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Stranded Inventory

Stranded inventory is FBA inventory in fulfilment centres that does not have an associated active offer and thus is not available for sale on Amazon. When inventory is stranded, it requires either reactivating the listing or removing inventory.

When you delete or close a listing, or change it from Fulfilled by Amazon to Fulfilled by Merchant, it might strand your inventory. Product listing issues, infringement concerns, or system errors can also result in stranded inventory.

For a complete list of reasons for stranded inventory, refer to the 'How to resolve stranded inventory' table in Resolve stranded inventory issues below. For a breakdown of units in stranded status, see Stranded Inventory report (overview) section below.

Amazon will notify you about stranded inventory in three ways:

Note: If you address the cause for the stranded inventory yourself, please allow 24 hours for the updates to reflect in your stranded inventory.

Resolve stranded inventory issues

Amazon provides a Stranded reason column on Fix stranded inventory. This column shows why each listing is stranded. Hovering over the Stranded reason for a listing displays more information and instructions.

See the table below for a list of every stranded reason and additional information, including recommended actions.

Key features on the new “Fix stranded inventory” page

More accurate and up to date

Sometimes a listing shows as Active on Manage Inventory while it shows as Stranded on Fix stranded inventory. Note that Fix stranded inventory has the most accurate and up-to-date information.

“Stranded reason” column

This column gives you information about the stranded inventory. If you hover over the reason, you can see more details and what action to take.

Filtering by “Stranded reason” and “Recommendations”

These features allow you to sort and better understand why listings are stranded and what to do to resolve each issue.

“Date of stranded event” column

This column shows you how long your inventory has been stranded while accumulating storage fees. You can also use the date shown in this column to help locate email and performance notifications related to the listing.

1-click actions

1-click relist allows you to relist without leaving the page. To edit the listing before activating it, click Edit or Relist.

1-click change to FBA allows you to change fulfilment channels without leaving the page. This option is available only for listings that include dangerous goods information. You must provide a dangerous goods submission for all listings. If you have not provided this information for a product, or if you need to change it, select Change to FBA.

Bulk and automatic actions

Bulk relist allows you to select up to 25 items to relist at once. After choosing these items, you can then relist all listings at once with 1-click relist as the recommended action.

Note: When relisting in bulk, you cannot make catalogue or listing changes for any of the affected listings. To edit the listing before activating it, click Edit or Relist.

Bulk 1-click change to FBA allows you to select 25 items at once to change fulfilment channels. After choosing these items, you can then relist all listings at once with 1-click Change to FBA as the recommended action.

Note: When using 1-Click Change to FBA in bulk you cannot provide or update dangerous goods information. To provide dangerous goods information, use Change to FBA.

Automatic relist will automatically relist inventory that has been stranded for 30 days under these stranded reasons:

  • Listing closed
  • Listing closed and inventory error
  • Item discontinued
You can adjust this setting by clicking Edit automatic-action settings. For listings that you don’t want automatically relisted, select Opt out of auto action in the drop-down arrows to the right of the listing.

Automatic change to FBA will automatically change the fulfilment channel to FBA for inventory that has been stranded for 30 days under the stranded reason Merchant fulfilled. You can adjust this setting by clicking Edit automatic-action settings. For listings that you don’t want changed to FBA, select Opt out of auto action in the drop-down arrows to the right of the listing.

Auto-relist can be set to relist in as little as two days. Auto-change to FBA can change fulfilment channels in less than one day if you set it to 0 days.

Important: If you manage expiration dates by stranding inventory, you can avoid automatic reactivation by setting the Start selling date/Offer start date to strand the inventory until a future time. Automatic actions will not apply to these listings.

Here are some tips for using automatic actions:

  • You can prevent accidentally stranding inventory via the bulk upload templates or API. Set the auto-change to FBA settings to 0 or 1 days to make sure your inventory is quickly un-stranded and available for sale.
  • Temporarily close listings for vacation, product evaluation, or religious observance. Close your listings on Manage Inventory and set auto-relist to have them automatically relisted after the desired number of days.
  • Prevent lost sales when you have to close a listing for a restricted ASIN that will be reinstated. After the listing is reinstated it will stay stranded as a closed listing. Change your auto-relist settings to activate the listing more quickly.

How to resolve stranded inventory

If your inventory remains stranded, you will receive an email notification from Amazon. Thirty days after this notification, your inventory will be automatically removed in accordance with the Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement. If you have designated Amazon to accelerate the removal of stranded inventory, the units will be removed more quickly.

Stranded reason Additional information
B2B restricted This item can only be sold by approved B2B merchants. Create a removal order and delete the listing to remove it from Manage Inventory.
Blocked listing

This ASIN is restricted and not available to sell due to intellectual property concerns, quality issues, or product safety. For specific details, see your email or Performance Notifications.

