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2024 Amazon FBA Shipping Fee Changes Shake-Up: Navigating the Latest Changes for Success

Updated: Mar 30

The Ultimate Guide to Navigating Amazon FBA Shipping Changes in 2024

Amazon's FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program is a game-changer for sellers looking to streamline their operations and reach a wider audience. However, keeping up with the latest changes in FBA shipping requirements is crucial for success in 2024. This guide will explore the most recent updates and how to adapt your strategy to stay ahead.

2024 Amazon FBA Shipping Fee Changes Shake-Up: Navigating the Latest Changes for Success

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Policies and Requirements

Prior to listing products for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), understanding the policies and requirements that affect you as a seller is crucial.

1. New Shipping Requirements

Amazon has implemented several changes to its FBA shipping requirements, including stricter guidelines for packaging and labeling. Sellers are now required to use specific box sizes and labeling formats to ensure efficient processing at FBA centers. Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in delays and additional fees.

2. Enhanced Inventory Management Tools

In response to increased demand and supply chain disruptions, Amazon has introduced new inventory management tools for FBA sellers. These tools allow sellers to track their inventory levels in real time, set up automated reorder alerts and optimize their storage space for maximum efficiency.

3. Updated Shipping Fees and Policies

Amazon has revised its shipping fees and policies for FBA sellers in 2024, including changes to storage fees, fulfillment fees, and shipping rates. Sellers can now take advantage of new pricing models and incentives to reduce shipping costs and increase profitability.

4. Improved Seller Support

To help sellers navigate these changes, Amazon has enhanced its seller support services, including dedicated account managers and online resources. Sellers can now access personalized assistance and expert guidance to optimize their FBA shipping strategies. Amazon FBA Packaging and Barcode Requirements Demystified

Before initiating an FBA shipment or instructing your supplier to package your goods, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of Amazon's FBA packaging and preparation requirements.

Tip: Collaborate closely with your supplier to ensure they are well-versed in packaging and preparing goods for Amazon FBA, as most suppliers are familiar with these requirements.

This segment will delve into the prerequisites for preparation, labeling, and packaging for FBA shipments. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in incurring a preparation fee.

FBA Product Barcode Guidelines

FBA utilizes barcodes to monitor and identify sellers' inventory throughout fulfillment. Proper barcoding informs Amazon about which products are associated with your seller account.

Each unit sent to an Amazon fulfillment center must bear a scannable barcode.

Amazon employs two types of barcodes for inventory tracking: Manufacturer's and Amazon barcodes, also known as FNSKU.

Manufacturer's Barcode

Amazon defaults to using the manufacturer's barcode (e.g., UPC barcode) unless you modify your barcode settings to the Amazon barcode. In instances where multiple sellers offer the same product using the manufacturer's barcode, Amazon may fulfill orders using inventory that is geographically closest to the customer.

If you are an arbitrage or wholesale reseller and wish to avoid commingling your inventory with other sellers, you can affix Amazon barcode labels to your units.

Using the FNSKU (Amazon barcode) signifies to Amazon that those specific units are associated with your seller account.

Amazon Barcode (FNSKU)

Use Amazon barcodes to track FBA inventory. FNSKU barcodes must be affixed to all products that do not utilize the manufacturer's barcode. You can either print and label the barcodes on each unit yourself (this can be done during FBA shipment creation), have your supplier print the barcode on your product packaging, or opt for Amazon to label your products for a fee.

If your product lacks a manufacturer's barcode, you can request a GTIN Exemption in Seller Central and all your products will utilize the Amazon barcode instead.

We recommend consistently utilizing the Amazon barcode, as it facilitates inventory tracking and prevents your inventory from being mixed with that of other sellers.

It is important to note that each product on Amazon will have its own FNSKU, even if the manufacturer's barcode is used. Packaging Requirements for Amazon FBA: A Comprehensive Guide

When preparing units for Amazon FBA, adherence to packaging guidelines is paramount. Here's a breakdown of key requirements to ensure your products meet Amazon's standards: Revised Size Tiers and Fees

Effective February 5, 2024, adjustments will be made to Amazon's size tiers and fees. Here are the fundamental changes:

  • The small standard-size tier will be measured at 2-ounce intervals.

  • The large standard-size tier, ranging from 1 to 20 pounds, will now be measured at 4-ounce intervals.

  • These changes will not affect Apparel products.

  • The existing small, medium, large, and unique oversize tiers will be replaced by the new large bulky and extra-large size tiers, each with updated weight and dimensions definitions.

The table below provides specific definitions of each size tier. For more detailed information, visit the Product Size Tiers page.

2024 Amazon FBA Shipping Fee Changes Shake-Up: Navigating the Latest Changes for Success

Source Amazon Seller Central Click to find out a full breakdown of the changes in Amazon FBA fees for 2024

Boxed Units

Products sold in boxes, such as granola bars, must meet specific criteria:

  • The box must have six sides and openings that are not easily opened.

  • It must not collapse under medium pressure on any side.

  • The box must pass a 3-foot drop test if it has perforated sides or openings. Failure requires placing the unit in a polybag.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap may be necessary for items that are:

  • Fragile and prone to damage during transit.

  • Heavy or dense and could damage other items.

  • Fragile products must be in a solid-sided box or completely secured in bubble wrap.

Bubble-wrapped products must:

  • Be tightly wrapped and taped shut to prevent the product from falling out.

  • Have a scannable barcode on the outside.

  • Pass a 3-foot drop test without breaking.

FBA Inbound Shipping Requirements

When preparing your units for shipping to FBA, follow these requirements:

  • Provide box content information during the FBA shipment process, detailing the products, quantities, and box contents.

  • If using a supplier, ensure they understand Amazon's packaging and labeling requirements.

  • Follow the instructions provided by Amazon for packaging shipments to ensure they arrive undamaged and ready for intake at fulfillment centers.

Packing Materials

Amazon allows the following packing materials:

  • Bubble wrap

  • Full sheets of paper

  • Inflatable air pillows

  • Polyethylene foam sheeting

Do not use:

  • Packing peanuts

  • Foam strips

  • Crinkle wrap

  • Shredded paper

  • Thermocol chips

  • Styrofoam

Shipment Label Requirements

Labeling requirements for shipping boxes:

  • Print the full set of labels; do not photocopy, reuse, or modify.

  • Labels should measure 3 1/3 x 4 inches, or use thermal printing paper for a 4 x 6-inch format.

  • Do not place labels on seams or openings of the box.

  • Both the FBA box ID label and carrier label must be placed on a flat surface of the box.

  • Labels must remain uncovered for scanning and readability.

Ensure compliance with these requirements to avoid delays and ensure a smooth FBA shipping process.

5. Future Outlook

Looking ahead, Amazon is expected to continue evolving its FBA program to meet the changing needs of sellers and customers. By staying informed and proactive, sellers can adapt to these changes and continue growing their businesses on Amazon's platform.

Staying updated with the latest changes in Amazon FBA shipping requirements is essential for sellers looking to thrive in 2024. By leveraging new tools, optimizing their strategies, and staying proactive, sellers can confidently navigate these changes and maximize their success on Amazon.


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