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Prepare your products for FBA shipping

This page provides information about completing the second step of the Send/replenish inventory workflow, preparing your products for Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) shipping. For more details on product preparation requirements and how to prepare common product types, go to Packaging and prep requirements.

Some products require specific preparation so they arrive at Amazon fulfilment centres in the best condition. Prep guidance for many products is available in the Prepare products step as you create your shipment. If you don’t want to prepare the products yourself, you can have Amazon do it for you for a per-item fee.

Send/replenish inventory workflow steps:


  1. Set quantity for shipments to Amazon
  2. Prepare your products for FBA shipping
  3. Label your products
  4. Review/view shipments to Amazon
  5. Prepare shipment to Amazon
  6. Summary of shipment process
Important: Determining the type of preparation required to ship your products safely to Amazon is your responsibility, even if prep guidance for your specific products is not available in the Send/replenish inventory workflow.

FBA Prep Service

If you want Amazon to prepare your products for you, select Amazon in the Who preps? column. For more information about the per-item cost, see FBA Prep Service.

Important: FBA can prep only products that have a single UPC or EAN that corresponds to an ASIN in Amazon’s product catalogue.

Even if you sign up for the FBA Prep Service, package your products so they will arrive safely at the fulfilment centre. Package fragile, glass and sharp items in such a way that they arrive intact and that fulfilment centre associates can handle them safely.

Important: If you do not select Amazon in the Who preps? column, you are responsible for ensuring that your products meet all FBA prep requirements for shipping.

Prep required

The Prep required tab on the Prepare products page has guidance for items that have specific preparation requirements.

If you think the requirements for the product you have listed are not appropriate or essential, click Investigate to start a review. In Send to Amazon, click the More options tab in the Prepare your FBA Item window.

Important: Items that have not been prepared according to the requirements will be subject to charges for unplanned prep services at the fulfilment centre. Learn more about unplanned services fees.

Prep requirements may include the following:

Poly bagging

Products that require poly bagging should be completely sealed in a clear polyethylene bag that is at least 1.5 mil. thick. Make sure the barcode can be scanned through the bag, or place a barcode label on the outside.

Note: Adult products must be packaged using black, opaque poly bagging or shrink wrap. Bags that have an opening that measures more than 5 inches when laid flat must have a suffocation warning printed on or affixed to the, in a prominent location and in a legible font size.

Poly bagging may be required in the following conditions:

  • To prevent leaks or spills from damaging other items in the shipment – usually for liquids and powders
  • To protect items from dust or dirt
  • To prevent loose items from being separated, such as individual items being sold as a set

For more information about specific product categories that may require poly bagging, see:

Packaging pellets, powders and granular products

Packaging liquids, pastes, gels and creams

Packaging plush units

Packaging apparel, fabric and textiles

Packaging jewellery

Packaging small products

Packaging adult products

Packaging plexiglas

Packaging batteries

Bubble wrap

Products that require bubble wrap must conform to the following:

  • Be tightly wrapped and taped shut so the product cannot fall out
  • Have a scannable barcode label on the outside
  • Be able to pass a 3-foot drop test on a hard surface without the contents breaking. A drop test consists of five drops:
    • Flat on base
    • Flap on top
    • Flat on longest side
    • Flat on shortest side
    • On a corner

Bubble wrap may be required because the item is one or more of the following:

  • Fragile and could be easily damaged during transit
  • Heavy or dense and could damage other items during transit

For more information, go to Packaging glass, ceramic, breakable and fragile units.

Note: Products that expire and are contained in packaging that requires additional prep, such as glass jars or bottles, must be prepped to ensure that fulfilment centre associates can see the expiration date. For more information, go to Expiration dates on FBA products.

Overboxing

We may require overboxing when there are safety concerns over shipping and handling. Overboxing generally involves placing a prepared or packaged product in a box for added protection (even if the product is already boxed). For products over 4.5 kg, use double-wall corrugated boxes for overboxing.

Overboxing is required for the following types of products:

  • Sharp items that may puncture packaging materials
  • Fragile items that failed a 1-metre drop test after bubble wrap was applied or that may be damaged during shipping and handling
  • Hazardous liquids in glass containers over 120 ml
  • Vinyl records

Hanger removal

Normal-size hangers usually must be removed. Mini-hangers for baby clothes are allowed. The following items cannot be shipped on any kind of hanger: accessories, bras, hats, shorts, socks, hosiery, sweaters, swimwear and underwear.

Opaque bagging

Products that require opaque bagging should be completely sealed in a sturdy, opaque bag or shrink wrap that completely obscures the content from view.

Set creation

Units that are sets, such as a set of six, unique toy cars that are sold as one unit, must be marked as sets on their packaging. Add a label to the unit that clearly states that the products are to be received and sold as a single unit. For example, “Sold as set,” “Ready to ship” or “This is a set. Do not separate.”

Double seal

Product needs to have a secondary seal to prevent leakage in one of the following types: Induction seal, safety ring, clips, heat shrink plastic band, boxing. For more information, go to Definition of a double seal in Packaging liquids, pastes, gels and creams.

Tape

Products with this requirement need additional taping beyond what might normally be used to seal a box or poly bag or secure bubble wrap around an item.

Extra taping may be required to prevent the following:

  • Item might fall out of its packaging if the container is not taped shut
  • Item might leak if the lid is not taped in place
  • Item needs tape to be fully sealed within the container

Prep may be required

Click the Prep may be required tab to see products for which prep guidance is not available. This may be because the product has not been sent in before or has not been classified as having a specific prep requirement.

If you know the prep required for those products, click Choose category in the Prep guidance column and from the drop-down list select the prep category that best suits your product.

If your product does not require additional prep, you can select No prep required.

The prep categories are as follows:

  • Baby products : includes plush toys and other products for children 3 and under, such as teddy bears, pacifiers and baby bottles.
  • Sharp : includes items that have sharp edges or are pointed, such as knives, scissors and some tools.
  • Fragile/glass : includes items that can break or shatter, such as glassware, china and picture frames.
  • Apparel on hanger : includes dresses, coats and baby clothes.
  • Apparel, fabric, plush and textiles : includes products made of cloth or textiles, including apparel not on hangers, blankets and linens.
  • Small : includes products smaller than 54 millimetres on the longest side, such as jewellery, key chains and flash drives.
  • Adult : includes products displaying potentially offensive material, including explicit magazines and movies.
  • Liquids (non-glass) : includes liquids or gels of more than 470 ml in plastic bottles or jars, such as liquid soap, sprays and lotions. Treat liquids in glass bottles or jars as fragile.
  • Powder, pellets and granular : includes powders, scented home products and powdered detergents.
  • Perforated packaging : includes display case-packed items such as candy displays or granola bars.
  • Sold as Set : includes bundled items, multi-packs, toy sets and cases of bottled drinks.
  • No prep needed: includes case-packed items that do not have perforated packaging and are sold as a single unit inside a case.

Next steps

After you have reviewed all of the prep guidance, click Continue.

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