINs, into the enrollment file.
  • Always review your Processing reports for errors (for Professional selling plans only).

For more information about product enrollment, see our FBA Small and Light Program Prep and Packaging Guide for Sellers.

Shipping Small and Light inventory to Amazon

FBA Small and Light has its own prep-and-packing requirements and uses specific fulfillment centers. See our FBA Small and Light Program Prep and Packaging Guide for Sellers and ship your products to the fulfillment center specified by Amazon. A minimum of 24 units per ASIN must be sent in each shipment.

Program fees

Except for the fees below, all standard selling on Amazon fees and FBA fees apply to Small and Light.

The fulfillment fees for the program are as follows:

Fulfillment packaging size Item ordered price Fulfillment fee per unit
35.0 cm x 30.0 cm x 3.3 cm 1,000 JPY or less 198 JPY

Fees above include consumption tax of 10%

Note: Regular FBA fees will be charged if item price exceeds 1,000 JPY.

Troubleshooting

You may see an error message when you try to enroll an item in Small and Light if your submission is missing information or if the product isn’t eligible.

See Small and Light error messages for more information about common errors and how to fix them.

Frequently asked questions


  1. How is FBA Small and Light different from standard FBA?

    First, the program is only open to ASINs that meet the criteria, which are indicated in “Product eligibility” section above.

    Second, the program requires different prep and packaging. See our FBA Small and Light Program Prep and Packaging Guide for Sellers and ship your products to the fulfillment center. A minimum of 24 units per ASIN must be sent in each shipment. Please note that FBA Prep Service, FBA Label Service and Unplanned Prep Services are not currently supported for ASINs enrolled to the program.

    Third, the program’s per-unit fulfillment fees are generally lower than the comparable standard FBA fulfillment fees. For each unit fulfilled with this program, the seller will be charged a fee based on program fees. These fees are specifically designed for small and light products.

    Table 1. Program Fees Comparison. The following tables compare FBA Small and Light’s fulfillment fees to the corresponding standard FBA fulfillment fees for non-media standard-size products fulfillment:
    Fullillment Fees (Per unit)
    Fulfillment Packaging size Small and Light program FBA Fullfilment fees
    1,000 JPY or less Small Standard 1 Standard 2
    35.0 cm x 30.0 cm x 3.3 cm 198 JPY 282 JPY 381 JPY 421 JPY

    Fees above include consumption tax of 10%

  2. How do I add/remove MSKUs from FBA Small and Light?

    To add products to the program, use the Small and Light product enrolment page. To remove products, use the Small and Light product removal page.

  3. Can I offer an ASIN for both FBA Small and Light and standard FBA?

    Yes, you can have an offer in both FBA Small and Light and standard FBA. If you would like to have your ASINs in both FBA Small and Light and standard FBA, follow the steps for Creating offers in both FBA Small and Light and standard FBA. To help increasing your sales for these ASINs, we recommend having ASINs in both programs to reach all customers and offer them the full range of Amazon’s delivery options.

  4. Can I use my existing Merchant SKU (MSKU) when shipping units to a fulfillment center in the program?

    In order to use an MSKU for FBA Small and Light, the MSKU must be based on an offer in FBA. If you have an existing MFN offer, you can choose to convert the offer to FBA in order to use the MSKU for FBA Small and Light. If you intend to have offers in both FBA Small and Light and MFN, we need to create a separate offer so you have two MSKUs, one for FBA Small and Light and one for MFN, if the ASIN meets all program criteria. In Seller Central, you can update/create multiple offers at once using the Listing Loader tool and Inventory Loader tool. For more information, please see Listing Loader Instructions.

  5. Why are my existing FBA offers that use manufacturer barcodes for tracking (i.e. commingled) not eligible for enrollment?

    We currently do not allow commingling in the Small and Light program. Therefore, you are unable to enroll existing FBA offers that are tracked with manufacturer barcodes (i.e. commingled). In these cases, please create a new seller-fulfilled MSKU and enroll the MSKU into the Small and Light program using the enrollment page. Once successfully enrolled, our system will automatically convert your MSKU into a non-commingled Small and Light offer. Each unit must have a scannable barcode (UPC/EAN/FNSKU) or be individually stickered (if no barcode is available or if the barcode applies to more than one ASIN).

