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FBA Prep Service

Learn about the different prep services available for inventory you send to Amazon fulfillment centers and their associated fees.

You can use the FBA Prep Service to have Amazon properly package and prepare your products for fulfillment.

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) has Packaging and prep requirements for products you ship to and store in Amazon fulfillment centers. Properly packaging and preparing units helps to reduce delays in receiving time, protect your products while in our fulfillment centers, and create a better customer experience.

Important: Planned prep or labeling, as part of the FBA Prep or 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.

If you decide to use the FBA Prep Service, Amazon will prepare your eligible products for a per-unit fee. After you enable the service, you will be able to choose whether you or Amazon will prep products 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 you use one of our prep services for products in the Fragile/Glass and Sharp prep categories, products must be packaged so that they can withstand transit and can be safely handled by our associates. Units that are sets a must be bagging by each sets and add a label to the Unit that the products are to be received and sold as a single unit.

Minimum qualifications

  • Product size: Small, Standard, Oversize (Supersize is not available).
  • Condition: Any (New, Used, Collectible, Refurbished).
  • Product Type: Any.
  • 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.
Note: Even if you use FBA Prep Service, sellers are responsible for packaging products in a shipment box using cushioning material so they can withstand transit and avoid damages when shipping a product to the Amazon Fulfillment Center. Amazon will not be liable for any damage in transit due to inadequate packaging. See Help Pagefor requirements on the shipping box. In addition, make sure to securely pack fragile and/or sharp products before shipping for Amazon associates to receive and handle products safely.

Amazon will only package products in accordance with the prep category selected by the seller. Amazon will not perform services that are not included in prep category, such as packaging multiple items together as one set product. Even if you use FBA prep service, Amazon may receive the products without performing additional prep which you requested if Amazon determines additional prep is not required after checking an actual packaged product that arrived at FC. Failure to comply with the packaging requirements upon shipment may result in refusal of inventory at Amazon Fulfillment Center, disposal or return of inventory at the seller's cost, or temporary suspension of creating new shipment function.

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 table below). The prep services 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 split into multiple additional shipments.
  • If you have Amazon prep your products, FBA Label Service may be included automatically for select products, and you would be charged the applicable per-item fee.
  • We may discontinue the FBA Prep Service at any time.

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. On the Prepare Products page, select Amazon in the Who Preps? field.
  3. In the pop-up window "Are you sure you want save settings to your Fulfillment by Amazon Settings?" click Yes.

Choose who preps the products

Once you have enabled the FBA Prep Service, you can choose on the Prepare Products page of your shipping plan whether Amazon or you will prep each eligible product by following the steps below.

You can also choose who preps your products by default in 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 page of the shipping workflow, in the Who preps? field select Amazon if you want Amazon to prep the product or Merchant if you want to prep the product yourself. Amazon will be the default selection for products with prep guidance.

If you believe that default settings for a specific prep guidance is inappropriate or is required, click "Investigate" to confirm the packaging and prep requirements for the product.

*For MWS users, products with "For Products with Prep Guidance"are the only items that will be available for FBA prep service request.

For products without prep guidance

Products without prep guidance may still have packaging and prep requirements. For products without prep guidance, Choose category will appear in the Prep guidance column on the Prepare Products page. 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 no prep is required.*
  3. Select Amazon in the Who preps? column.

If you do not follow these steps or if you select Merchant in the Who preps? column, you will be responsible for preparing these products.

* To learn more visit Packaging and Prep Requirements.

Select who labels the products

After determining who will prep the products, you can choose on the Label Product page of your shipping plan whether Amazon or you will apply labels to each unit.

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

For more information, see FBA Label Service.

FBA Prep Service fees

Table 1. FBA Prep Service Fee by Prep Guidance
Prep Guidance Small/Standard-size (per unit) Oversize (per unit)
Bagging 25 JPY 92 JPY
Taping 20 JPY 51 JPY
Bubble wrap with Labeling service

51 JPY

Bubble wrap: 31 JPY

Labeling: 20 JPY

143 JPY

Bubble wrap: 92 JPY

Labeling: 51 JPY

Table 2. FBA Prep Service Fee by Prep Category
Per Unit Fee Small/Standard-Size Oversize
Prep Category Prep Labeling Total Prep Labeling Total
Fragile/Glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labeling
31 JPY 20 JPY 51 JPY 92 JPY 51 JPY 143 JPY
Liquids (non glass)
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
25 JPY 20 JPY* 25 JPY to 45 JPY 92 JPY 51 JPY* 92 JPY to 143 JPY
Apparel, Fabric, Plush, and Textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
25 JPY 20 JPY* 25 JPY to 45 JPY 92 JPY 51 JPY* 92 JPY to 143 JPY
Powder, Pallets and Granular
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
25 JPY 20 JPY* 25 JPY to 45 JPY 92 JPY 51 JPY* 92 JPY to 143 JPY
Baby Products
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
25 JPY 20 JPY* 25 JPY to 45 JPY 92 JPY 51 JPY* 92 JPY to 143 JPY
Perforated Packaging
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
25 JPY 20 JPY* 25 JPY to 45 JPY 92 JPY 51 JPY* 92 JPY to 143 JPY
Small
  • Bagging
  • Labeling (optional)
25 JPY 20 JPY 25 JPY to 45 JPY n/a n/a n/a

Fees above include consumption tax of 10%

*Label Service Optional. All products must have a scannable label that will be visible after prep is complete.

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