If you don't follow Amazon's packaging requirements and guidelines, you could have your inventory returned from the warehouse and incur extra fees.
To avoid this, you need to become familiar with all important Amazon packaging requirements. Ultimately, this will ensure you meet customer demands effectively and increase sales on Amazon.
In this article, we will run through Amazon FBA packaging requirements you need to be mindful of.
On the Amazon marketplace, product packaging is more than just putting your products in a box and sending them out to be delivered. Amazon has a set of strict packaging requirements that you must comply with. Doing this shows your commitment to customer satisfaction which is something Amazon takes very seriously.
Failing to comply with Amazon packaging requirements can attract penalties and affect your business. Amazon could dispose of your inventory and even block future shipments.
Apart from attracting penalties, packaging your goods properly can prevent damage during transit. Also, properly labeling your goods will avoid mix-ups or losses.
To increase Amazon sales, it is important to understand and follow all packaging requirements. In addition, complying with packaging requirements will ensure your goods get to the customer in perfect condition ultimately boosting your reputation.
Understanding all the Amazon packaging requirements may seem cumbersome. This is why we have grouped them into various categories to help you make sense of them.
Amazon provides FBA-approved packing materials which you can get directly from them. From boxes to poly bags, stretch wraps, bubble packs, and other packaging materials.
Also, if you are an Amazon seller in the US, you can get free packaging supplies from FedEx, UPS, and USPS if you are using their services to send your products to Amazon fulfillment centers.
Boxes are the most common packing materials. They are easy to handle and store. Boxes are more secure and decrease the likelihood of replacement.
However, you can't just use any type of box to ship your items. Here are four types of boxes accepted by Amazon:
Items like a bag or pair of sneakers may not fit properly into a structured box and so can be packaged in polybags. However, polybags must meet certain requirements for FBA shipment:
Bubble wrapping bags are another commonly used type of packaging. This is not a self-contained material in itself and must be used for packing items in a box or poly bag at all times. However, not all items require bubble wrap.
Specific items like delicate goods and extremely heavy goods are recommended for bubble wrapping.
When packing items with bubble wraps, you need to tightly package them and secure them with tape. The external portion of the wrapping bag should also provide a scannable barcode.
Products with similar units should be wrapped as “Sold as a set”.
For example, if you are shipping a set of toys, it should be labeled as “a set of books”
Keep in mind that you need to wrap the set in a ploy bag to ensure proper protection while shipping. You also need to label the set with something like “Do not Separate”. The set should have a new number and each unit within the set should not contain barcodes.
Boxes shipped to Amazon FBA warehouses should contain the following specifications:
A box with similar items with the same SKUs is tagged as Case-packed products. To ship these types of products to Amazon fulfillment centers, you need to ensure it meets the following criteria:
Since all products are identical, only one unit of the product is scanned at Amazon fulfillment centers before the box is placed as inventory.
Here are guidelines for products with expiration dates:
For some special items like baby products, batteries, jewelry, apparel, and many more, there are specific packaging requirements that you can find on Amazon Seller Central.
Amazon FBA labeling is an essential part of order fulfillment. Labels should meet the following criteria:
Once you've packaged and labeled your products, you want to do a final checkup. Create a checklist for the packaging and labeling requirements peculiar to your product and ensure all are ticked.
Next, ensure your box is accurately measured and doesn't exceed a weight of 30kg unless it contains a single oversized item.
If one product reaches a weight of 15 to 30kg, it should be labeled as a Heavy package. Packages with jewelry and timepieces should also not exceed 18.1kg.
Lastly, double-check to ensure your boxes meet all requirements to prevent having your products returned or damaged.
Amazon packaging requirements are quite intense. However, meeting all the requirements is essential for approval. To ensure you cover all packaging guidelines, we suggest you create a checklist to make sure you don't miss a thing.