  6. Where can I find help preparing and packaging my products?

    You can download the FBA Small and Light Program Prep and Packaging Guide for Sellers, which describes the specific prep and packaging requirements for your Small and Light units. The document also shows examples of properly and improperly prepared items.

  7. How many units per ASIN should I ship?

    Once we have finished enrolling your ASINs in the program, you will receive a confirmation email from us (see FAQ #4). In the email, we share some inbound quantity recommendations for the program with you based on the ASIN’s sales history, pricing and other variables, in consideration of minimum inbound units (24 units). We recommend taking into consideration inventory you already have on hand in our fulfillment centers for FBA offers of that ASIN when making inventory decisions. Also, please bear in mind that a wide range of variables impact the recommended inventory levels including, but not limited to, changes in customer demand and competitive offerings. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the right levels of stock.

  8. Are expiration-dated products allowed in FBA Small and Light program?

    Yes, expiration-dated products are allowed, except for liquors. However, requirements for eligible products (except for liquors) include complying with the requirements of the standard FBA expiration-dated products. Please make sure to see here and comply with them. When shipping expiration-dated products to Amazon, please ensure that each box only has one expiration date for all products contained. When an inventory gets expired, it will automatically be added to unsellable inventory.

  9. What is the customer returns policy for FBA Small and Light?

    We will provide fulfillment and customer service for your orders, which includes handling customer returns. For more information on our FBA customer returns policy, please see Service for Orders Placed on Amazon.

  10. How do I remove my inventory under FBA Small and Light?

    You can create a Removal Order in Seller Central to remove your program inventory, just as you normally would for your standard FBA inventory. Normally, removals (returns/disposals) can take 10–14 working days to pick, pack and process. However, removal times may increase to 30 days or more during peak removal periods. FBA removal fee will apply.

  11. What happens when an ASIN or my offer has been removed from the FBA Small and Light program and I have stock in the Fulfillment Center?

    When you or Amazon removes the ASIN or offer from FBA Small and Light, fulfillment fees is charged as per FBA program instead of Small and Light program. The ASIN will not become unfulfillable.

  12. When will I get paid for my sales?

    Sales for items in the program are treated just like standard FBA sales, and proceeds will be distributed at the same frequency. For more information, please see Getting Paid.

  13. What ship options are available to customers for my orders in the program?

    The program offers are Prime-eligible. The program is available with Expedited Shipping (1-4 days) for Prime customers and Standard Shipping (2–4 days) for non-Prime customers. Non-Prime customers also have the option of upgrading to Next Day Delivery shipping option for 510 JPY.

  14. Can I use FBA Small and Light for products that I sell on channels other than Amazon?

    Yes. Items enrolled in the FBA Small and Light program can be fulfilled through Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF). MCF allows sellers to fulfill their inventory to any sales channel outside of Amazon, including their own brand website or ecommerce marketplace. To learn more about Multi-Channel Fulfillment, visit the Multi-Channel Fulfillment Help page.

  15. What reports are available to track my inventory and sales?

    For sales and inventory data, consult your FBA reports such as the Amazon Fulfilled Shipments (AFSR) and Inventory Reports. You can find these reports under the Reports tab in Seller Central.

  16. How do I preview the Small and Light program Fulfillment Fees?

    You can see the fees for your enrolled products by downloading a Fee Preview report but the displayed fees are based on standard FBA program. The Fee Preview report can be found by visiting the Reports menu in Seller Central, selecting the “Fulfillment” link, and then selecting “Fee Preview” in the list of reports on the left. The “Fee Preview” column in the Manage Inventory and Manage FBA Inventory pages shows fees are as well (based on the standard FBA program). We hope to update this feature soon to reflect the correct fees for products that are enrolled in FBA Small and Light.

  17. What about customer service for my orders in the program?

    We will provide fulfillment and customer service for your orders as we do for standard FBA.

  18. Are gift wrap and gift messages available for FBA Small and Light offers?

    Yes. We provide gift wrap and gift message services.

  19. I am also interested in finding out more about standard FBA services. Where can I find more information?

    Please refer to Fulfillment by Amazon for more information.

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