Amazon limits the addition of new sellers in certain categories to ensure that customers are able to buy with confidence from all sellers on Amazon. The requirements for selling in the Grocery & Gourmet Food category reflect customer concerns about product quality, product branding, and consumer safety.
As a seller, you must meet the requirements listed below to sell products in the Grocery & Gourmet Food category. Please take the time to read this list of requirements and consult our Help pages if you have questions about specific policies. Once you have reviewed the category requirements, you can apply for approval by clicking the Request Approval button at the bottom of the page. Amazon reserves the right to review the quality of each of your products and listings, which may include checking whether products and listing data meet the requirements below. Please note that meeting the requirement stated in this policy does not guarantee that Amazon will approve your ability to sell in this category or your full proposed selection. Amazon may remove your selling privileges for failure to meet these requirements.
All Sellers are required to provide necessary information in accordance with Act on Specified Transactions and other applicable laws.
See Display of Information in accordance with the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions and other applicable laws help page for more details.
Imported products (personal imports) that do not comply with the "Japan Food Sanitation Act" (including standards etc.), Food Labeling Act, and other laws or ministry guidelines are prohibited. This includes acting for personal imports or adopting a similar method for listing products that are restricted by laws or ministry guidelines (salt, rice, alcohol, livestock species, etc.), and shipping imported products directly to a buyer.
For more information of parallel import products, click here.
Requirements for refrigerated food, frozen food, temperature-controlled food for quality or performance, and raw agricultural commodities
General temperature requirements are provided below as reference, however you must determine safety and quality of your products depending on their nature.
|Food type||Conforming temperature|
|Fresh Meat||-2° to 5°C|
|Chilled||0 - 10°C|
|Tropical Produce||10 - 20°C|
Amazon considers the "sell by," "use by," "best by," "best before," and "best if used by" date equivalent to an expiration date. Even though the product may be technically fit for consumption after any of the above dates, the customer experience is highly likely to get downgraded since the quality/expected delivery of benefits would decline.
Refers to food, beverages, nutritional, and dietary supplements and over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs intended for human or pet consumption.
Foods that are in the natural form in which they are grown
This includes fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and similar agricultural products. It does not include processed foods (for example, cooking, freezing, dehydrating, or milling). However, field and other agricultural practices such as washing, stripping outer leaves, waxing, and so on are not considered processing.
Poor temperature control results in lower quality or performance (for example, melted chocolate or a vitamin D supplement has decreased potency).
You must follow Amazon listing standards for any product sold on Amazon as well as comply with the standards specific to the Grocery & Gourmet Food category. For more guidance, see the Listing Guidelines for Food & Beverage
Amazon prohibits the listing of whale meat, whale meat processed products, dolphin meat, dolphin meat processed products, shark fin, shark fin processes products (excluding dietary suppliments) and other similar products.
An invoice or additional information is required for approval.
Failure to meet performance targets, and food safety and quality standards can result in the following enforcement actions
If you are able to meet all of the requirements listed above, click the Request Approval button below. By clicking the button you are confirming that you have reviewed the requirements above and that you want to apply to sell in the Grocery & Gourmet Food category. We will contact you to request additional required information after you submit your request to sell.