You can either file an appeal or Create a removal order for this inventory. If you create a removal order, you must also go to the Manage Inventory page and delete the listing. For more information, see Blocked listings.

Deleted listing This listing has been deleted To activate an offer, select Create a new listing.
Discontinued listing To resolve this issue, click Create a new listing and create a listing with the same ASIN and SKU as your FBA inventory.
Expired product This product is past the printed expiration date, and cannot be sold. Create a removal order for this inventory.
Food safety investigation

This item has been suppressed due to an ongoing safety investigation. In order to relist your product, contact the manufacturer or brand owner for applicable product safety testing and compliance documents.

Please note that submission of documentation does not guarantee reinstatement.

Future listing sell date Your product is not available for sale because the Start selling date or Offer start date is set to a date in the future. Click Edit listing to change the date.
Inventory error The inventory may be under review in a fulfilment centre or you may need to refresh your listing.
Inventory under review This inventory is under customer service review. No action is currently required. There may be additional information in the Case Log. If it is determined that your inventory cannot be relisted, you are required to Create a removal order.
Item discontinued This ASIN violates FBA policy, or has chronic damage or defect problems, and has been discontinued. You are required to Create a removal order. After the removal order is processed, delete the listing from the Manage Inventory page.
Item merged The ASIN or SKU for this listing has been merged with another ASIN. Contact Seller Support for more information.
Item restricted This is a restricted item. Create a removal order or contact Seller Support for more details.
Listing closed The end date for this listing has passed or the listing has been closed. To activate your listing, click Relist then Save and finish.
Listing closed and inventory error The end date for this listing has passed, or the listing has been closed and an inventory error has occurred. To relist this item click Relist then Save and finish. The listing may show as Inactive (Out of stock) on the Manage Inventory page after relisting. This issue is generally corrected within 3 hours. If the issue persists for more than 24 hours please contact Seller Support.
Listing error Please contact Seller Support for help troubleshooting this issue or Create a removal order.
Merchant Fulfilled (MFN) Your inventory is not available for sale because the fulfilment channel is set to Merchant. To activate the listing, click Change to FBA.
Merchant fulfilled (DG info required) Your inventory is not available for sale because the fulfilment channel is set to Merchant and the ASIN does not have required dangerous goods information. To activate the listing and provide the required information, click Change to FBA.
Miscategorized ASIN This inventory is listed in the incorrect category. Products should be correctly matched to a category/sub-category (for example, mobile phone charger shouldn't be classified as a mobile phone). Sellers may not miscategorise items to bypass Amazon category restriction processes. Go to Change a product’s category to make necessary changes.
Missing price There is no price for your listing. You must include a price in the Price column, or click Edit to update your listing.
Missing SKU

Your inventory is stranded because the FBA and Manage Inventory SKUs or ASINs for this listing do not match. This may be because your product ID, such as the UPC or ASIN, changed, or because there is no listing in Manage Inventory for this SKU. One of the steps below may resolve this issue:


  1. Click Relist then Save and finish. It may take a few minutes to update.
  2. Click Create new listing. Set a price, select I want to ship this item myself to the customer if it sells, set quantity to "0," then click Save and finish. Once finished, click Change to FBA. It may take a few minutes between steps and up to 24 hours for the listing to be fully updated.
  3. Delete the listing and then follow step 2 above.

If these solutions are unsuccessful, contact Seller Support for assistance.

