Help ensure your products arrive safely and quickly at an Amazon fulfilment centre by following these important requirements for shipment labels and packaging your inventory.
After you decide what you will be shipping to Amazon and determine the appropriate shipping method and carrier to use, it is time for labelling and packaging.
Small parcel deliveries (SPDs) are for items packed in individual boxes and the shipping boxes individually labelled for delivery.
These are normally smaller shipments that are sent through local postal and courier services. For more information, see Small parcel delivery to Amazon.
Less Than Truckload/full truckload (LTL/FTL) shipment combines individual boxes on pallets for delivery. For more information, see Truckload delivery to Amazon.
Each box and pallet you ship to an Amazon fulfilment centre, including one or more units sent in a manufacturer box, must be properly identified with a unique box ID (see example: FBA Box ID label) and pallet label. Follow these guidelines for labelling your boxes:
Print the full set of labels. Because each label is unique, do not photocopy, reuse or modify labels for use on additional boxes.
The FBA label must be printed on A4 size paper and scannable when it arrives at the FC. This will include in-transit time, exposure to light and dust etc. Use LaserJet printers and sticky sheets so the barcode quality is maintained. As an alternate option, you may use a transparent tape to neatly cover the FBA label.
Labels support a measurement of 3 1/3 x 4 inches.
Do not place labels on a seam or opening on the box because they will be damaged when the box is opened.
Place both the Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) box ID label and the carrier label ( SPD carrier services) on a flat surface of the box so the barcodes do not fold over the edges or corners.
Both labels must remain uncovered so they are scannable and readable.
Each box in the shipment must have its own FBA box ID label printed from your Shipping Queue.
Each pallet you send needs four pallet labels, one on the top center of each side.
If you are shipping multiple case packs in a primary carton (a single box containing
smaller case packed boxes), apply the FBA box ID label to the primary carton. You do not
need to apply FBA box ID labels to the case packs inside the primary carton.
Example: FBA Box ID label
For more information on how to print box labels, see Prepare shipment to Amazon. If you have already created your shipment, you can access it from the Shipping Queue.
Important: Failure to label your cartons with the required FBA box ID label may lead to blocking of future shipments.
Making sure that your labels can be scanned quickly and easily when your shipment arrives at the fulfilment centre helps to prevent delays in receiving your inventory.
Tip: The tools in your seller account are optimised for thermal printers. You can also use laser printers. Avoid using ink jet printers. If your printer attempts to scale the PDF print area when you print your labels, make sure the printer scaling is set to None or 100%. We also recommend that you periodically test your barcodes by scanning them.
In the shipment creation workflow, you will have the option to take advantage of Amazon's discounted delivery rates.
In the Select Carrier screen of the workflow, select Small Parcel Delivery as your shipping method and Amazon-Partnered Carrier as the SPD carrier.
After you click Save and Continue, enter the number of packages and the weight of each package.
Accurate carton weight and dimensions are required for all shipments, even if you opt to not provide box content information in Seller Central. For more information see Shipping and routing requirements
The workflow will provide an estimate for the shipment. If you accept the charges, your account will be billed for the cost of shipping. If you decline the charges, you will be returned to the Select Carrier screen so you can choose another carrier option.
You can cancel charges for the shipment and use another carrier by clicking Void charges at the Shipping charges step, provided you cancel within 24 hours of accepting the charges. For more information, see Amazon Partnered Carrier options.
Important: Canceling the shipment does not cancel the inbound transportation charge for the Amazon-Partnered Carrier. You must follow the steps above to void the charge. If 24 hours have passed since you approved the charge, you will not be able to cancel it or get a refund.
After you complete your shipment, give your box to your scheduled pickup driver or take the package to a local carrier drop off site of your choice.
Important: You will need to reach out to the SPD carrier to schedule a pickup request.