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Prepare products to be shipped with Amazon

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The Consignment Creation Workflow allows you to create a consignment to our fulfilment centres in these 6 easy steps:


  1. Set Quantity
  2. Prepare Products
  3. Label Products
  4. Review Consignments
  5. Prepare Consignment
  6. Summary

FBA has product preparation requirements that must be followed in order for units to be received at Amazon fulfilment centres. From Prepare Product you can review Amazon provided Preparation Guidance. If you have questions about the guidance provided, please contact Seller Support for selected products in your plan based on the Preparation Category they belong to. A list of these products can be displayed using the Preparation required filter tab. Preparation Guidance provides instructions for packaging and protecting your products.

Important: It is your responsibility to determine the type of preparation required to send your products safely to Amazon, even if prep guidance is not available in your seller account. Review our packaging and prep requirements to determine if your products require product prep and follow any general product preparation requirements.
Important: It is your responsibility to determine the appropriate packaging necessary to send your products safely to Amazon. For some products, the Preparation Category may not be identified, and Preparation Guidance may not be available; however, product prep may still be required for these products. A list of these products can be displayed using the Preparation may be required filter. When preparing a product, please review Packaging and Preparation Requirements to determine if your products require product preparation and follow any general product preparation requirements.

If you know the Preparation Category for products with no Preparation Guidance available, you can assign a Preparation Category by clicking the Choose preparation link in the Preparation Guidance column and selecting from a list of Preparation Categories that best suits your product. If you determine that a product does not need any additional prep, you can leave the category blank or select No preparation needed. Prep Categories include:

Preparation Category Description and Examples Prep Video Tutorial
Fragile The product is glass or is otherwise fragile.
  • Glass
  • China
  • Picture frames
Liquids The product is a liquid or requires a seal.
  • Liquid soap
  • Spray bottles
  • Lotions
Textiles The product is made of cloth or fabric and can be damaged by dirt, dust, moisture or liquid.
  • Apparel
  • Blankets
  • Linens
Plush/Baby The product is a plush toy that collects dust or is intended for a child three years old or younger.
  • Stuffed toys
  • Dummies
  • Baby bottles
Small The longest side of the product is less than 54 mm — about the width of a credit card.
  • Some jewellery
  • Key chains
  • Flash drives
Adult The product displays potentially offensive material, such as profanity or nudity.
  • Explicit magazines
  • Explicit films
(no video available)

Prep required

The Prep required tab on the Prepare Products page displays the prep guidance for items that have known preparation requirements.

If you feel the specific prep requirement for the product you have listed is not appropriate or essential, click Investigate to start a review of the prep requirement for that item.

Prep requirements may include:

Poly bagging

Products that require poly bagging should be completely sealed in a sturdy, clear, transparent poly bag that:

  • Is at least 1.5 mil
  • Allows barcodes to show through or, in cases where barcodes do not show through, have a barcode label affixed to the outside of the bag
  • Has a suffocation warning printed on or affixed to the bag (for bags with an opening that is more than 12.7 cm wide when flat)

Poly bagging may be required to:

  • Prevent leaks or spills from damaging other items in the consignment (usually for items that are liquids and powders)
  • Protect items from dust or dirt
  • Prevent loose items from being separated (such as a multi-pack of individual items that are being sold as a set)

Bubble wrap

Products that require bubble wrap must:

  • Be tightly wrapped and taped shut so that the product(s) inside the bubble wrap cannot fall out
  • Have a barcode label on the outside
  • Be able to pass a 1-metre drop test on a hard surface without the contents breaking

Bubble wrap may be required because the item is:

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

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.

Opaque bagging may be required because the item is:

  • Adult in nature or the packaging is otherwise explicit

Taping

Products that require taping need to be sealed in some fashion. This tape is in addition to any taping that might normally be required, for example, taping a box shut, securing bubble wrap around an item, or sealing a poly bag.

Taping may be required because the item:

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

Prep may be required

Click the Prep may be required tab to view products for which the prep guidance is unknown. This may be because the product hasn't been sent in before, or hasn't been previously classified as having a specific prep requirement.

If you know the prep required for products with no prep guidance available:

  • Click Choose category in the Prep guidance column and select the prep category that best suits your product from the drop-down list. If your product does not require additional prep, you can skip this step or select No prep.

The prep categories are:

  • Baby products includes plush toys or products for children 3 and under (teddy bears, dummies, baby bottles) and items with cutouts greater than 7.6 cm.
  • Sharp includes sharp items or items with sharp edges (knives, scissors, tools).
  • Fragile/Glass includes items that can break or shatter (glassware, china, picture frames).
  • Apparel on Hanger includes dresses, coats, baby clothes.
  • Apparel, Fabric, Plush and Textiles includes products made of cloth or fabric (apparel, blankets, linens).
  • Small includes products smaller than 5.1 cm on the longest side (jewellery, key chains, flash drives).
  • Adult includes products displaying potentially offensive material (explicit magazines and films).
  • Liquids Not in Glass Containers includes liquid or gels of more than 0.45 litres in plastic bottles or jars (liquid soap, sprays, lotions). Liquids in glass bottles or jars should be treated as fragile.
  • Powder, Pellets and Granular includes powders, scented home products and powdered detergents.
  • Perforated Packaging includes display case-packed items such as sweet displays or granola bars.
  • No Prep Needed includes case-packed items that do not have perforated packaging and are sold as a case.

Next steps

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

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