Packaging issue This listing is not certified for Frustration Free Packaging. Create a removal order for this item. After the removal order is processed, delete the product and listing from the Manage Inventory page.
Please review for quality issues Your listing has been paused. This may be due to a listing quality issue, such as a pricing error. Review your listing and verify that all information is correct. To resume selling, click Edit listing, update the listing, then click Save and finish.
Potential logo misuse We removed your listing due to potential misuse of trademarked images on the product detail page. To learn more, see Intellectual Property Policy. Click Edit to inspect your images and remove or replace the infringing images. If you believe your ASINs were removed in error, you may email Seller Support with supporting documentation (for example, a letter of authorisation or licensing agreement).
Potential trademark misuse (self reinstate) Your listing was removed due to potential misuse of trademarked terms on the product detail page. If your ASIN improperly uses a trademarked term, click Edit to update the product detail page to ensure that you are not engaging in the unauthorized use of any trademarks. Once your product is updated, click Save and finish, and it will be automatically reinstated within 24 hours. If no modifications are made, these ASINs will not be reinstated. To learn more about our policies, see Intellectual Property Policy. If you believe your ASINs were removed in error, you may email Seller Support with supporting documentation (for example, a letter of authorisation or licensing agreement).
Product Recall This item has been flagged as a recalled item. In order to relist your product, please remove all inventory, and request a Letter of Compliance from the brand owner. For more information, see Recalled products and Recalled products FAQ.
Product safety investigation This item has been suppressed due to an ongoing safety investigation. In order to relist your product, contact the manufacturer or brand owner for applicable product safety testing and compliance documents. Please note that submission of documentation does not guarantee the product will be reinstated. For more information, see Product Safety & Compliance.
Product update required This listing requires a product update. Click Edit and update any field except for Price or Quantity. For example, go to Keywords and add a term to the Subject field, then click Save and finish. It may take a few minutes to update. If this doesn’t work, Delete the listing and Create a new listing with the same SKU and ASIN.
Qualification required (brand) You must be approved to sell this brand. You can request approval by clicking Edit and then Request approval (if available). If you receive approval, click Edit then Save and finish to activate the listing. If the Request approval button is not available, or if you are not approved to sell this item, you must Create a removal order for the item, then go to the Manage Inventory page and delete the listing.
Qualification required (category) You must be approved to sell items in this category. You can request approval by clicking Edit and then Request approval (if available). If you receive approval, click Edit then Save and finish to activate the listing. If the Request approval button is not available, or if you are not approved to sell this item, you must Create a removal order for the item, then go to the Manage Inventory page and delete the listing.
Qualification required (item) You must be approved to sell this item. You can request approval by clicking Edit and then Request approval (if available). If you receive approval, click Edit then Save and finish to activate the listing. If the Request approval button is not available, or if you are not approved to sell this item, you must Create a removal order for the item, then go to the Manage Inventory page and Delete the listing.
Restricted ASIN

This restricted ASIN is not available for sale. This may be due to intellectual property infringement, product quality issues, or safety concerns. For details about this ASIN, check your email or your Performance Notifications on Seller Central. You may file an appeal or Create a removal order for this inventory.

Note: You may file an appeal or create a removal order for this inventory. Once the appeal is approved, you must relist the ASIN to activate your offer. If you process a removal order, please delete the listing from the Manage Inventory page.

Restricted Product ASIN The product has been identified as a restricted product. If you believe the product should be permitted for sale on Amazon, contact Seller Support and include documentation demonstrating that your account has not violated our Restricted Products policies.
Restricted program Item cannot be sold due to a program-level restriction. Create a removal order for this item.
Trademark misuse Your listing was removed because you may have used trademarks or patents that you do not have the right to use. Create a removal order or your inventory will be changed to unsellable and disposed of after 30 days. To learn more about our policies, see Intellectual Property Policy. If you believe your ASINs were removed in error, you may email Seller Support with supporting documentation (for example, a letter of authorisation or licensing agreement).
Under hazmat review This inventory is under hazmat review. Click Help, search for “dangerous goods,” and enter the ASIN to look up the status of this listing.
Unexpected inventory received We received unexpected inventory in your shipment. To make it available for sale, Create a new listing. For additional help, contact Seller Support.

Field definitions

See the following field definitions table for more information on attributes in the Stranded Inventory Report.

Field Name Description
primary-action

Action needed to bring your inventory out of stranded status. Actions include: Relist, Create removal order, Change to Fulfilled by Amazon, Create a new listing

Note: When re-listing a product or creating a new listing, the following information must match the units in your FBA inventory:
  • ASIN
  • Condition
  • Merchant SKU

If these fields do not match, a second product will be added to your inventory that is not associated with the existing inventory.

date-stranded

This date shows how long your inventory has been stranded and without and active offer.

status-primary

Identifies if the product listing is active, inactive or incomplete. Incomplete listings are those missing price or condition.

status-secondary

For inactive products, this field identifies the reasons (e.g. blocked, out of stock, etc.)

error-message

For select inactive products, additional information is displayed here (e.g. quality alerts).

ASIN

Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (ASINs) are unique blocks of 10 letters or numbers that identify items. ASINs are assigned by Amazon. Find the ASIN on the product detail page.

sku

Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) are unique blocks of letters or numbers that identify your products. You, the seller, assign the SKUs

fnsku

Unique identifier assigned by Amazon to items stored in and fulfilled from an Amazon fulfilment centre.

product-name

The title of your product.

condition

The condition of your product.

fulfilled-by

Indicates whether the product is listed for fulfilment by Amazon or by you as the seller.

fulfillable-quantity

The number of units you have for a SKU in Amazon fulfilment centres that can be picked, packed, and shipped.

your-price

Your current selling price.

unfulfillable-qty

The number of units you have for a SKU in Amazon fulfilment centres that are in unsellable condition.

reserved-quantity

The number of units you have for a SKU in Amazon fulfilment centres that are currently being picked, packed, and shipped or are sidelined for measurement, sampling, or other internal processes.

inbound-shipped-qty

The number of units you have for a SKU that you have shipped to Amazon and are currently in transit.

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