This article applies to selling in: Australia

FBA Prep Service

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

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

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

Important: Planned prep or labelling, as part of the FBA prep or label service, may delay the full receipt of your shipment. However, unplanned prep or prep that is not part of the FBA prep or label service may further delay the full receipt of your shipments by up to 48 hours. If you decide to use the FBA prep service, Amazon will prepare your eligible products for a per-unit fee. To have Amazon prepare your products, you must enable FBA prep service. When you send an inventory to our fulfilment centres, you will be able to select whether your products will be prepared by Amazon or you. While building your shipping plan, we will provide an estimate of the FBA preparation fees based on the expected preparation 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 they can withstand transit and be safely handled by our associates.

Minimum qualifications

  • Condition: New
  • Product type: Any (media and non-media)
  • 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.

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 fulfilment centre, disposal or return of inventory at the seller's cost, or temporary suspension of creating new shipment function.

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 fulfilment centre. Amazon will not be liable for any damage in transit due to inadequate packaging. Refer to Help Page for 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.

If you sign up for FBA Prep Service

  • You will have the option to select whether Amazon or you prep each eligible product in your shipment plan.
  • For products that Amazon preps, you will be charged the applicable FBA Prep service fees based on the prep services Amazon provides as determined by Amazon.
  • There are separate fees for standard-size and oversize products.
  • Your qualifying units may be split into multiple additional shipments.
  • If you choose to have Amazon prep your products, for selected products FBA label service may be automatically included in the prep activities on those products, and you will also be charged according to FBA label service pricing.
  • We will determine at our sole discretion which preparation services we perform with respect to your products.
  • 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 Fulfilment 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 Seller if you want to prep the product yourself. Amazon will be the default selection for products with prep guidance.

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 preparation category that best fits your product from the Preparation Category drop-down menu, or select No prep if you believe that no prep is required.*
  3. For the given product, select Amazon in the Who preps? column on the Prep Product page.

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

* Refer to Prep Matrix for descriptions of prep categories and related prep activities. To learn more, refer to 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, refer to FBA Label Service.

FBA Prep Service fees

Table 1. FBA Prep Service Fee by Prep Guidance
Prep guidance Standard-size (per unit) Oversize (per unit)
Bagging $0.95 $1.34
Taping $0.95 $0.95
Bubble-wrapping $0.95 $1.34
Opaque bagging $0.95 $1.34
Table 2. FBA Prep Service Fee by Prep Category
Per Unit Fee Standard-size Oversize
Preparation category Prep Labelling Total Prep Labelling Total
  • Bubble wrap
  • Labelling
$0.95 $0.81 $1.76 $1.34 $0.81 $2.15
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
$0.95 $0.81* $0.95 to $1.76 $1.34 $0.81* $1.34 to $2.15
Apparel, Fabric, Plush, and Textiles
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
$0.95 $0.81* $0.95 to $1.76 $1.34 $0.81* $1.34 to $2.15
Baby Products
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
$0.95 $0.81* $0.95 to $1.76 $1.34 $0.81* $1.34 to $2.15
  • Bagging
  • Labelling
$0.95 $0.81 $1.76 $1.34 $0.81 $2.15
  • Bagging
  • Labelling (optional)
$0.95 $0.81* $0.95 to $1.76 N/A N/A N/A
  • Opaque Bagging
  • Labelling
$0.95 $0.81 $1.76 $1.34 $0.81 $2.15

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

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